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Second Round of Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership to Tackle Water and Clean Energy Challenges

MassCEC and Israel’s Office of the Chief Scientist Jointly Announce Second Round of Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership Grants to Tackle Water and Clean Energy Challenges

December 20, 2012 -  Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) CEO Alicia Barton McDevitt and Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of Israel, today announced the second round of the Massachusetts-Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP) to fund collaborative research projects focused on innovative water technologies. This program is jointly managed by MassCEC on the US side and by MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Center for R&D on the Israeli side.

"Finding reliable and clean sources of energy and water are two of the most important environmental challenges facing the world today and forging international partnerships will help create solutions," said Barton McDevitt. "We're thrilled to help unite Massachusetts and Israeli companies around innovations designed to tap into sustainable supplies of both resources."

”Water innovation has long been a national priority and has presented Israel with a tremendous opportunity to become a global leader in fields such as water treatment, water reuse, desalination and drip irrigation. We are very pleased to join forces with our long-time friends and partners in Massachusetts and continue to strengthen the water industry by fostering innovation, development and commercialization of additional export markets, said Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist of Israel.

Application teams should include one Massachusetts company and one Israeli company, who will partner to work on a collaborative research project.

The Massachusetts Israel Innovation Partnership (MIIP), launched in 2011 as an outcome of Gov. Deval Patrick's Innovation Economy Trade Mission to Israel and the United Kingdom, is designed to foster lasting connection between Massachusetts and Israel.

This second round of MIIP award funding is focused on bringing together the Massachusetts and Israel water and energy innovation clusters, two of the leading such clusters in the world, providing access to new employees, researchers, customers and commercial opportunities in the long run. The volume of water required to produce energy and the amount of energy required in the treatment of water is an important link that embodies this program.

About MassCEC

Created by the Green Jobs Act of 2008, the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center (MassCEC) is dedicated to accelerating the success of clean energy technologies, companies and projects in the Commonwealth-while creating high-quality jobs and long-term economic growth for the people of Massachusetts. Since its inception in 2009, MassCEC has helped clean energy companies grow, supported municipal clean energy projects and invested in residential and commercial renewable energy installations creating a robust marketplace for innovative clean technology companies and service providers.

About the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP

The Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor, empowered by the Law for the Encouragement of Industrial Research and Development, oversees all Government-sponsored support of research and development in Israeli industry. This broad spectrum support stimulates the development of innovative state-of-the-art technologies and enhances the competitive power of the industry in the high-tech global market. MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for R&D acts on behalf of the OCS and facilitates international cooperation programs through various bi- and multi-national industrial research and development agreements aiming to enhance cooperation in research and development and technological innovation between Israeli and foreign enterprises and academic research institutes.
 
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