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Sunday, November 16, 2014
Joint Innovation Project Proposals Accepted October 29, 2014 – March 16, 2015
Space Florida and MATIMOP (Israel’s industrial center for research and development on behalf of the Israeli Chief Scientist Office), issued a joint Call for Projects to fund research and development projects sponsored by companies in both states.
The call is initiated in the framework of the annually recurring $2 million joint Florida-Israel Innovation Partnership program, launched in October 2013, with the purpose of promoting greater R&D collaborations among companies in the State of Israel and the State of Florida.
Israeli and Florida-based companies are asked to present cooperative proposals, which will be jointly vetted for feasibility, and research funding will be awarded to companies demonstrating the most promising partnerships – those that demonstrate near-term potential for commercialization and economic benefit to both states.
Applying teams must submit a completed application, including a Bi-Lateral Cooperation form that describes the project and the collaboration envisioned between the Florida company and the Israeli company. Applications are due to Space Florida and MATIMOP no later than Monday, March 16, 2015.
Applications will be scored on a first come, first served basis. If applications exceed funding remaining for the fiscal year, firms with outstanding applications will be invited to apply in the following fiscal year.
Request for Proposals Focus
This RFP process will stimulate generation and development of new or significantly improved product or process for commercialization in global markets. This RFP solicits proposals with a focus on R&D Aerospace and related technologies, with emphasis on small satellites, space sensors and specialized electronics systems, bio-sensors, nano-electronics, flex electronics and low power electronics, micro- and nano-robotics technologies, satellite communication, unmanned aerial systems and microgravity research related to life sciences and advanced materials (collectively “R&D Projects”).
Mode of Collaboration
Applicants will include at least one (1) for-profit Israeli company and one (1) for-profit Florida Company in their proposals. Applications, where one of the applying companies is a wholly owned subsidiary or joint venture of the other company, will not be considered. Applications where one (1) of the applying companies has a nominal equity position in the other or a contractual business relationship (for example, in-country distributor of the other company’s products) will be considered so long as the relationship is fully disclosed in the application.
R&D Projects involving at least one (1) Israeli R&D company and one (1) Florida based company. Participation of research institutions/universities is welcome as subcontractors according to each jurisdiction’s funding regulations.
Applicants must present a proposal that incorporates joint R&D projects in one of the following technological fields:
“The first round of the program was very successful, resulting in $460,000 that helped fund some truly innovative joint projects between Florida and Israel,” said Space Florida President Frank DiBello. “Our states have complimentary goals and resources and we look forward to continuing to grow promising business models in technical fields through this program.”
Awardees of the 2014 program included:
“We are looking forward to launching the second funding round and further enhancing the R&D collaboration between Florida and Israel, said Avi Hasson, Israel’s Chief Scientist. “Investment in R&D will generate long term economic benefits to both states and support job growth in the core focus areas of aerospace.”
Space Florida regularly conducts international trade missions to partner with countries that have similar technological capabilities and needs. Israel, in particular, is known for its successful international joint research initiatives (with the UK, India and Italy, for example) and has strengths in many technological R&D areas.
Proposal submissions are due by March 16, 2015. More information can be found on the Space Florida Website at: www.spaceflorida.gov/israelpartnership or the MATIMOP website at: www.matimop.org.il/call_spaceflorida.
About Space Florida:
Space Florida was created to strengthen Florida’s position as the global leader in aerospace research, investment, exploration and commerce. As Florida’s spaceport authority and aerospace development organization, we are committed to attracting and expanding the next generation of space industry businesses. With its highly trained workforce, proven infrastructure and unparalleled record of achievement, Florida is the ideal location for aerospace businesses to thrive – and Space Florida is the perfect partner to help them succeed. www.spaceflorida.gov
MATIMOP, the executive agency of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Economy of Israel, is the official National Agency for industrial R&D cooperation in Israel, charged with promoting highly supportive policies to build Israel’s industrial infrastructure, and nurturing industrial innovation and entrepreneurship.
|FloridaMr. Bernard (Bernie) McShea
Vice President, Business Development
Tel: +1 (321) 730-5301 ext. 254
|IsraelMs. Liron Eldar
Program Manager – North American Desk
MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Center for R&D