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The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) asked Ovaitt Health Media to completely rethink and redesign the presentation that they used to pitch potential new donors. Specifically, ...

The United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation (BSF) asked Ovaitt Health Media to completely rethink and redesign the presentation that they used to pitch potential new donors. Specifically, BSF asked Ovaitt Health Media to focus on the themes of scientific discovery and diplomacy while building the new presentation. Ovaitt Health Media created story and design concepts, designed all graphics and developed all slide templates for the presentation.

To incorporate themes such as scientific discovery, Ovaitt Health Media utilized science metaphors to explain the role of BSF. A catalyst and chain reaction are used to illustrate the theme of scientific discovery.

Ovaitt Health Media made the slide deck more appealing to target audiences by reducing text and increasing the use of visuals. For example, the original slide deck only provided a bulleted list of BSF’s grant evaluation criteria. Ovaitt Health Media converted this list into a diagram designed to vaguely resemble a benzene ring.



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  • TREATY SIGNED 27 SEPT. 1972 Lieutenant General Yitzhak Rabin Ambassador of Israel The Honorable Joseph J. Sisco U.S. Secretary of State
  • From its inception, the promotion of scientific research has been one of Israel's major goals […]. The partnership struck between the scientific communities of the United States and Israel has served to boost a fertile cooperation between the best researchers in both our countries. Mr. Shimon Peres President of the State of Israel
  • COLLABORATE Compound: Group of elements bonded together. Role of BSF: Promotes science diplomacy & collaboration between U.S. & Israel by supporting collaborative research.
  • INCUBATE Incubator: Provides necessary conditions for growth and development. Role of BSF: Identifies and supports scientific excellence from its infancy.
  • CATALYZE Catalyst: Lowers amount of energy needed for reaction to occur. Adding catalysts can cause chain reaction. Role of BSF: Sets scientific discovery in motion and accelerates the path to discovery.
  • DISCOVERY GRANTS Even Years • Health and Life Sciences • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences • Biomedical Engineering 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 Odd Years • Physics/Mathematics/Chemistry • Computer Sciences • Earth, Energy, Ecology and Environmental Sciences • Chemistry and Material Sciences • Economics and Sociology 2018
  • OTHER GRANT PROGRAMS ONGOING BSF GRANT PROGRAMS INCLUDE: • • • • • • Start-up research grants Workshop grants Post Doctoral Fellowships Young Scientist Awards Travel grants Energy research grants
  • EVALUATION CRITERIA Breadth/Depth of Collaboration PI Credentials Potential Scientific/ Socio-economic Impact and Metrics Scientific/ Technological Merit Impact, Originality and Innovation Existing Infrastructure for Successful Discovery
  • EVALUATION PROCESS 1 U.S./Israeli Scientific Advisors generate peer review panels from both countries 2 Panel members generate review summary and recommendations 3 BSF Board finalizes number of grants to be awarded
  • SCOPE $500 MILLION in grants awarded More than 500 PROJECTS supported Israeli scientists have collaborated on projects with U.S. scientists from 45 STATES
  • SCIENTISTS More than 7,000 SCIENTISTS supported 40 NOBEL laureates
  • SUCCESS STORIES • Cancer Diagnostics • Used Positron Emitting Tomography (PET) to identify functional disorders, including cancer • Stem Cell Therapy to Reduce Brain Defects • Used stem cells to replace defective brain cells • Life Outside Our Solar System • Developed infrared optical fibers that will be used by NASA to identify habitable extra-solar planets • Alzheimer’s Disease • Developed neuropeptide-based drugs that are now in clinical trials.
  • SUCCESS STORIES • Superior Solid Lubricants • Discovered nanotubes and nanoparticles that paved way for development of solid lubricants with large-scale applications • Defenses Against Chemical Warfare and Insecticide Poisoning • Developed strategies for alleviating consequences of chemical stresses such as chemical warfare • Anti-Cancer Drug Development • Discovered that heparanase, a unique human enzyme, played a key role in cancer progression • Era of Exoplanets • Discovered planet that led to new era in astrophysics
  • EXOPLANETS Collaboration began in 1984 David Latham, Ph.D. Senior Astronomer, Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics Prof. Tsevi Mazeh Professor of Physics and Astronomy, Tel Aviv University
  • EXOPLANETS Each PI uniquely contributes to collaboration Latham: instrumentation and equipment Mazeh: maps and theoretical algorithms
  • EXOPLANETS 1989 Discovery of unexpected planet in unexpected orbit 38 high-impact, peer review journal publications, including Nature Magazine
  • EXOPLANETS 2000 The era of quantitative studies of exoplanetary astrophysics was born. David Latham in New Astronomy Reviews 56 (2012) 16–18.
  • Kepler project launched in 2009 NASA accepted proposal from Latham and Mazah. Kepler project launched to identify exoplanets. $640 million project that identified over 1,000 exoplanets. Kepler investigated a 0.25% area of solar system with celestial coordinates. Image Credit: NASA 2009
  • Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) In May 2013, NASA launched TESS to search for additional exoplanets $200 million program that created 800 high-level NASA jobs TESS satellite Photo credit: TESS team 2011 House Subcommittees on Space and Research & Technology hosted hearing
  • NSF/BSF COLLABORATION The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent U.S. government agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote science and engineering through research programs and education projects.
  • NSF/BSF COLLABORATION Computational Neuroscience Israel is 1 of 4 countries to participate in initiative Computer Science Grants for U.S. scientists to travel to Israel Chemistry Israel joined NSF’s International Collaboration in Chemistry (ICC) Biology/ Integrative Organismal Systems Israel is NSF’s 1st global partner in field.
  • ENERGY Collaboration between the Israeli Ministry of Infrastructure and the U.S. Department of Energy Supports research in alternative energy, renewable energy and energy efficiency $200,000 grant for a period of up to three years
  • TRANSFORMATIVE SCIENCE Research proposals with potential to generate new scientific paradigm or new fields of science Up to 2 awards annually $300,000 grant for a period up to three years