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Cycle 19 Eligibility Criteria

Please note that the Cycle 19 deadline has passed. The proposal submission information provided below is for reference purposes only.


Researchers from U.S. and Egyptian scientific institutes, universities, scientific societies, and governmental agencies are eligible to apply. U.S. researchers from private sector companies are also eligible to apply. 

Egyptian PIs must have full-time affiliation at an eligible Egyptian institution.


For the 2018 Announcement, support for competitively awarded research and development cooperation may take the form of:

1. Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants: Short term non-academic training visits for Egyptian researchers to U.S. institutions.

  • Up to a maximum of $30,000 USD
  • No more than 9 months in duration

2. Collaborative Research Grants: Intended to foster research collaboration between Egyptian and U.S. scientists.

  • Up to $200,000 USD maximum for each country's research team
  • 2- 3 years in duration


The Joint Board will consider applications for research in the four general areas of agriculture, energy, health, and water. All proposals must be within one of the below priority or eligible topics, or propose work at the nexus of two or more of the four general areas.

  • Agriculture
    • Priority Topic: Translational research into water issues related to smart agriculture, with a focus on agriculture technologies and water irrigation, reuse, and management
    • Eligible Topics: Smart agriculture; irrigation; prevention, detection, and response to livestock diseases
  • Health
    • Priority Topic: Translational infectious disease research that strengthens prevention, detection, and response for humans and/or animals
    • Priority Topic: Translational cancer research
    • Eligible Topics: Cancer; immunology; infectious diseases; anti-microbial resistance (AMR)
  • Energy
    • Eligible Topics: Energy storage systems; new trends in energy technology and innovation
  • Water
    • Eligible Topics: Desalination technology; wastewater management and reuse
  • Other
    • Priority Topic: Responsible conduct of research in any of the four general areas

Proposals in priority topics and interdisciplinary research, at the nexus of two or more of the four general areas, will receive priority consideration during review. Applicants are urged to clarify the relevance of their proposals with respect to these general areas and the priority topics. 

Proposals for translational research should include ‎a plan for how the researchers will work with/engage potential users of their research/results as part of their research design. It is strongly preferred that the potential technology end users be located in Egypt or the United States.