fund to promote tech collaborations between Victoria and Israel
6, 2013: Victorian businesses or research organisations seeking collaborations
with partners in Israel will be one step closer today, with the announcement of
grants of up to $50,000 as part of the Victoria Israel Feasibility and Proof of
Concept (VISFPC) grants.
Minister for Innovation, Services
and Small Business Louise Asher today announced the call for applications and
said the grants provide an outstanding opportunity for Victorian businesses and
research institutions to collaborate with organisations in Israel to
demonstrate new applications of technology.
"Victoria and Israel are
both internationally recognised for the quality of their research and
innovation," Ms Asher said.
"Through the Victoria Israel
Feasibility and Proof of Concept grants our two countries can now collaborate
on new projects that can lead to benefits in both Victoria and Israel.
Applications are now open for
grants of up to $50,000.
"The Napthine Government is
being responsive to the needs of business, promoting flexibility and enabling
them to apply for funding when it is required," Ms Asher said.
Grants will be open to Victorian
based companies and research institutions who have secured a collaborating
partner based in Israel.
The Coalition Government seeks to
work with Victorian organisations and MATIMOP, the executive agency of the
Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Israeli Ministry of Economy, to
assist with partner matching to support both the Feasibility and Proof of
Concept grants and the VISTECH program that will be formally opened in early
2014. It is expected that some of the VISFPC projects will progress into the
Ms Asher said that the VISFPC
grants form part of the larger Victoria Israel Science Innovation and
Technology Scheme (VISITS) that was launched in May this year.
"VISITS represent part of the Coalition
Government’s commitment to stimulating science and technology innovation and
research in Victoria, and the recognition that Israel is an important potential
partner," Ms Asher said.
VISITS provides funds to
Victorian businesses and research organisations for recognised trade missions,
conferences and meetings in Israel; to develop, test or commercialise new
services or products; or create new global market opportunities, in partnership
with Israeli companies.
Israeli Trade Minister Naftali
Bennett was in Melbourne today and attended an Australia Israel Chamber of
Commerce (AICC) lunch with David Southwick MP (Member for Caulfield).
"The feasibility study grants provide
Victorian businesses the opportunity to collaborate with Israeli partners and
to test innovative ideas that potentially benefit our two great
economies," Mr Southwick said. "It was an honour to have Minister
Bennett visit Victoria and meet with business leaders at the AICC lunch."
Applications opened on Friday 6 December 2013 and
will remain open until the funding is fully committed. For further information
on Victoria Israel Feasibility and Proof of Concept grants visit: www.business.vic.gov.au/visits
0498 220 005