Israel and the Horizon 2020 R&D Program
The European Union's Framework Program for Research and Innovation has launched the cost effective Horizon 2020 research and development program last February.
Israel cooperated and is eligible for the industrial research grants amounting 77 billion euros in seven years. There is only some misunderstanding in Israel's side since European Union has their guidelines published July last year mentioning funds will only go to ventures outside the Green Line, making east Jerusalem and Golan Heights the only Israeli places approved.
Israel and the European Union both settled down on their indifferences and the former releasing an appendix of its scepticism. Avi Hasson who is the chief scientist acknowledges how important the collaboration is. Despite the irreconcilable disagreement, Horizon 2020 will bring Israel R&D a huge international boost by helping them be part of the present and future technological advancement happening around the world.
The research grant expected to be provided by the European Union's Framework Program for Research and Innovation to Israel is an open door for the country's thriving field of technology. As we all know Europe is one to look up to when topic about technological advancement is up for discussion. They have innovated much needed systems to simplify complicated ones.
Various organizations including non-profits, business start-ups, corporations, academic institutions and private ventures are all welcome to be part of the funding for research whatever field they might be in: biochemistry, technology, environment, wireless network, telecommunications, etc.
There is still one more problem for Israel. They need to ensure they will officially be part of the European Union's Framework Program for Research and Innovation's Horizon 2020 and not European boycotts. Peace talks with the Palestinians need to happen as well for the r&d fund.
Yair Lapid, the finance minister suggested that Europeans might not consider Israel and scrap them from the association agreement. But European Union has denied such commentaries. Now, Israel can take refuge on that statement. The answer for faster and better technological advancement is waiting for them. As well as the r&d funding that will aid them financially to start projects for improvement in different fields.
Horizon 2020 is a promising alliance in international discovery for better present and future. Europe has ensured their partnership with Israel. It is a great way for both territories to learn from each other's learnings and existing systems. The answers they will find in researching and developing is just a bonus.