(Aug. 5, 3:20 p.m.) The Center for Produce Safety at the University of California-Davis is seeking proposals for $1 million in food safety research grants in collaboration with the U.S.-Israel Binational Agriculture Research Development Fund.

The program is designed to boost food safety research in the two countries, said Bonnie Fernandez, executive director for the center.

This is the second round of grants the center has announced within a month. As with the first, the grants would be made up of matching funds of $500,000 from the center, which originated from a $1 million contribution from Taylor Farms LLC, Salinas, Calif. The Israeli research program has donated $500,000, Fernandez said.

“We’ve now taken a million dollars of the Taylor fund and turned it into $2 million in research funds,” she said.

The program will fund a number grants based on proposals from U.S. and Israeli researchers to carry out joint agriculture research projects.

“This is an interesting program because you match up an Israeli researcher with a U.S. researcher to work on different parts of the same project,” she said. “We’re very fortunate to be able to work with a tried-and-true organization like this.”

Fernandez said the goal of the project is similar to that of the Center for Produce Safety.

“It focuses on applied research, and that’s our mission too,” she said. “That’s what was so appealing to the advisory board, that the two missions fit so well together.”

She said technical committees from both organizations would agree on research priorities. The call for proposals will be announced in the fall.

“Every stage of the game you have Israeli scientists in representation in concert with the U.S. scientists making the decisions,” she said.

She said the maximum amount for any one project would most likely be $150,000.

“But you could have someone who only wants $10,000, so you really don’t know the numbers,” she said. “You could have only two projects or you could have 10, it just depends on the priorities.”

Over the last 29 years, the U.S.-Israel Binational Agriculture Research Development Fund has paid for more than 870 agricultural research projects.