MATIMOP implements an increasing range of international programs on behalf of the OCS, both bilateral and multi-lateral. The Government of Israel has entered into 29 Bi-National Industrial R&D Support Agreements all over the world and participates actively in 5 multi-lateral European programs. All programs share the common benefits for Israeli companies , as well as offering international companies access to Israeli industry’s unique capacity for innovation. The effort to expand the network of international industrial R&D collaboration with new countries, states, provinces and regions is ongoing – more than 17 agreements are in the pipeline.
In pursuing international collaborative R&D opportunities for Israeli industry, two main program models are followed:
- Independent bi-national funds, with each nation making an equal contribution;
- Parallel support arrangements, whether bi-national or multi-national whereby each nation is committed to funding R&D performed by the joint venture partner company from its own country in accordance with their respective laws and regulations.
Whether an actual fund, with an independent legal structure, a “virtual fund” based on parallel support, or cooperation in the context of multi-lateral programs, all international industrial R&D support programs share similar characteristics and guidelines.