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Bi-lateral Programs: Process for Funding

 
MATIMOP operates international R&D agreements & programs on behalf of the OCS [for full list of programs, click here]. These programs enable access to sources of national and regional funding; Israeli companies taking part in these programs are entitled to receive R&D grants from the OCS.
 
The “Call for Proposals” (CFP) is an optimal tool for bi-lateral program administration – it is an open call to companies to submit applications for funding for R&D intensive technological projects through the bilateral programs. Thus, once or twice a year, a call for proposals is launched by the OCS via MATIMOP in Israel, and in parallel by the foreign entity related to this program. The process of this call can be summarized in eight phases, which are described in detail below: Launching, Registration, Partner Search, Phase 1, Phase 2, Joint Committee, Funding, Status of the project.

 
Calls For Proposals: The Process
 

Step 1: Launching

 

MATIMOP and its foreign counterpart make mutual decisions as for starting dates, deadlines, and any preferences for technological sectors.

 

Please note that the bi-national programs support commercially-focused R&D projects between Israeli companies and foreign companies in all fields of technology, although the coordinating authorities may choose to emphasize or offer a preference to one or more technology field.

 

Each call will last 3 to 4 months for the submission of application forms. The call will be published to industries in both countries via databases, relevant websites, media, and associated organizations to maximize distribution.
 

Step 2: Contact Us/Registration

 

The bi-national programs are open to all industrial/commercial companies performing R&D, from start-ups to multi-nationals. Academic and research institutions, hospitals, and other non-profit entities may participate as sub-contractors. Companies interested in international cooperation must contact the relevant Program Manager.

 

Please note that the criteria to be followed in order to apply to the program call are:

a) At least two science and technology companies from the respective countriesshould express a desire to cooperate in the research and development of anew and technologically innovative product or process.

b) Furthermore, the project may involve more than one company from each side; academic /research entities areeligible to join as sub-contractors only.

 c) Moreover, the product should be highly innovative with significant commercial potential. The joint industrial R&D project should aim at development of products / processes leading to commercialization in the global market

d) At last, the project partners should agree in advance on the IP rights and on the commercialization strategy of the product or process.


 
Step 3: Partner Search

 

The program will assist companies on a regular basis in finding potential partners in both countries. Indeed, as soon as they make such a request to the MATIMOP relevant Program Manager, a Partner Search Form will be sent in order to process to the matchmaking.

 

Please note that a bottom-up approach is emphasized here: indeed, project concepts are initiated by the companies themselves.

 

Step 4: Phase 1

 

An initial assessment of the joint project is performed upon submission of the "Cooperation Form" (according to the given deadline) by MATIMOP and the foreign entity. The successful projects are jointly selected by the two implementing organizations based on the project criteria and requirements specified in the call.

Please note that to initiate the project evaluation process, a letter of intent with regards to IP rights is required.

 

Step 5: Phase 2
 
Companies which already have partners and have obtained a "pre-ruling" or initial assessment of the joint project should  fill in the funding application forms for review by the respective authorities: in Israel, the OCS. Please click to the underlined link to get access to the OCS forms.  
 
OCS National Application Forms 
 

Projects are evaluated on the basis of technological, commercial and financial parameters. In Israel, the professional evaluation is conducted by reviewers according to rigorous standards long practiced by the OCS.  A parallel process takes place in the partner country.  Projects are rated, ranked and submitted to the Coordinating Committee for review, comparison and approval.  From the time of application until a decision is made typically takes about three months.

 

Step 6: Joint Committee

 

A Joint Committee is gathered to announce the approved projects in both counties. The Israeli and foreign partners whose projects have been selected are informed of the result and the amount of funding for the successful projects by their respective implementing organization. As for Israel, final results are given by the OCS only.

 

It is important to underline that funding decisions are made by each country individually according to its own rules and regulations.


Step 7: Funding

 

Grants to the partner companies are given up to 50% of the approved R&D project expenses plus regional incentives.  Whether the grant is "conditional", i.e. that it must be repaid if the project results in actual commercial sales, is determined in accordance with the regulations of each country. As for Israeli companies, royalty payments of 3% - 5% of sales are required.

 

Step 8: Status of the project

 

The OCS proceeds to the follow-up of the project.

 

We thank you for your interest in our programs. Should you require further information, do not hesitate to contact us.