I4F

I4F

Israel-India Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F)

On the occasion of the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Israel, a MoU was signed on 5th July, 2017 to further strengthen the scientific, technological, industrial and economic cooperation in fields of common interest and on the basis of equality and mutual benefit. The US$ 40 million (over a five-year period) India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) is one of the outcomes of the historic first-ever visit of an Indian Prime Minister to Israel in July 2017. The first call was launched jointly by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on 15 January 2018, at the “India Israel Business Summit 2018” at New Delhi.

2. The India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F) is a cooperation platform between the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India, and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), Government of Israel, to promote, facilitate and support joint Industrial R&D projects between companies from India and Israel, which would lead to successful commercialization and benefit for both countries within two years. In India, on behalf of DST, funding and other services will be provided through Global Innovation & Technology Alliance (GITA) and in Israel, funding and other services will be provided through IIA.

3. The Fund is open to the applied R&D projects in all areas but will focus on the following areas:

  • Agriculture
  • Energy
  • Healthcare
  • Information & Communication Technologies (ICT)
  • Water

4. Eligibility Criteria:

Each proposal must include an eligible Project Lead Applicant who would be responsible for application submission and leading the project in the two countries respectively. Although it is not mandatory, projects that engage a technology developer and a technology end-user/first customer are strongly encouraged. Before submitting the proposal, the heads of the principal entities (Project Leads) of both countries shall have completed negotiations on details including payment of contributions, roles and mutual responsibilities.

Indian Applicants: Eligible Indian applicants must be researchers or managers of companies that operate and are headquartered in India. Academic institutions, research hospitals, other R&D institutes (including not-for-profit research institutes recognized by DST/GITA) that are headquartered and operate in India are strongly encouraged to participate in the projects as co-investigators.

Specific criteria for eligible applicants are as follows:

  • The Indian Project Lead (INPL) (i.e. lead company) must be a commercial company under the Indian Company Act 1956, which operates in and is headquartered in India.
  • At least 51% stake of the INPL Company must be owned by Indian citizens.
  • The INPL should have the required expertise and team capacity to manage the proposed project.
  • Sole proprietors and partnership firms are not eligible for support under this programme.
  • Companies headquartered and owned outside India and their subsidiaries in India, or vice versa, are not eligible to receive funding from DST/GITA under this programme.

Preferences will be given to:

  • Indian companies having a partnership with government-funded Indian academic and R&D institutions.
  • Indian companies having in-house R&D Centre which is recognized by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India. Indian companies having a partnership with government-funded Indian academic and R&D institutions.
  • Companies that fall under the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprise (MSME) category, as defined by the Government of India.

Israeli Applicants: An Israeli for profit R&D performing company, which is registered, operated in Israel as Project Lead (ISPL), responsible for the Israel application submission, leading the Israeli side of the project and communicating with the Indian Project Lead.

The Israeli Project Lead (ISPL) ((i.e. lead company) and any other Israeli company that is signed on the Cooperation and Project and Funding Agreement are subjected to the Israeli Research and Development Law (1984) and the Israel Innovation Authority Board Guideline number 1.

[Note: Collaborations must be business-led from both sides. Sub-contractors (i.e. universities, research institutions) are eligible to participate as Sub-contractors or as part of bi-lateral Indo-Israeli consortium as long as they have background IP that will be used in the joint project or if they get ownership on the new developed Product.]

Indian companies having a partnership with government-funded Indian academic and R&D institutions.

Indian companies having in-house R&D Centre which is recognised by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Government of India.  For details, please refer to 

5. The details of the Calls for Proposals, till date, are as follows:

S. No

Project Title

Indian Partner

Israeli Partner

First Call for Proposals

(launched on 15 January 2018 and closed on 16 April 2018)

1

Energy Efficiency in Agricultural Pumping with Smart Groundwater Management through Monitoring & Targeting Aquifers

The solution: The project will develop a solution to achieve energy and water efficiency in villages around India through an integration of improved groundwater level technology, water nexus technology and an IoT platform with smart monitors.

Energy Efficiency Services Ltd.

 

 

Bacsoft

2

Development of Cellular Interface Mitigation Solution for the Indian Market, based on UBiFiX Solution

The solution: The project will develop electronic systems for the cellular market in India to help mitigate interference in cellular networks and improve network quality.

Frog Cellsat Ltd.

 

 

Ubiqam Ltd.

3

Autonomous Water Pump for Irrigation, Utilizing Solar Energy

The solution: The project will develop a solar energy-based water pump system that is cost effective and suitable for any type of well in order to enhance yields and decrease operational and maintenance costs.

Vyoda Private Ltd.

 

Agrosolar Irrigation Systems Ltd.

4

Development  and Clinical Evaluation of Affordable Surgical Device based on MIMS Technology for Treating of Glaucoma in India

The solution: The project will develop and integrate an affordable, standalone minimally invasive device to enable more ophthalmologists in India to treat cataract patients’ glaucoma in one sitting, at lower costs.

Appasamy Ocular Devices (P) Ltd.

 

 

Sanoculis Ltd.

Second Call for Proposals

(launched on 15 August 2018 and closed on 5 December 2018)

1.

Energy Management for Green E-Mobility.

The solution: The project will enable India to optimize the usage of the existing electricity grid, minimize investment in new equipment, and ultimately allow for growth in the Indian economy through e-mobility, as well as potentially becoming a center of knowledge and expertise in the area of e-mobility and EVs. It will enable increased usage of renewable energy, driving reduced dependency on “dirty” fuels, leading to reduced pollution.

JBM Group

Driivz

 

2.

Consolidated Digital Distribution Network for the emerging markets

The solution: Through this project, a comprehensive set of cross-vertical digital services will be developed on a single end-to-end digital platform that can be reached using any mobile device through USSD, mobile app or web interfaces.

Quicksand Design Studio Pvt. Ltd.

VascoDe Technologies

 

3.

Artificial Intelligence in Medical Imaging.

The solution: The partnership will focus on the development of an AI-based chest X-ray interpretation tool for TB which can help doctors better screen for the disease. The final jointly developed product will help provide high quality radiology access to remote locations by alerting the presence of critical findings immediately. This will help provide timely, cost-effective, quality care to patients in remote and rural locations.

HealthNet Global

Zebra Medical Vision

 

 

Note: The Third Call for Proposals was launched on 15 January 2019 and closed on 30 April 2019 with the selected project likely to be announced shortly. The Fourth Call for Proposals was launched on 1 August 2019 and closed on 5 December 2019 with the announcement like to take place on March 2020. The Fifth Call for Proposals is likely to be launched on 15 January 2020.

GITA website: https://gita.org.in/OnlineRfp/ProgramInfo.aspx?GITA=kZdo4yRVS4gRExygXA1Gymh+eG5HFbEmsFwvzsEL6rs=

IIA website: https://innovationisrael.org.il/en/fund/i4f-israel-india

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