(Formerly the Office of the Chief Scientist and MATIMOP)

New York-Israel Cooperation in Nanoscale Tech: Joint Statement Released

Joint Statement from the MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Center for Research & Development acting on behalf of the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Ministry of Economy, and the State University of New York College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE): 

We are delighted with the rapid and significant progress being made through this important partnership between the State of New York and the State of Israel, announced in March by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo and Israel Economic Minister to North America Nili Shalev. This landmark agreement promises to significantly expand business, technology, and economic relations, to generate billions of dollars in new investments, and help to create tremendous employment opportunities for high-tech jobs in both New York and Israel.

The initial steps taken by the SUNY College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering (SUNY CNSE) and the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (MATIMOP) are well underway and advancing nicely. They include the development of a first-of-its-kind roadmap that will guide a host of collaborative projects involving industries and academia from both states; the exchange of technical information and expertise to promote development and commercialization of innovative nanoscale technologies; and, the holding of joint seminars and workshops in both New York and Israel, which are promoting cooperation between corporate and academic entities and helping to identify new prospects to build mutually beneficial partnerships.

Most importantly, this collaboration is already beginning to deliver tangible results that will generate measurable impact. We are on pace to announce the first joint development agreements between SUNY CNSE and Israeli high-tech companies in early 2014, and we expect as many as five such agreements to be finalized over the year – agreements that will support more than 150 engineer, scientist and researcher jobs in Albany and Israel. The number of corporate partners is projected to quadruple over the next three to five years, with another 15 companies joining the partnership through agreements that will support hundreds of additional engineers, scientists, and researchers. Concurrently, we are also planning reciprocal education and research engagements between CNSE and several Israeli universities that will launch next year.

The benefits of this alliance are multifold, highlighted by opportunities to promote economic development and growth in both New York and Israel; the potential breakthroughs to be enabled by joint research and development activities; and the creation of new opportunities for cultural engagement and enrichment in both countries. In particular, SUNY CNSE is now partnering with an energized chapter of the United Jewish Federation in Albany, and works to establish new scholarship and fellowship programs that will ensure opportunities for Israeli students to study at CNSE’s world-class facilities.

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For more information, please contact Ms. Tal Fishman at tal@matimop.org.il