Preferential Financing for Women,Ultra-Orthodox, and Minorities

As part of the R&D Fund Incentive Program, startups owned by women, ultraOrthodox, and minorities can receive grants at preferential funding terms.

The R&D Fund program supports commercial companies in developmental stages of new products or upgrading an existing technology. The program awards the largest financial incentive offered by the State of Israel for R&D activity of Israeli companies and is open to all fields in order to strengthen and advance the Israeli economy.

Goal of the incentive program:

To encourage technological innovation with the aim of strengthening and advancing the Israeli economy via support for startups including diverse companies owned by female entrepreneurs and companies with substantial investment in diverse fields of R&D such as: hardware, software, communications, complex systems, life sciences, medical devices, cyber, IOT, fintech, cleantech, and others.

Who is the incentive program for?

  • Startup companies owned by female and/or ultra-Orthodox and/or minorities entrepreneurs.

What do you get?

Companies owned by female entrepreneurs or those from the ultra-Orthodox or minorities sectors are eligible for preferential terms for the first two years as follows:

  • A grant of 75% of the project’s approved budget in the first year, up to NIS 2.5 million.
  • A grant of 70% of the project’s approved budget in the second year, up to NIS 5 million.
  • A company interested in a larger budget may submit a request according to the regular terms (a total budget of up to NIS 10 million; a grant of 30% or 50% of the approved budget).
  • Recognition of marketing expenses of up to 15% of the approved budget.

Why should you apply to this incentive program?

Increased Grants for specific populations.

High-Risk innovative R&D: the program enables to engage in high developmental risk R&D aimed at developing innovative technologies and future products. These products grant the company a significant competitive advantage, enable to penetrate new markets, and promote growth of the Israeli economy.

Assistance during establishment stages: the program enables young startup companies to overcome the difficult stages of establishing a startup and of raising funds during the product’s development stage.

Positive signal to investors: the possibility of raising supplementary financing for up to six months after the project’s approval assists companies in their efforts to mobilize investment during the early stages of operation.

Attractive funding model: the program assumes the risks associated with the company’s development stage but does not participate in the profits or future successes. The companies receiving benefits undertake to repay the received funding to the Innovation Authority via royalty payments from sales, but only if the project succeeds in reaching the commercialization stage according to royalties’ directives.

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: