Incentive Programs for Innovation with Government Entities

Collaboration between the Innovation Authority and the various government ministries enables to focus government effort in selected fields, including: funding support for high-risk initiatives, supplementary support of regulatory entities with the regulatory requirements for pilot tests, access to government-owned trial sites and facilities, significant impact on the growth of Israeli companies, and the creation of market influence from technological application in further levels of the local innovation ecosystem. 

The incentive programs enable Israeli technology companies to receive support in their R&D programs or trial programs (pilot – a trial for assessing feasibility/proving the value of an existing technology in a work surrounding that simulates the target market) in selected fields, according to calls for proposals and submission deadlines to be publicized in the following frameworks:

  • Support for trial programs in the field of transportation
  • Support for trial programs in the field of environmental protection
  • Support for trial programs and R&D programs in the field of digital health
  • Support for trial programs in conjunction with the Government Companies Authority
  • Support for encouraging R&D in the field of space technologies
  • Support for Groundbreaking R&D Programs in the Field of Cyber
  • Support for Pilot Programs in the Field of Cyber
  • Support for agricultural R&D and pilots
  • Assistance for investment in projects for energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

Support for Trial Programs in the Field of Transportation

This incentive program, that supports pilot programs in the field of transportation, is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority, the Ministry of Transport, and the Fuel Choices and Smart Mobility Initiative in the Prime Minister’s Office. The objective of the program is the development and application of transportationrelated innovative technologies and operative perceptions that will advance the field and develop the Israeli high-tech industry with the aim of streamlining and improving transportation, both in Israel and abroad.

The incentive program is intended for Israeli technology companies in the field of transportation. The participating companies will receive financial support of between 20%-50% of the approved Pilot's expenditures. An exceptional support rate of 75% of approved R&D expenditures will be awarded to programs with potential for exceptional impact on streamlining and improving transportation in Israel. Regulatory assistance may also be given by the Ministry of Transport in the implementation of a trial program and in receiving relevant designated regulatory delineation.

Support for Trial Programs in the Field of Environmental Protection

This incentive program supports R&D and trial (pilot) programs in the fields of environmental protection and is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The program’s objective is to develop and implement innovative technologies in the field of environmental protection (cleantech) and evaluate their feasibility on an industrial scale and among relevant clients. Other objectives include: development and implementation of technologies that lead to a reduction in the use of natural resources and/or to a reduction in pollutant emissions; the cultivation of complete and sustainable environmental protection companies in Israel by promoting innovative technological solutions.      
 
The incentive program is intended for Israeli technology companies in the field of environmental protection. The participating companies will receive financial support of between 20%-50% of the approved Pilot's expenditures. An exceptional support rate of 75% of approved R&D expenditures will be awarded to programs with potential for exceptional impact on the environment. Regulatory assistance may also be given by the Ministry of nvironmental Protection in the implementation of a trial program and in receiving relevant designated regulatory delineation.  

Support for Trial Programs and R&D Programs in the Field of Digital Health

This incentive program supports R&D programs and trial (pilot) programs in the field of digital Health and is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority, the Ministry of health and the Headquarters for the National Digital Israel Initiative in the Ministry of Social Equality. The objective of the program is to promote the health system and public health, both in Israel and abroad, through the development and application of innovative technologies in the field of digital Health and evaluation of their feasibility among the health organizations in Israel. Furthermore, this incentive program also encourages the creation and cultivation of complete and sustainable companies in the field of digital medicine in Israel via the promotion of innovative technological solutions.

The incentive program is aimed at Israeli technology companies (that are not one of the existing health organizations in Israel) for projects in the field of digital health, to be implemented by the Israeli health organizations, or that are based on their capabilities, figures or data. The participating companies will receive financial support of between 20%-50% of the approved Pilot expenditures. An exceptional support rate of 75% of approved R&D expenditures will be awarded to programs with potential for exceptional impact on the health system and public health, both in Israel and abroad, or that constitutes a technological breakthrough in its field.

Support for Trial Programs in Conjunction with the Government Companies Authority

This incentive program supports R&D and trial (pilot) programs at government companies’ sites and is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority, the Government Companies Authority at the Ministry of Finance. The program’s objective is to develop and examine technologies which enable the streamlining of the government companies’ financial activity and commercial performance via trial sites of relevant government companies.

The incentive program is intended for Israeli technology companies (that are not government companies) which will implement their initiative at government companies’ sites or via their capabilities, data or information. Participating companies will receive financial support of between 20%-50% of the approved Pilot's expenditures. An exceptional support rate of 60% of approved Pilot's expenditures will be awarded to programs with potential for exceptional impact on government companies’ financial activity. 

Support for Encouraging R&D in the Field  of Space Technologies

This incentive program encourages R&D to find technological solutions in the various fields of space and is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority and the Israeli Space Agency in the Ministry of Science and Technology. The incentive program aims to encourage R&D that may strengthen Israeli industry’s knowledge and technological developmental capability in the field of space; to reduce gaps in knowledge vis-a-vis the global market and to enhance Israeli industry’s competitiveness in these fields. These objectives are undertaken despite the many challenges which include: significant technological risk, high development costs, limited scope of manufacturing, and the systems’ high cost.

The incentive program is intended for companies that are developing products in the fields of space and which are intended for installation in satellites or in ground stations for satellite control and navigation, as well as for companies that are developing devices and equipment for calibration and testing of these products or that are involved in satellite activity, including the installation of different versions of sellable satellites for export. As part of this program, a “large” company (with an annual turnover equal to or exceeding USD 100 million in the year prior to submitting its request) will receive a grant of 50% of the approved R&D expenditures. A “small” company (with an annual turnover less than USD 100 million in the year prior to submitting its request) will receive a grant of 60% of R&D in ground-designated products and parts, or a grant of 85% of R&D in products or parts intended for operation in space. 

Support for Groundbreaking R&D Programs in the Field of Cyber

This incentive program, which is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority and the National Cyber
Directorate at the Office of the Prime Minister, supports breakthrough research and development
programs in cyber defense. The program's goal is to promote significant growth of core technological
capabilities that will enable the finding of innovative technological solutions and the development
of groundbreaking products in the field of cyber defense. Furthermore, this incentive program also
encourages the creation and cultivation of complete and sustainable companies in the field of cyber
defense in Israel via the promotion of innovative technological solutions.


This program is intended for Israeli cyber technology companies. Participating companies will receive
financial support of 20%-50% of approved R&D expenditures. An exceptional support rate of 66% of
approved R&D expenditures will be given to programs with significant potential to influence the global
cyber market, or that constitute an outstanding technological groundbreaking in its field.

Support for Pilot Programs in the Field of Cyber

This incentive program, which is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority and the National Cyber
Directorate at the Office of the Prime Minister, supports R&D programs in the fields of cyber defense
technology with the objective of supporting and promoting productization and piloting of innovative
cyber technologies as well as conducting feasibility tests among significant customers. This program
also promotes growth of complete and sustainable cyber companies in Israel by bolstering innovative
technological solutions.


The program is intended for Israeli cyber technology companies that have developed a product/service
that has yet to be launched in Israel and which is still undergoing development. In terms of technology
readiness level (TRL), the program aims to promote cyber companies with a TRL of 4/5 (validation in
laboratory) to a level of TRL 7/8 (actual system qualified through test and demonstration). This program
offers companies a grant of 20%-50% of the approved R&D budget.

Support for Agricultural R&D and Pilot Programs

This incentive program, which is operated jointly by the Innovation Authority and the Ministry of Agriculture, aims to encourage the development of agricultural products intended for sale and export.

The incentive program is intended for Israeli companies in the various agricultural fields such as species cultivation, seeds, animal breeding and others. Participating companies will receive financial support of up to 60% of the approved R&D and Pilot's expenditures for development of agricultural equipment or innovative commercial agricultural technology. Companies active in designated development regions will be eligible for an additional grant of 10%.

Assistance for Investment in Projects for Energy Efficiency and Reduction of Greenhouse Gas Emissions

This incentive program aims at providing extensive support for projects that undertake initial commercial installations of new Israeli technologies. The program is operated by the Innovation Authority in conjunction with Israel Investment Center and the Ministry of Environmental Protection. The program’s objective is to encourage demand for innovative Israeli cleantech technologies and to develop Israeli high-tech industry in the field of energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.

The incentive program is intended for entities engaged in initial application of new Israeli technologies in the fields of energy efficiency and reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. Participating companies will receive financial support of 40% of the cost of installation. 

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/growth/programsrnd