The governments of Canada and Israel are collaborating to establish and support joint industrial research and development (R&D) initiatives with high commercialization potential. This request for proposals is open to organizations from Canada and Israel that want to join project consortia to work together on developing new goods, processes, or technology-based services.
The program intends to generate significant economic benefits for both Canada and Israel by encouraging R&D that leads to new products, processes, or services with high commercialization potential. To be eligible for funding, projects must demonstrate a clear path to commercialization in global markets.
Projects will be selected based on their technical and economic merits and their potential to create significant economic benefits for Canada and Israel.
Sectors of Focus
Although this invitation is open to proposals in any technological or market area, the following industries will receive specific attention:
- Agri-food technology and agricultural technologies
- Materials for clean fuels, clean transportation/mobility, climate-resilient building/infrastructure, renewable energy, and water and wastewater management are examples of clean and low carbon economy technologies.
- Cyber security, smart cities, and smart mobility are examples of digital technologies.
- Transportation infrastructure, renewable energy sources, energy storage, eco-friendly energy, eco-friendly automobiles, smart environmental solutions, and soil remediation technologies are examples of environmental protection technology.
- Healthy aging, mental health, biomedicine, and biomedical engineering are all areas of health and biosciences.
- Sensing and timing, simulation, telecommunication, imaging, and artificial intelligence are all examples of quantum computing technology.
Criteria for Eligibility
Applicants must form a project consortium and develop a collaborative research and development (R&D) project that meets the following requirements to be considered for funding:
- At the very least, the project consortium must include:
- One incorporated Canadian SME is defined as a for-profit corporation with 500 or fewer full-time equivalent employees; and
- 1 R&D company in Israel that qualifies
- Additional participants, such as Canadian and Israeli research institutes/universities, large corporations, and other businesses, are welcome to participate as self-funding or subcontracting subcontractors.
- The consortium’s project partners must meet the following requirements:
- be able to carry out the project, including funding their separate portions
- Identify intellectual property rights and a commercialization strategy in advance, and
- In terms of corporate ownership, they should not be tied.
- The project must be focused on co-developing a product, process, or technology-based service that meets the following criteria:
- is a creative genius
- offers a lot of commercial possibilities
- having results that can be realized within two years of the project’s completion, and
- does not include R&D for military or non-peaceful applications of products, processes, or technological-based services
- The project must demonstrate the following:
- each organization’s distinct scientific and technological contribution to the project
- a clear benefit and added value for each project partner as a result of the collaboration, such as expanded expertise, access to R&D infrastructure, new sectors of application, or commercial products, and
- a sufficient balance and relevance for all project partners, defined as no one organization or country contributing more than 70% of the project budget
In addition to the eligibility above conditions, each applicant must also meet the following country-specific requirements:
Eligibility Requirements in Canada
Canadian applicants must also meet the following conditions:
- A competitive technology in global markets, differentiated and protectable, is required for a Canadian SME.
- The Canadian SMEs must be devoted to seeking growth and profit by inventing and commercializing innovative, technology-driven new or better goods, processes, or technological-based services. They must be willing to take risks.
- The Canadian SMEs must be prepared and have the resources to enter new markets aggressively.
Israel’s Eligibility Criteria
The application process for Israeli enterprises is defined in the Bilateral R&D Incentive Program (in Hebrew and English).
Participants in collaborative projects selected through this call for eligible ideas may be able to receive financing from their respective national funding authorities. Funds will be distributed following the relevant national funding bodies, countries, jurisdictions, and programs’ applicable laws, regulations, rules, and procedures.
Non-eligible project participants (e.g., universities, research institutions, and participants from other countries) are welcome to join on a self-financed basis or as subcontractors to sponsored participants, subject to the funding regulations of each nation.
Additional financial parameters for each country are listed below:
Funding from Canada
The National Research Council of Canada’s Industrial Research Assistance Program hosts this call for proposals in Canada (NRC IRAP). The NRC IRAP is in charge of delivering this call for proposals and managing any funding agreements that result.
Eligible Canadian SMEs may receive up to 50% reimbursement of eligible project costs over a 12- to 24-month period, up to a maximum total funding amount of CAD 500,000 (an extension of 12 months may be considered if sufficiently justified and accepted by both countries).
Funding from Israel
The financing requirements are given on the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) call for proposals. International applicants should review the announcement web page.
Procedure for Submitting an Application
The Eureka Network program is hosting this request for proposals. An online application form must be completed and submitted by each project collaboration for a Eureka project. Instructions on completing and submitting the Eureka project application form can be found on the Eureka project application form web page.
Application Procedure in Israel
Please see the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA) call for proposals announcement for details on application stages, requirements, instructions, ICPP application packages, and national funding body proposals and financing agreements.
Deadlines for Applications
- The deadline for Canadian registration is May 6, 2022.
- The deadline for Canadian expressions of interest is May 13, 2022.
- The deadline for international consortium project proposals is June 28, 2022.