On Monday, October 21st, the Government of the State of Florida and the Government of the State of Israel signed an Agreement for Bilateral Cooperation in Private Sector Industrial Research and Development.
Based on previous experiences in similar programs with other states, Israel regards the collaboration with Florida as an effective enabler for strengthening both states’ economies through innovation. This agreement will promote mutually beneficial business-to-business cooperation to enhance opportunities for global market success.
Just this week, on December 6th, the Florida Israel Innovation Partnership program released a Request for Proposals (RFP) with the purpose of promoting greater R&D collaborations among companies in the state of Florida and the State of Israel.
In the proposal, Israeli and Floridian companies are asked to present cooperative proposals, which will be jointly vetted for feasibility, and research funding will be awarded to the most promising partnerships.
The program is implemented and funded by the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP), on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Israel Ministry of Economy, and by Space Florida, an Independent Special District of the State of Florida.
Successful applicant companies will receive funding directly from the agency in their home country according to its regulations and procedures: companies from Israel will be funded by OCS and companies from Florida will be funded by Space Florida.
A budget of up to $2,000,000.00 USD has been jointly allocated by the State of Israel and the State of Florida to fund projects approved in the framework of this RFP.