Research and development

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  1. Sources on R&D Projects in Israel
  2. International R&D Cooperation

1. Sources on R&D Projects in Israel

The Israel National Database for Academic Research and Development (INDARD)

"An encyclopedic picture of academic research in Israel." The site, set up by the Forum of University Research Authority Directors and the Ministry of Science, features a searchable database of research projects.

Israel Research and Development (ISRAD)

This site, which is under development, will incorporate the INDARD database, and promises additional features, such as: a discussion group on grant proposal development; a digital library covering such matters as regulations, standards and policies governing R&D in Israel; listings of local and global scientific conferences.

Forum of University Research Authority Directors

Israel Aerospace Medicine Institute(IAMI)
P.O. Box 4572, Jerusalem 91044. Tel/fax: 972 2 6414 333. E-Mail:

Information on Israeli research on life sciences in space, in cooperation with other local and foreign agencies. The site includes an impressive list of space related links.

The Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport
Buried in the site is detailed information about calls for research proposals, researcher exchange programs, workshops, seminars and conferences, and other activities. Ministry publications are listed, and some can be downloaded. The list includes "From Planning to Action", subtitled 'National Initiatives for Developing Scientific and Technological Infrastructures', which gives, inter alia, an overview of Israel's international scientific relations.

2. International R&D Cooperation



The Israeli Industry Center for R&D. See under Matchmakers for fuller description.

Membership in International scientific organizationsis a government sponsored site that gives details of Israel's participation in a variety offields.


Israel-United States Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD-F)
POB 39104 Tel Aviv 61390 Tel: 972 3 647 0710 Fax: 972 3 649 8341

The BIRD-F fund promotes R&D cooperation between Israeli and US companies. "Any pair of companies, one from each country, may jointly apply for BIRD support, if between them they have the capability and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell and support an innovative product based on industrial R&D."

US Israel Science and Technology Commission
Israel - 1 Ben Yehuda Street Tel Aviv 63801 Tel: 972 3 517 0963 USA - Technology Administration, Room 4821 U.S. Department of Commerce Washington, DC 20230 Tel: 202 482 6351

The Commission stems from an agreement between US President Clinton and the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin to set up a body "to enhance cooperation and create technology based jobs".

US-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF)
USISTF is a non-government organization charged with managing and carrying out strategic programs developed by the United States-Israel Science and Technology Commission. It manages the Technology Excellence Fellowship (TEF) Program

United States Israel Binational Research and Development Fund (BARD)

"BARD funds cooperative agricultural research between scientists of the United States and Israel on topics considered to be of mutual benefit to the agriculture of both countries."

United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation
POB.7677 Jerusalem 91076 Tel: 972 2 561 7314 Fax: 972 2 563 3287

"The BSF supports cooperative research projects of mutual interest to the United States and Israel, concerned with science and technology for peaceful purposes. Basic and applied research projects are considered."

US Israel Biotech Council

"The US- Israel Biotech Council (USIBC) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting strategic alliances between growing North American and Israeli Life Sciences industries, through networking, information exchange, and public policy initiatives."


< Canadian Israel Industrial R&D Foudnation (CIIRDF)
CIIRDF is run on similar lines to the BIRD fund.


EU Commission for Research The Commission is responsible for the EU Sixth European Framework Programme for Research (2002-2006), in which Israel is a participating member. ISERD (see below) and MATIMOP (see above) provide services for Israeli companies, institutes and organizations interested in participating in the Framework Programmes.

Israeli Directorate for the EU Framework Programme is an Israeli government sponsored body that promotes the participation of Israeli companies and research institutions in the EU Framework Programme. It provides guidance on submitting project proposals to the Sixth Framework Programme.

The Community Research and Development Information Service "provides information on a vast range of research, development and innovation activities undertaken on a European level." Includes information on the Fifth Framework Programme.

Delegation of the European Commission to the State of Israel
Paz Tower 31-35 Betzalel Street, Ramat Gan 52521. Tel: 972-3-6137799, fax: 972-3-6137770.

Information on EU-Israel agreements, including those covering scientific and technical cooperation and telecommunications procurement.


Israel has a special relationship with Eureka, an organisation which "promotes pan-European, market-oriented research and development." The site includes a project database and a matchmaking facility.

German-Israeli Foundation for Scientific Research and Development (G.I.F.)
P.O.Box 7008 Jerusalem 91070

Israel has an agreement with Germany (GICT) for promoting R&D cooperation between Israeli and German companies.

AFIRII- The French-Israeli Association for Industrial Research and Innovation


Korea Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (Koril-RDF)

Tel: 972-2-846-2074 Fax: 972-2-846-4392 E-mail: Koril

Koril-RDF provides financial and other support for joint R&D projects by Israeli and Korean high-tech companies.

The SIIRD (Singapore-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation) agreement with Singapore promotes R&D cooperation between Israeli and Singapore companies.


Israel has signed memoranda of understanding on R&D co-operation with several countries. The Office of the Chief Scientist site provides a complete list.

See also:

Financial benefits available from international R&D funds are described under Investment Incentives.

For further information about international R&D agreements, contact the Ministry of Industry and Trade - 30 Agron St. POB 299, 91002 Jerusalem Tel 972 2 622 0220 Fax. 972 2 624 5110

Cybermetrics Lab listing of Israeli research centers.
The "Ranking Web of World Research Centers" is an initiative of the Cybermetrics Lab, a research group belonging to the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientםficas (CSIC), the largest public research body in Spain.

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