Partnership with the U.S.-Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD)
In 2013, NIFA signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the U.S.–Israel Binational Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) to promote collaboration among U.S. and Israeli scientists and engineers.
While the MOU does not obligate either nation to specific funding, it offers the framework for facilitating collaborations through the partnership that BARD and the U.S. government have shared since 1977. This partnership allows Israeli scientists to collaborate with U.S. scientists in specific Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) programs. The partnership with BARD focuses on the goals of both organizations and in support of such critical topics as climate variability and change, animal production systems, breeding and genomics and water for agriculture.
In 2015, NIFA’s Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI) Water for Agriculture challenge area funded two NIFA-BARD collaborative projects:
- Rapid Hydrophobicity Sensing and Computing through MAV-based Hyperspectral Imaging; and
- Enhanced Resilience of Local Agricultural Water Supplies through Reuse of Municipal and Agricultural Wastewater: A Dynamic EC.
In fiscal year 2016, two NIFA-BARD collaborative projects were funded through the Water for Agriculture challenge area:
- NIFA-BARD Collaborative: Exposure Risks of Pathogens and Disinfection Byproducts From On-Site Treated Rainwater And Drainage Water for Irrigation; and
- Securing Water for and from Agriculture Through Effective Community and Stakeholder Engagement.
NIFA's Improving Food Safety program funded one project:
For more information, please read the BARD Memorandum of Understanding.