Call for Proposals

for the Canada-Israel Energy S&T Fund (CIEST Fund)


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The Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation (CIIRDF) is pleased to host a Call for Proposals (CFP) for the Canada-Israel Energy S&T Fund (CIEST Fund).  


The CIEST Fund invites Canadian and Israeli companies and academic researchers to cooperate on the research, development and commercialization of innovative energy technologies and processes.   

With a strong focus on key challenges in the unconventional oil and gas sector, the CIEST Fund will support high-quality industry-led R&D partnerships between Canada and Israel. These collaborations will spur the development of innovative energy technologies and processes to enable the responsible development of unconventional oil and gas resources, including applications to address environmental challenges. The Fund promotes innovation that will reduce environmental impact associated with energy exploration, extraction, processing and production.  It also encourages initiatives on other critical energy sources of interest to both countries such as renewable energy.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is committing $5 million to the CIEST Fund over the next three years with matching funds to be allocated by the Government of Israel on a project-by-project basis.

Funding: Canada  

  • Canadian companies that are headquartered and operate in Canada are eligible to receive up to a maximum of 50 percent of the total Canadian R&D project value, ranging from a minimum of CDN $300,000 to a maximum of $500,000 per project. This award could be increased to a maximum of CDN $1 million for high quality consortium-led projects with at least two Canadian industrial and two academic partners.
  • Canadian academic partners from universities and colleges can participate in CIEST Fund projects as collaborators under contract with the Canadian industry lead applicants. Leveraging a partnership with CIIRDF, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) will fund eligible academic components of selected CIEST Fund projects. NSERC will award funding directly to collaborating Canadian university and college researchers as a non-repayable grant if the project has an integrated CRD (Collaborative R&D) or ARD (Applied R&D) component.

Funding: Israel  

  • For Israeli companies that are headquartered and operate in Israel, the funding is provided from the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) through the EUREKA Program. Regular OCS rules apply to this CFP. Applicants may pursue additional support for an International Project. Funding will be determined by the R&D Review Committee of the OCS up to amaximum of 50 percent of the Israeli company’s project budget.
  • Israeli university researchers can participate in CIEST Fund projects as collaborators under contract with Israeli lead applicants.

*Please Note: CIIRDF does not providefunding to federal laboratories or government employees. Lead applicants may contract services from federal laboratories using their own financial resources. These costs are not reimbursed by CIIRDF.

CIEST Fund Priority Areas

Primary priority will be given to R&D projects in unconventional oil and gas; it is anticipated that 75 percent of project dollars will be allocated to this priority area. Other areas of focus include: energy efficiency in buildings, communities, industry and transportation; bioenergy and clean electricity generation; and the electrification of transportation.   

Resources Available to Applicants

CIIRDF is pleased to offer prospective applicants the following resources to help facilitate the development of bilateral partnerships and CIEST Fund proposals:

Selection Criteria  

Proposals will be evaluated through a competitive expert review process in both countries based on the following criteria:

  • Alignment with fund objectives
  • Scientific merit of the project
  • Commercial merit of the project (including knowledge or technology transfer plan)
  • Benefit to Canadian and Israeli economies
  • The ability and capacity of the project team
  • A draft partnership agreement that defines the obligations and rights of each partner
  • For projects with an NSERC CRD/ARD component: training of qualified personnel  
  • Approved projects must complete before February 1, 2016

Application Process  

  • As the first step of the application process, proponents are required to submit an Expression of Interest (EOI).  
  • An EOI is mandatory to receive an invitation to submit a full proposal. CIIRDF will provide feedback to applicants within a week of receipt.  
  • Complete proposals (by invitation only) will be accepted until all funds are committed and processed on an on-going basis when received.

Download CFP Documents

Do you have a project idea for the CIEST Fund? Please download the:

For additional information, please contact:  

Tomoko Nishino, Program Manager of CIIRDF (Canada): 

Les Abelson, Operations Manager, CIIRDF (Israel): 

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