The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA), Texas-Israel Exchange Fund (TIE), and the Bi-national Agricultural Research and Development Fund (BARD) created a grant program to promote mission oriented, strategic and applied, collaborative agricultural research and development activities conducted jointly by scientists in Texas and Israel. Funded projects are expected to yield applicable results within 3-5 years. Benefits would result through developing solutions to mutual agricultural problems that will in turn foster the development of trade, mutual assistance, and business relations between Texas and Israel. The TIE and BARD Boards may award a total amount of up to $1.5 million cooperatively.
The fund is focusing on the following topics:
- Efficient use and management of soil and water for agriculture
- Post harvest food technologies – quality, safety and security
- Horticulture, field and garden crops – including floriculture and drought tolerance
Each project is limited to a maximum award of $50,000 ($25,000 from TIE and $25,000 from BARD) per year, not to exceed a duration of three years and a maximum amount of $150,000 ($75,000 from TIE and $75,000 from BARD) for the three-year period.