On January 1, 2016, the National Technological Innovation Authority was established in Israel. The new entity is a statutory authority, set up by law to exercise the Israeli government policy in technological innovation and to unite the former activities of the OCS (Office of Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy) and MATIMOP under one roof.
The National Technological Innovation Authority oversees planning and executing Israel innovation policy. The authority provides a variety of practical tools and funding platforms aimed at addressing the needs of the local and international innovation ecosystems. The authority advises the government and parliament (“Knesset”) committees regarding innovation in Israel and monitors and analyzes the innovation environments in Israel and abroad. The authority creates cooperation with counterpart agencies to promote technological innovation in the Israeli industry and economy.
ISERD was established by the Israeli government to implement the R&I cooperation between the EU and Israel in the EU Framework Programmes for Research and Innovation (now the Horizon 2020 programme). This cooperation is based on a formal association agreement.
ISERD operates through the Israel Innovation Authority and is Israel's official contact point with the EU for all the activities of the Framework Programme. ISERD coordinates the activities of Israel's delegates to the various programme committees managing H2020. ISERD actively disseminates information, enhances industrial cooperation, promotes partnership searches and provides advice and guidance to Israel's R&I community in industry and research institutions. ISERD organizes events such as seminars, conferences and info days, and publishes information on the web via newsletters and articles in specialized magazines.
IL: Israel MOST - Ministry of Science Technology
The Ministry of Science and Technology is a key agency in shaping and advancing Israel's R&D policy. Seeking innovation, excellence and aspiring to position Israel as a leading country of science and technology. The Ministry identifies scientific and technological research areas that are of national priority. The recent and current main themes are:
- Advanced Materials- including nanotechnology and nanomaterials, nano safety, additive manufacturing, meta- materials, metallurgy, green chemistry and green materials.
- Life sciences and bio-medicine - including healthy aging, genetics and epigenetics, medical devices, alternatives to animal experiments, microbiome research, regenerative medicine, resistance pathogens.
- Environmental Research and Cleantech - including water technology, marine science, Terrestrial ecology.
- Quantum technology, applied astrophysics and space.
- Social and behavioral sciences - including Violence and crime in the online space, behavioral sciences aspects related to drugs and alcohol, digital social and humanities
Additional areas of priority are:
- Cyber Research, the Ministry cooperates with the National Cyber Bureau;
- Computer Science and Information and Communication Technologies (ICT);
- Big data
- Renewable Energy Research
- storage including substitutes to oil in transportation.
This is the 7th year that MOST is running the one million dollars Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation and recently for smart transportation as well.
Social Sciences including, policy development aiming at the enhancement of the role of women in the society.
Proteomics, Personalized Medicine, Technology and Innovation for the Benefit of the Aging Population, nutrition and society, resistance pathogens,
The Ministry operates funding programs in these fields which support high quality R&D projects.
MOST established in 2014 the National Foundation for Applied and Engineering Sciences for the purpose of bridging the gap between basic research and industrial research.
The Ministry of Science and Technology is in charge of initiating and implementing the international scientific agreements on the governmental level. It activates currently bi-lateral agreements with 29 countries, and represents Israel in international organizations such as CERN, in addition to European infrastructure organizations such as ELIXIR, INSTRUCT, EuBI.