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STI bilateral cooperation


STI bilateral cooperation

Based on the 2002 bilateral Cooperation Agreement in the field of Industrial, Scientific and Technological Research and Development, over the years, a series of programs and initiatives have been defined to promote cooperation between the academic, scientific and industrial communities. particularly in the high technology sectors.

If you are interested in developing academic and industrial cooperation initiatives with Israeli partners in the field of scientific, technological and innovation research, the Office of the Scientific Attaché is at your disposal to provide you with information and support (

The programs and initiatives available annually to support bilateral cooperation in the science, technology and innovation sectors are as follows:


1. Call for scientific research projects

The call is published by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation jointly with the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology. Universities or research centers can apply alone or in consortium, even with companies, as long as they are not leader. The call is each year dedicated to two specific research areas. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years. Italian funds cover 50 percent of the research costs, Israeli funds cover 100 percent of the research costs. The call allows for a "consolidator grant" to be requested if there is the prospect of a concrete development of the scientific cooperation carried out.

> Read the call

> See the awarded projects


2. Call for industrial projects

The call is published by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority. The call is dedicated to companies also in consortium with higher education institutes or research centers. The call is open to any research sector. Projects must have a maximum duration of two years and funding covers 50 percent of the research and development costs. Projects must be aimed at developing an innovative product, industrial process or service. They must include “proof of concept” and/or prototype development and testing activities carried out jointly by the proposers in Italy and/or research and technological development activities carried out together in Israel.

> Read the call

> See the awarded projects


3. Call for Joint Laboratory

The call is published by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation jointly with the Israeli Ministry of Science and Technology. The call is exclusively dedicated to Italian and Israeli research groups with established cooperation track. The call is each year dedicated to a specific theme. The joint laboratory will be funded for a duration of three years. Funding requests must not exceed a total of 200,000 euros per part. The partners of the joint laboratory will be requested to present plans for external financial support to prolong the activities of the laboratory beyond the three-year term.

> The 2020 call is still pending

> See the awarded project


4. Scientific seminars program

The program is defined and implemented by the Embassy of Italy in Israel, collecting proposals and suggestions from the Italian and Israeli academic and scientific communities. The seminars are aimed at fostering contacts between researchers and academics from the two countries and at stimulating a process of comparison and thematic discussion with the aim of promoting scientific and industrial collaborations with a bottom-up process.

> Current program


5. "Rita Levi Montalcini Award"

The award consists of funding for an amount of 40,000 Euros per part for research projects carried out by internationally renowned Israeli researchers in Italy and Italian researchers in Israel. On the Italian side, the call is published and awarded by the Conference of Rectors of Italian Universities (CRUI). On the Israeli side it is managed by the Council on Higher Education.

> See the awarded projects


6. "Accelerate in Israel"

The program aims at promoting the international growth of Italian start-ups by facilitating their acceleration period in Israel for 10 weeks with a grant of 12,000 euros per start-up. The grant is intended as a contribution towards expenses related to the acceleration period in Israel, including those for the services offered by the accelerator. The call is published and managed by the Embassy of Italy in Israel together with the ICE Agency and in collaboration with the Minister for Technological Innovation and Digitization, Intesa Sanpaolo Innovation Center, the Israel-Italy Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Israeli accelerators.

> Read the call

> List of the selected Startups


Information on research and collaboration opportunities in the scientific and technological sectors is published on the Innovaitalia portal, which also acts as a networking tool between Italian researchers abroad. To register on Innovaitalia click here. Registered users can:

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  • be included in the Yearbook of Italian research abroad;
  • receive the periodic newsletter with the main news published on the portal;
  • get in touch with other registered users;
  • share information and opportunities on the portal.