CIIRDF Call for Proposals (CFP)

CIIRDF is longer accepting applications

Learn More:CIIRDF CFP Overview; Application Process,Guideline and Templates   


The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) is pleased to launch a new Call for Proposals (CFP) for bilateral R&D projects.  Leveraging support from the Governments of Canada and Israel, this CFP aims to stimulate R&D collaboration between firms in both countries with a focus on technology commercialization.  


Following a rigorous evaluation process of all applications, CIIRDF selects and awards Canada-Israel R&D teams with financial contributions up to 50 percent of the eligible project costs (a maximum of CDN$ 800,000 per project).  

Should the resulting innovation generate commercial revenues following the R&D project, CIIRDF’s funding is subject to repayment up to, but not exceeding, the total investment received from the Foundation.


Eligible lead applicants for this CFP include:

Eligible lead applicants are Canadian for-profit companies that are registered and operate in Canada, and Israeli for-profit companies that are registered and operate in Israel. Co-applicants from Canada and Israel cannot be in a parent-subsidiary relationship or subsidiaries of the same parent company.

Please note:

  • Preference will be given to small and medium sized enterprises (firms with fewer than 500 employees)
  • Please note that funds can not be provided to a federal laboratory or a federal government employee.

Areas of Technology Focus

CIIRDF invites bilateral R&D projects that facilitate the co-development of a new technology; the validation of an emerging technology; or adaptation of an existing technology for a new market.  All R&D must take place in Canada and Israel.

CIIRDF welcomes R&D project proposals with a non-defence application in all technology sectors, however special consideration will be given to projects in:

  • Aerospace
  • Agriculture and Processed Foods
  • Financial Services
  • Information, Communication Technologies
  • Life Sciences
  • Oil and Gas
  • Sustainable Technologies

Opportunity for Canadian Applicants to Engage Academic Research Collaborators 

CIIRDF and Canada’s Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) have established a strategic partnership to jointly solicit, evaluate and fund collaborative R&D projects that bring together Canadian companies, academic researchers and their counterparts from Israel.  

This enables:

  • Canadian companies to leverage academic expertise and engage students in their bilateral R&D project with NSERC.
  • Canadian university and college researchers participating in the CIIRDF-funded projects to apply for NSERC Collaborative R&D (CRD) and/or Applied R&D (ARD) grants as part of the funding application to CIIRDF (see NSERC Application Guidelines).  

Selection Criteria and Project Evaluation

Project proposals will be evaluated by experts in Canada and Israel on the basis of assessment criteria that includes but is not limited to:

  • Scientific Merit: The level of technological innovation from the Canadian and Israeli applicants
  • Commercial Merit: The ability and willingness of the Canadian and Israeli applicants to play an active role in the technology commercialization process, and derive commercial benefit from the project
  • Benefit to Collaborating Canadian and Israeli Companies: Benefits include increased technical knowledge; increased share of an existing market; entry into a new market; and economic benefit derived from a new or improved product or process
  • Benefit to Canadian and Israeli Economies: The project delivers net economic benefits to Canada and Israel such as increased economic growth, job and wealth creation, and sustainable development
  • The Ability and R&D Capacity of the Project Team: The Canadian and Israeli applicants have technological and managerial capabilities and financial resources to deliver the project
  • An Established Cooperation Agreement Between the Partners: The application must clearly indicate how the partners will collaborate, and settle the obligations and rights of each partner on the project
  • For Proposals That Involve NSERC CRD/ARD Grant Applications: The project contributes to the training of highly qualified personnel (graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, research assistants and other, including company personnel)

How to Apply  

Applicants are strongly encouraged to submit a project summary outline to CIIRDF before developing a full R&D project application. CIIRDF will review this outline and advise companies in writing how best to proceed towards the development of a full R&D project proposal.  Feedback will be provided to applications within two weeks of receipt of a project summary outline.  

Full proposals should be jointly prepared and signed by both Canadian and Israeli lead applicants following the proposal outline, and submitted to Les Abelson at, and Tomoko Nishino at

For additional information on CIIRDF application guidelines, process, templates and proposal evaluation, please visit: CIIRDF Information Handbook & CIIRDF Proposal Template. 

Application Deadline  

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, August 2, 2016.  CIIRDF aims to announce funding decisions in October 2016.

For additional information, please contact:  

Les Abelson, Israeli Manager  

Tel: 972.9.749.4043 

Tomoko Nishino, Canadian Program Director  

Tel: 613.724.1284, Extension 227 


The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) promotes, stimulates and invests in collaborative research and development between companies in Canada and Israel, with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies. Established in 1994 under a formal treaty between the Governments of Canada and Israel, CIIRDF is connected institutionally with the Israeli National Technology Innovation Authority or NTIA (the former Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel's Ministry of the Economy). CIIRDF has financed more than 100 collaborative R&D projects that have contributed to the joint development and sale of more than 50 new global products. This has generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic value for Canadian and Israeli companies over the past decadede.  

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