Promotes and assists participation of Israeli companies in international bilateral or multilateral cooperation programs for industrial R&D.
Promotes joint industrial development of advanced technologies.
Maintains updated database of projects in many advanced technologies and database of profiles of Israeli industrial companies seeking international cooperation.
Europe’s R&D Framework Agreement – ISERD
Israel is the only non-European country fully associated with the EU’s Framework Program for Research and Development. The Framework Program is the main facilitator for research funding
in Europe, bringing together industrial and academic research.
The program offers Israeli companies and research organizations an opportunity to participate in jointly implemented projects with European counterparts and thus become better integrated into
European business and scientific communities.
ISERD – The Israeli Directorate for EU FP7, operating through the Office of the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, is Israel’s official National Contact Point (NCP) with the EU, for all FP activities.
ISERD aims to promote joint Israeli-EU R&D ventures within the FPs.
Grants to SMEs are 75% of the full cost with real overheads. Large industrial partners will receive 50% of the full cost with real overheads.
Eureka is the largest European program for Industrial R&D, supported by nearly 40 member states.
Israel is a full member in Eureka since 2000, and will chair the program in 2010-2011. Currently Israeli companies take part in more than 10% of all running Eureka programs.
Eureka is aiming to promote collaborative market-driven R&D projects in virtually all fields of civilian technology. Being non- bureaucratic and SME friendly, over 40% of Eureka project participants are small/ medium enterprises (SME) – including start up companies.
The projects enjoy access to national and regional funding schemes. Israeli companies participating in the program are entitled to receive R&D grants from the OCS.
Since 2008, Eureka operates together with the European Commission the Eurostars program, dedicated to support in favorable conditions R&D performing in SME’s and start-ups in close to market R&D projects.
Matimop, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, is the national agency acting on behalf of the OCS as the Israeli national program coordinator (NPC) for Eureka , Eurostars, Galileo and bilateral programs with European countries, regions and R&D organizations.
The Global Enterprise R&D Cooperation Framework - GIRDF
This program attracts prominent multinational corporations (MNC) to forge investment cooperation deals with Israeli startups.
The Framework’s main purpose is to provide a friendly, favorable approach & supportive work environment (“one-stop-shop”) for Israeli start-ups looking to collaborate with the MNC.
Within this framework, both OCS and the MNC commit to invest in pre-selected R&D projects, conducted jointly by the MNC and the Israeli company.
The MNC is not requested to invest money; instead it can provide the startup with facilities like: technological guidance, borrowing equipment, lab facilities, discounted software licenses, business mentoring, etc.
The IP, created from the joint project, may be owned jointly by the startup and the MNC.
OCS operates several MNC R&D cooperation agreements with IBM, Oracle, Merck, Coca Cola, Deutsche-Telecom.
The programs enable the participation in joint R&D projects with foreign counterparts.
Grants are up to 50% of R&D expenses of each company from each state.
Fund Name Countries
BIRD Israel - USA (www.birdf.com )
BRITECH Israel - UK (www.britech.org )
CIIRDF Israel - Canada (www.ciirdf.ca )
KORIL-RDF Israel - Korea (www.koril-rdf.or.kr )
SIIRD Israel - Singapore (www.siirdf.com )
For further details on each of these funds see website address or contact OCS directly.
Bi-Lateral R&D programs
The Government of Israel through the OCS has signed agreements together with other governments to actively support and encourage industrial R&D cooperation between Israeli
and overseas industries.
International industrial R&D cooperation will usually include access to know-how and technologies that are not otherwise readily available to the participants as well as access to new markets.
Matimop, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, operates international R&D agreements on behalf of the OCS with Italy, Belgium, Ireland, Germany, Holland, Spain, Portugal, Finland, France, Sweden, Denmark, India, Turkey, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, Greece, China, Russia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Ontario (Canada), Maryland (USA) and Victoria (Australia).
The programs enable access to sources of national and regional funding; Israeli companies taking part in these programs are entitled to receive R&D grants from the OCS.
US-Israel Science & Technology Commission
The US-Israel Science & Technology Commission creates an infrastructure for bi-national collaboration at the highest levels of government, academia and industry.
The Commission acts for the removal of impediments and the development of a seamless work environment for conducting R&D collaboration and maximizing the contribution of science and technology to economic growth.
The Commission focuses on Life Sciences, Clean Technology, Homeland Security, Aerospace, Renewed Energy, Water Technology, and Personalized Healthcare.
Michel Hivert Managing Director
MATIMOP - the Israeli Industry Center for R&D
29 HAMERED ST. TEL AVIV, ISRAEL
Web site: http://www.matimop.org.il/