Promoting Applied Research in Academia - NOFAR, KAMIN

These incentive programs frocus on supporting applied research in academia. It aims at supporting technologically feasible ideas which require financing in the initial applied research stage at academic institutions, that has not matured sufficiently for the industry.

Two dedicated programs are designed to address this aim:

  • NOFAR Program, submitted by an academic researcher/s accompanied by a strategic industrial company or a business entity.
  • KAMIN Program, submitted by an academic researcher/s.

    NOFAR Incentive Program

    The NOFAR incentive program provides financing of initial applied research stage at universities that has not matured sufficiently to qualify for a company to examine (MAGNETON support)
    The NOFAR incentive program is limited to a period of one year.

    Objective
    Bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry needs • Reach significant milestones enabling the company to sign a technology commercialization agreement with the research institution.

    Benefits
    Supporting company may be an Israeli subsidiary who registers its IP in Israel and serves as a partner by providing professional guidance and in setting of research goals • Participation in funding of only 10% of the project cost (Israel Innovation Authority funds 90% of the approved budget). 

    Advantages
    Ability to influence, direct and support high-quality academic research that will contribute to its future activities • First right to negotiate commercialization of research results • Commercial development in exchange for minimal financial investment.

    Availbility
    Submission per Call for Proposals

    Goal of the incentive program:
    To bridge the gap between academic knowledge and industry needs. All the research activities carried out as part of this incentive program are in academic institutions, accompanied by the support of an industrial company that sees business potential in the achievements of the project. The main goal is to reach significant milestones by the end of the project, which will enable the industrial company to sign a technology commercialization agreement with the research institution. The research activities in the incentive program will receive professional support by an industrial company or a relevant business entity (such as a venture capital fund).

    Who is the incentive program for?

    • Academic research groups in Israel, operating as part of a higher education or research institution, seeking to carry out applied research, which is not mature enough to be supported by the industry or by the MAGNETON incentive program such as hospitals and public research institutes.

    What do you get?

    • The research institution supported by the NOFAR incentive program is entitled to a grant of up to 90% of the approved budget with a maximum scope of NIS 550,000 for a period of 12 months, with an option to extend the support up to 15 months.
    • The supporting company serves as partner in professional guidance and in setting of research goals, as well as participates in the funding of 10% of the project cost.
    • At the end of the research, the supporting company receives the first right to negotiate a commercialization agreement with the research institution.
    • NOFAR research conducted in collaboration with two different institutions is eligible for funding of up to NIS 700,000.
    • The grant recipients are exempt from repayment of royalties.

    Why should you apply for this incentive program?

    Research institutions:

    • The incentive program provides financial and professional support of research processes and increases the chances for success.
    • All the rights to the knowledge accumulated in the research are retained by the research institution.

    Commercial company:

    • The ability to influence, direct and support high-quality academic research that will contribute to the company’s future activities.
    • The first right to negotiate commercialization of research results with the research institution.
    • Commercial development in exchange for a minimal financial investment.

    KAMIN Incentive Program

    The KAMIN incentive program serves as a bridge between basic and applied research and is focused on the stage of transformation and realization of basic research achievements into technologies with  commercial application.

    Goal of the incentive program:
    To encourage applied research in the academic research institutions that can attract the investment interests of business entities willing to cooperate with the research institution towards a commercialization agreement.

    Who is the incentive program for?

    • Research groups from Israeli universities, colleges, public research institutes and medical centers that seek to conduct applied research, building upon the basic research. The research must be innovative and original in terms of industrial application; its results should be applicable to industries in Israel and potentially have high added value for the entire economy.

    What do you get?

    • Conditional grant of 85%-90% of the approved budget, up to a maximum amount of NIS 440,000 per year. A study conducted in collaboration with two different institutes will be eligible for funding of up to NIS 660,000 with a maximum sum of NIS 400,000 for a single institution.
    • The support is provided for a period of one or two years, with the possibility to extend this period in exceptional cases with a reduced grant of 66% of the approved budget.
    • The grant recipients are exempt from repayment of royalties.

    Why should you apply for this incentive program?

    Financial and professional support: The incentive program offers financial and professional support of the research processes, thus increasing the chance of success of the applied research.

    Bridging the gap between basic research and applications: The incentive program increases the chances of bringing the research to the phase of commercial feasibility, and promotes cooperation between the research institute and an industrial company in order to commercialize the achievements of the research.

    Rights to research knowledge: The rights to the knowledge gained during the research belong exclusively to the research institute applying for the grant.

    Israeli researchers

    Israeli companies seeking further information on the requirements and application process to this program, should refer to the Israel Innovation Authority's Hebrew site:

    NOFAR Incentive Program: https://innovationisrael.org.il/program/2740

    KAMIN Incentive Program: https://innovationisrael.org.il/program/2741