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The Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) stimulates collaborative research and development between private sector companies in both countries, with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies. In support of this mandate, and with offices in both countries, CIIRDF:

  • Promotes the benefits of Canada-Israel R&D collaboration
  • Offers a matchmaking service that brings together Canadian and Israeli companies seeking R&D partners
  • Invests in bilateral R&D initiatives

Established in 1995 under a formal mandate from the Governments of Canada and Israel, CIIRDF is connected institutionally with the Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel's Ministry of the Economy. Recognized as one of the most successful partnership models of its kind, CIIRDF-supported R&D partnerships have generated a wealth of direct and indirect economic benefits for both nations. The foundation has financed more than 90 bilateral technology partnerships that engage more than 160 Canadian and Israeli companies. These alliances have enabled the joint development, marketing and sales of more than 50 technologically improved new products over the last 18 years. Based on conservative data provided directly by participating companies, CIIRDF-enabled technologies have generated a minimum of hundreds of millions in economic value for Canadian and Israeli companies alone over the past decade.

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Two Calls for Proposals:

CIEST Fund Call for Proposals

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Deadline Extension: Applications now accepted until April 14, 2014

Ontario-Israel Cooperation Program

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Deadline Extension: Applications now accepted until April 14, 2014

Israeli Chief Scientist on Nurturing R&D in Homegrown Companies

What Israel can teach about fostering business innovation; The Globe and Mail; November 18, 2013

Q&A with Israeli Chief Scientist, Avi Hasson; The Globe and Mail; November 18, 2013

Minister Oliver Announces Further Energy Collaboration with Israel

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CIIRDF and Israel's Office of the Chief Scientist Launch New Canada-Israel Energy Science &Technology Fund

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CIIRDF Facilitates Ontario-Israel R&D in Stem Cell Therapies for Neurological Diseases

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CIIRDF, Baycrest and OBI Host Bilateral Panel on Brain Research with President Peres   

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