Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, Addresses Canada’s Standing Committee on Finance

On September 27, 2017, Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, gave a presentation as an invited witness before the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on Finance.  He delivered an address that focused on how Canada could learn from Israel’s success in cultivating one of the world’s most robust economies founded on innovation and concluded with a recommendation that Innovation Canada enter into a strategic partnership with the Israel Innovation Authority.  

Dr. Rothschild shared key insight, lessons learned and recommendations that speak to Israel’s unique approach to innovation. His perspective builds on more than two decades of Canada-Israel R&D collaboration facilitated by CIIRDF, one of the most effective bilateral partnership models of its kind in the world.

For additional information, download Dr. Rothschild’s speech; view his presentation to the Standing Committee on Finance; or contact Sonya Shorey, Communications Strategist, at sonyashorey@ciirdf.ca

CIIRDF Launches New Call for Canada-Israel R&D Projects

September 1, 2017– OTTAWA, Canada and TEL AVIV, Israel; The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) today announced the launch of 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 Canada and Israel with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies.

Eligibility: This Call invites private sector companies from Canada and Israel to propose joint research, R&D and technology development projects for the creation of innovative products or processes with a non-defence application. The maximum duration of a CIIRDF project is 36 months.

  • Canadian firms can leverage academic expertise on their R&D project and engage students jointly with the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC).
  • Public sector organizations, such as universities and research institutions, are eligible to participate in R&D projects as project subcontractors or consultants (not applicants)

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

Areas of Special Consideration: Special consideration will be given to projects in the following areas:

  • Information and Communication Technologies (including cyber, fintech)
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace
  • Clean tech and sustainable tech (including water, renewables), plus limited energy (oil and gas)
  • Agriculture and agrifood (including agri-tech)

Summary Proposal Submission Deadline: October 6, 2017
Full Proposal Submission Deadline: October 31, 2017
Notification of Approved Projects: January 2018

Seeking an R&D partner?  CIIRDF offers a matchmaking service for companies in both countries.

Apply Now:  Visit www.ciirdf.ca for application guidelines, templates and proposal evaluation details

For additional information, please contact: