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India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)


India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) fund is a cooperation between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Israel Innovation Authority, Government of Israel, to promote, facilitate and support joint industrial R&D projects, between companies from India and Israel to address the challenges in the agreed ‘Focus Sectors’.

DST and Israel Innovation Authority have jointly created a joint $40 Million USD I4F fund with equal contribution from both sides over a period of five years.

I4F is aimed to promote, facilitate and support joint Industrial R&D between India & Israel, which would lead to co-development and commercialization of innovative technologies benefiting both the countries.

Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) is appointed to implement the I4F program in India, while Israel Innovation Authority be the implementing agency in Israel.

Two types of projects will be considered for program funding:  
  • Full-Scale R&D Projects, focused on development of new products, processes or technologies
  • Product Adaptation Projects -In addition to R&D projects aimed at the development of new, innovative and R&D-intensive products, companies are also eligible for funding support for projects focused on the adaptation and customization of a product to in the markets e.g. in Israel, India or elsewhere, including but not limited to:  
    • Adaptation of product in consideration of local cultural / technical considerations.
    • Adaptation to local conditions, such as climate, infrastructure etc.
    • Regulatory considerations, particularly for foods and drugs.
    • Reduction of price to customer by the utilization of local components.
    • Reduction of price to customer by optimization of specification.
    • Establishment of beta-sites.
 
The current Call for Proposals is dedicated to the following sectors: 
  • ICT
  • Water
  • Healthcare
  • Agriculture
  • Energy
 
Opening of the Call for Proposals : 15 January 2018
Closing of the Call for Proposals : 16 April, 2018