KARNATAKA (INDIA) – ISRAELI R & D PROGRAM (KIRD)
A Bilateral Framework providing financial support for collaborative industrial R&D ventures between Karnataka and Israeli companies
A bilateral agreement was entered into by Govt. of Karnataka with Israel for cooperation in the field of industrial and technological research and development, which is referred to as Karnataka–Israel Research & Development (KIRD) program on March 21, 2013 with the goal of supporting joint industrial R&D projects between Israeli and Karnataka-based companies.This agreement will be promoted and implemented by Karnataka Science and Technology Promotion Society (KSTePS) and Karnataka State Council for Science and Technology (KSCST), autonomous organizations under the Department of Science and Technology on behalf of Government of Karnataka, while MATIMOP – Israeli Industry Centre for R&D on behalf of Govt. of Israel. Followed by this, a workshop was organized on May 7, 2013. Based on the recommendations of the workshop, proposals were invited from Industries in Karnataka, which are involved in R&D activities.The first call for the proposal was announced on 17th June 2013, with the call open for 3 months. Against this call, 10 project proposals were received from different fields like aerospace, clean technology, life science, medical devices, e-learning, internet etc.All the project proposals were evaluated by experts in the relevant field and further presented to the Screening Committee with all technical and budget details. After evaluation,the Screening Committee shortlisted 4 proposals. These selected proposals will be further discussed at the Joint Committee, which will have representation from both GoK and MATIMOP.