(Formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP)

Brazil and Israel Renew R&D Cooperation Ties with New Call for Proposals

 Brazil and Israel Renew R&D Cooperation Ties with New Call for Proposals

(November 6, 2012, Brasilia, Brazil) - Representatives from the Innovation Agencies of Brazil and Israel announced yesterday their commitment to renewing industrial R&D cooperation between the two countries with the launch of a new call for proposals. Brazilian and Israeli companies and their collaborators may now submit proposals for funding for R&D projects in areas of mutual interest which include life sciences, ICT, and homeland security (defense). The program is jointly run by the Secretariat of Innovation in the Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade of Brazil (MDIC) and MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D, on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) in the Ministry of Industry Trade and Labor of Israel.

“This joint Brazil-Israel R&D cooperation allows both countries to leverage their research and technology strengths to address some important global challenges,” said Michel Hivert, managing director of MATIMOP.

“As our relationship with Brazil strengthens, we are confident that this will create new opportunities for industry, producing measurable benefits on both sides,” said Mr. Israel Shamay, Executive Director of Strategic Operations and Head of Americas Operations at MATIMOP.  

During a visit to Israel this past May, Mr. Nelson Fujimoto, Secretary of Innovation of the Brazilian Ministry of Development, Industry and Foreign Trade, announced plans for the launch and remarked on the strong ties between Israel and Brazil. “We consider this country as a strategic partner,” said Mr. Fujimoto. “Israel is a very small country but is very strong in its innovation system.”

The collaboration between Israel and Brazil is the result of a Memorandum of Understanding signed on February 27, 2007, to support joint industrial research and development (R&D) between their private sectors, aimed at the development of new products and processes for commercialization in the domestic and/or global markets. This program sets a parallel scheme through which each government has pledged to provide support to its companies for engaging in such collaborative R&D in projects that will be mutually approved by both sides.

For more information about partner-matching opportunities and the call for proposals, which is now open, visit the Call for Proposals webpage.
For partner search request please visit the webpage


Israel Office
Ms. Ilana Gross
Manager - Industrial R&D Cooperation Programs
Latin America Desk
Tel: (+972 3) 5118184
Fax: (+972 3) 5177655

Brazil Office
Igor Manhaes Nazareth
Public Manager, Secretariat of Innovation
MDIC – Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade
Tel: +55 (61) 2027-7586

Mr. Marcos Vinicius de Souza
Secretariat for Innovation
MDIC – Ministry of Development, Industry, and Foreign Trade
Tel: +55 (61) 2027 - 8285
Fax: +55 (61) 2027 - 7286