(Formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP)



Will Connect South Carolina and Israeli Companies for Joint R&D Projects


CHARLESTON, S.C. – November 19, 2013 – SCRA and the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP) today jointly released the initial Request for Proposals (RFP) in support of a collaborative industrial research and development program established in an agreement between the Government of the State of South Carolina and the Government of the State of Israel, which was signed last month by Secretary of Commerce Bobby Hitt and Opher Aviran, Consul General of Israel to the Southeast United States. 


This is the first RFP issued under this new bi-national collaboration initiative, which seeks to facilitate and promote bilateral industrial R&D projects between entities from South Carolina and from Israel.  Industrial R&D projects must involve at least one South Carolina – based company and one Israeli R&D company. SCRA will execute the agreement on behalf of the state of South Carolina, and the RFP can be found  here .


“We look forward to helping our South Carolina companies grow through this exciting initiative,” said SCRA CEO Bill Mahoney. “This collaboration will further innovative research and collaboration and will ultimately advance South Carolina’s Knowledge Economy. We are delighted to be a key player in the process, and we look forward to many positive partnerships and successes.”


The RFP seeks to stimulate generation and development of new or significantly improved products or processes for commercialization in global markets.  The technology sectors envisioned for this program consist of those areas where there appears to be the greatest overlap in capabilities and mutual interest between South Carolina and Israel.  These areas include, but are not limited to:   Biomedical and Life Sciences; Advanced Materials; Sustainable Energy/Water/Agriculture Systems; Transportation; Defense and Homeland Security and Insurance and Health Information Technology.

Questions relating to this RFP can be directed to Russ Keller at
Russ.Keller@scra.org  and Tal Fishman at tal@matimop.org.il




About SCRA



SCRA is an applied research corporation with over 30 years of experience delivering technology solutions with high returns on investment to federal and corporate clients. To fulfill our mission, SCRA has three sectors: Our Technology Ventures sector helps early-stage companies to commercialize innovations and create jobs, our Applied R&D sector manages national and international R&D programs worth over $2 billion in contract value and our R&D Facilities sector builds and manages research facilities that include wet labs, secure rooms for sensitive work and advanced, high-tech manufacturing shops. Multiple economic impact studies show SCRA’s cumulative output on South Carolina’s economy to be over $15.3 billion.