External research funds and government ministries are local and international organizations dedicated to funding research activities, according to the needs and objectives of the organization. Some of the funds are independent, non-profit legal entities or institutions (NGOs), while others are government ministries.
Ministry of Education
The roles of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Education are divided into two main areas:
The first area is defining the research policy, which includes the representation of the budgetary interests of science and research; determining criteria for allocating research resources; determining research priorities within various educational fields; creating frameworks and suitable procedures for conducting efficient researches and distributing their findings; and facilitating research-based collaborations with governmental, external and international entities.
The second area is combining knowledge and science in service of the defined policy, which includes: assistance in policy definition and decision making based on scientific knowledge; locating problems for which their solutions require scientific expertise; and determining the guiding principles regarding assessment procedures of the ministry's policy and programs.
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Ministry of Economy and Industry
The office of the Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry is responsible for executing the governmental policy for the support of industrial research and development.
The purpose of the Chief Scientist is to develop technology in Israel as a means for encouraging technological entrepreneurship, maximizing scientific potential, increasing the knowledge base within the Israeli industry, encouraging research and development that has great added value, and encouraging R&D collaborations both nationally and internationally.
The Chief Scientist's office maintains various support programs that operate on a yearly basis, including the following:
Magnet is a generic technology R&D program for the Israeli industry. It is unique in such that it is a tool for the efficient and directed utilization of the national resources allocated for research and industrial development.
This advantage is achieved through genuine collaboration between industrial companies and research institutions, and through R&D of pre-competitive technologies and their implementation.
Organizations from within the industry and academia work together in the main avenue of this program. The program is based on the development of the required knowledge components amongst each of the partners, and on the utilization of the combined knowledge from which to develop future products.
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The purpose of this program is to encourage and assist in transferring technologies from academia to the industry, while maintaining a mutual collaboration between one industry and one research group from within the academic world.
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A track that is focused solely on biotechnology and nanotechnology. Its purpose is to encourage the maximization of the applicable potential of academic research for the benefit of industry in Israel.
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All activities of the Ministry of Economy and Industry are guided by the principle of mutual risk alongside mutual funding. There is no request for royalties from future sales however there is an expectation that all developed competencies in Israel will be put to use.
Ministry of Health
The objectives of this ministry are to support and promote medical research in Israel. The Chief Scientist's office of the Ministry of Health offers grants for research, feasibility studies and scholarships for continuing education programs.
In response to a "call for proposals" published on the website, requests for financing of research with clinical attributes will be accepted for judging and evaluation, along with research connected to diseases and health, as well as those pertaining to understanding etiology, the process and methods of treatment for diseases.
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Ministry of Environmental Protection
The Ministry of Environmental Protection is responsible for scientific research and programs, scholarships and research funds, including instructions for requesting scholarships and funds, information on R&D in the governmental ministries and additional important information for scientists and researchers.
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ISF – Israel Science Foundation
Israel Science Foundation is the central organization currently supporting basic research in Israel. The foundation's research grants are provided on a competitive basis, in accordance with scientific excellence parameters. The foundation maintains an international evaluation and judging forum which includes over 10,000 leading scientists from Israel and across the globe. The foundation's endeavors encompass the following fields: exact sciences and technology, life and medical sciences, and humanities and social sciences. Grant recipients are all researchers at universities, research institutes, higher education institutes and hospitals.
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The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate is the largest such program in the world for scientific and industrial collaboration. Israel has been participating in this program as an accompanying partner, and enjoys the rights awarded to all member countries in the program. The country's participation opens up a gateway for various Israeli organizations, offering the chance to benefit from the strategic participation in research, development and marketing throughout Europe. The directorate assists in routine administrative management throughout the course of research. ISERD was established by the government of Israel and is operated by numerous ministries, including: Ministry of Industry and Commerce, Ministry of Science, Culture and Sport, The Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education, Ministry of Finance, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and as such promotes the participation of Israeli organizations in the framework program.
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FP7 – European Union
The seventh framework program is the main tool used by the European Union' for funding research and development. The duration of the program is seven years, and it was initiated in 2007 with a budget of 50M Euros. The program offers a wide range of financing opportunities, for beginner or experienced researchers, collaborative or individual research, collaborations with the industry and others. Additional calls for proposals are issued for submission throughout the duration of the framework program.
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