Israel–Finland Pilot Program Call for Proposals
Deadline for Submission:31/12/2019
Finland and Israel are both leading innovative economies that have put technology and innovation at the core of their economy. This pilot program is a milestone bringing the Finnish and Israeli ecosystems together. The program is led by the Israel Innovation Authority and Helsinki Business Hub and will provide funding and free-of-charge matching services for Israeli and Finnish capital region-based (here after: “Greater Helsinki-based”) companies that would like to find a partner in the respective country to pilot their solutions.
The program will focus especially on (but not limited to) digital health, smart mobility and information & communication technologies.
Applicants are expected to develop ready-to-market solutions for products, technology based services or methods, which have strong market potential. The call is open to Israeli and Greater Helsinki-based companies for the purpose of: co-developing, testing or piloting impactful technologies, products, services and/or devices; improving an existing process and/or applying new process in particular technological areas.
The projects should always include one Israeli and one Finnish partner
Digital Health, Smart Mobility, ICT
Funding and free-of charge matching services for Finnish and Israeli startups that would like to find a partner in the respective market is available.
Israeli Israeli companies who found a partner, may apply for funding to the Israel Innovation Authority and need to submit the following documents:
- Application Form (Word)
- Budget Request (Excel up to 50 employees) or Budget Request (Excel over 50 employees)
- Statement of authorization
- Certificate of Incorporation
- Resource concentration form (if more than one application is submitted per year)
Expenses supported by the Innovation Authority within the framework of these projects include:
- Upgrade and/or production modification
- Travel abroad – based on rules for cooperative projects
- Regulatory conformation
- Establishment of beta-site
- Portion of work by Israeli sub-contractors
- Portion of work by foreign sub-contractors
- Portion of production permitted abroad – based on royalty regulations
- Utility Patent
Helsinki-based startups can apply for travel grants from the City of Helsinki to support their international expansion. Criteria available on: https://newcohelsinki.fi/en/travel-grant-for-helsinki-based-startups/
Contact person: Lauri Määttänen, City of Helsinki, Tel. +358 40 522 8269, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Any Finnish company can apply for Business Finland’s funding. Criteria available on: https://www.businessfinland.fi/suomalaisille-asiakkaille/palvelut/rahoitus/pk-ja-midcap-yritys/tutkimus-ja-kehitysrahoitus
The expected project results will have to contribute to the development of commercial products, applications and/or technology-based services. The project proposals have to comply with the following guidelines:
- The partners should include at least one Israeli and one Greater Helsinki-based partner. One of them has to be a commercial company.
- Participation of research institutes/universitites is welcome as additional participants or subcontractors according to each country’s funding regulations.
- The project should have an obvious advantage and added value resulting from the cooperation between the participants from the two countries (e.g. increased knowledge base, commercial leads, access to R&D infrastructure, piloting of new technologies, new fields of application, etc.)
- Companies that already have a partner may submit their application through their national funding agencies.
Companies that do not have a local partner can use the Partner Search services:
- An Israeli applicant will submit all relevant information (including the Application Form and a one-page description of the company) by e-mail to Uzi Bar-Sadeh, Bilateral Programs Manager: email@example.com. Following initial validation, applications will be forwarded to Helsinki Business Hub, (Contact person: Miska Hakala, firstname.lastname@example.org, + 358 40 737 4697), to assist with finding a local partner. (See here how HBH will use your data)
- A Finnish applicant will submit all relevant informaiton (including the Application Form and a one-page description of the company) by email to the Embassy of Finland, Tel Aviv to: email@example.com, Following initial validation, applications will be forwarded to Mr. Uzi Bar-Sadeh, Bilateral Programs Manager at ISERD, Israel Innovation Authority to assist with finding a local Israeli partner.
Declaration concerning personal data collection
Regarding the data collection, storage, protection, retention and destruction of any personal data, the Israel – Europe R&I Directorate hereby confirm that Technical and Organizational measures, monitoring and controls are in place in order to comply with applicable data protection laws.
Dan Seker, DPO: firstname.lastname@example.org