The Canada-Israel Industrial Research Development Foundation (CIIRDF), the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Embassy of Israel in Canada announced a new program to facilitate industry-led R&D collaboration between Saskatchewan and Israel, and strengthen the innovation and economic ties between the two jurisdictions.
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CIIRDF stimulates and invests in collaborative research and development between private sector companies in Canada and Israel, with a focus on the commercialization of new technologies. Established in 1994 under a formal treaty from the Governments of Canada and Israel, CIIRDF is connected institutionally with the Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel’s
Ministry of the Economy.
The Saskatchewan-Israel R&D Collaboration Program will enable the joint development and commercialization of new technologies in areas of shared expertise including agriculture, clean tech, minerals, nuclear R&D, and energy. The emerging bilateral partnerships promise to yield new products that help collaborating companies break new ground in global markets, and generate export revenues that grow the economies of both Saskatchewan and Israel.
The pilot program will capitalize on the complementary R&D strengths and resources of both jurisdictions. Managed by CIIRDF, the program will leverage investment from the Government of Saskatchewan, and the Office of the Chief Scientist, Ministry of Economy in Israel. It will stimulate and support industry-led R&D projects that increase the competitiveness of collaborating firms in high growth sectors, and advance the economic priorities of both regions.
Within Saskatchewan, CIIRDF will work closely with the Global Institute for Food Security, the International Minerals Innovation Institute, and the Sylvia Fedoruk Centre for Nuclear Innovation and the Petroleum Technology Research Centre on the delivery of this bilateral program.
“While the roots of the Canada-Israel relationship are our shared democratic values and common interests, the stem is increasingly becoming our growing ties in research and innovation, ” said Rafael
Barak, Israel’s Ambassador to Canada. “I am confident that this new program will not only improve our economies and bring value-added jobs to Saskatchewan and Israel, but it will also lead to innovative technologies that improve lives around the world.”
“There is considerable power in partnerships and the Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to be working together with the CIIRDF to share knowledge, expand our research and innovation capabilities, and further strengthen the relationship with our friends in Israel, ” said Minister Responsible for Innovation, Jeremy Harrison.