Bilateral Programs for Parallel Support

The bilateral programs for parallel support of industrial R&D constitute a platform for promotion of technological innovation among industrial and research entities. The Authority operates these programs in collaboration with R&D and innovation funding bodies in leading countries, provinces and cities in Asia, North and South America, Europe, and Australia.

Objective
Initiation of bilateral or multilateral R&D joint projects, conducted simultaneously in Israel by local affiliates and abroad by designated partners.

Benefits
Identification of foreign strategic partners based upon Israel’s network of international agreements (the European Framework Programme Horizon 2020, Eureka, bi-lateral agreements with entities in Asia-Pacific, Europe and in the Americas), due diligence, and local R&D funding.

Advantages
Involvement in global collaborations with worldwide expertise • shared intellectual property rights through commercialization of joint developments.

Availbility
Yearlong submission of applications

Goal of the incentive programs:
To promote international cooperation in R&D based on significant technological innovation. These programs also offer assistance in finding technological business partners, as well as access to governmental support for the project.

Who are the programs for?

  • Technological industrial companies from all industry sectors that wish to develop or upgrade the development of products, services or manufacturing processes with an international partner.
  • Israeli technology companies and start-ups seeking to create strategic alliances and partnerships with companies and organizations abroad, to expand their operations, to undertake Beta site and trial (pilot) projects, to gain access to innovative R&D infrastructure abroad (labs, simulators, etc.), locate additional sources of financing, break into new markets and benefit from the access to knowledge and technology existing overseas.

What do you get?

  • Assistance in finding a foreign partner.
  • Conditional grants of up to 50% of the approved budget of a R&D project, or in accordance with the financial incentive program relevant for a joint project.
  • Depending on the nature of the R&D collaboration agreement between the two countries, the collaboration’s approval can be provided without financial assistance (self-financing of the applicant company).

Terms of the programs:

  • The support is provided subject to the provisions of the R&D Law applicable to the relevant incentive program, and in accordance with the various bilateral agreements. In most cases, the criteria for submission of applications to the bilateral programs include the following:
    • The product, service or industrial process to be developed within the framework of cooperation should be innovative, suitable for commercialization in the target markets, and have added value for the Israeli economy and for the project partner.
    • The partner companies must have the ability to implement the project and the R&D processes necessary for its completion, as well as the ability to fund their proportionate share in the process required for project realization.
    • Research institutes and academic entities are allowed to take part in the cooperation as subcontractors.
    • The partner companies must demonstrate that the cooperation between them is necessary for the development of a value-added technology, resulting from the transfer of knowledge between the companies, as well as from sharing of resources, infrastructure or commercial relationships, innovative application of existing technologies to new markets and more.
    • The partner companies will sign an agreement to regulate the rights to their intellectual property (IP) and ownership of new IP, which will be produced during the project and its commercialization. This agreement is to be subject to the R&D Law.
  • Please carefully read the complete list of conditions, which specifies the rights and obligations of the companies, as detailed on the Authority’s website.

Israeli Companies

Israeli companies seeking further information on the requirements and application process to this program, should refer to the Israel Innovation Authority's Hebrew site: https://innovationisrael.org.il/program/2851