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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Review CIIRDF Success Stories

CIIRDF and NSERC Extend Collaboration on Canada-Israel R&D Partnership Programs ; April 4, 2016  

The Middle East has the Material – Can Canada Build the Bridges? Contributed by Dr. Henri Rothschild, President of CIIRDF, to the Globe and Mail; March 1, 2016

Canada and Israel’s Unique Partnership in Innovation and Technology: The CIIRDF Impact 

CIIRDF Press Release: Saskatchewan and Israel Come Together to Create Technology Solutions for Global Food Challenges; February 16, 2016

Arab-Israeli entrepreneurs paired with Ottawa startups: Matchmaking session gives visiting companies opportunity to collaborate, 'overcome obstacles' CBC; January 12, 2016

Matchmakers for Tech Innovation: Carleton University Partners with CIIRDF on the Ontario-Gail Business and Technology Matchmaking Event; January 13, 2016

Ontario-Galil Matchmaking Event with Arab Israeli Companies a Huge Success; Tom Pechloff, Ottawa Business Journal, January 13, 2016

Israeli-Arab entrepreneurs land in Ontario for first round of 'speed-dating' Metro News, January 12, 2016

CIIRDF Press Release: Building Unprecedented Technology Bridges between Ontario and Arab Israeli Firms; January 13, 2016

CIIRDF-COSIA Collaboration at Work in the Oil Sands: Devon and Shell Employees Bring Learnings From Israel; COSIA Collaborator Newsletter, June 2015

Israel’s Iron Dome Technology to be Adapted for Guelph Smart Grid; Amanda Connolly, iPolitics; July 7, 2015

CIIRDF Press Release: Canada-Israel R&D Collaboration in Smart Grid Aims to Revolutionize Energy Management; July 6, 2015

CIIRDF Press Release:  Ontario and Israel Extend Successful Collaboration with New Funding for Bilateral R&D; May 11, 2015





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