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Cycle 20 Eligibility Criteria

Please note that the Cycle 20 deadlines have passed. The proposal eligibility information provided below is for reference purposes only.


For Collaborative Research Grants, 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 2019 Announcement, support for competitively awarded research and development cooperation may take the form of:

1. Junior Scientist Development Visit Grants: Short-term, research 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
• Up to 2- 3 years in duration


The Joint Board will consider applications for research in the four general areas of agriculture, energy, health, and water, or for work at the nexus of two or more of the four general areas. In addition, applications will be accepted in machine learning/artificial intelligence in one of these four general areas.
o Agriculture:
Priority Topic: Animal health, including prevention, detection, and response to livestock diseases

Priority Topic: Smart agriculture and irrigation including translational research into water issues related to smart agriculture, with a focus on agriculture technologies and water irrigation, reuse, and management
o Health:
Priority Topic: Infectious diseases and immunology, with a special interest in anti-microbial resistance and translational research that strengthens prevention, detection, and the management of disease in humans including zoonotic diseases
Priority Topic: Cancer, with a special interest in translational research that can advance prevention, detection, or clinical care
o Energy:
Priority Topic: New trends in renewable energy

Priority Topic: Energy storage and efficiency, including photovoltaic systems use and recycling, mini and micro-cogeneration, energy flexibility quantification, and opportunities for smart charging and vehicle to grid application
Priority Topic: Production and use of oil, gas, and coal
o Water:
Priority Topic: Impacts of sea-level rise, with a focus on innovative coastal engineering and advanced technologies to mitigate saltwater intrusion

Priority Topic: Groundwater resources - innovative exploration techniques and research on groundwater resources, with a focus on the Western Desert
Priority Topic: Desalination technology, including applications of renewable energy powered technologies

Priority Topic: Wastewater management and reuse
o Other:
Priority Topic: Machine learning/artificial intelligence applications in one of the above areas (agriculture, health, energy, or water)

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.