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Florida-Innovation Partnership Aerospace Track and R&D Aerospace Grant

Grants to Florida and Israel Businesses for
Collaborative Aerospace Research and Development

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Space Florida (SF) and Israel Innovation Authority (OCS)

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01/17/18 12:00 PM Noon EST


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Grants to Florida and Israel businesses to collaborate on aerospace research and development projects. Applications must be jointly submitted by teams representing both countries. Qualifying projects stimulate the development of new and significantly improved products and processes that may be commercialized in the global marketplace.

In October 2013, the State of Florida and the State of Israel executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage cooperation by the two countries in aerospace and other technology and life science research and development (R&D). As a result of the MOU, Space Florida and Israel Innovation Authority (OCS), the Israeli Industry Center for R&D (which is housed with the Office of the Chief Scientist in Israel’s Ministry of Economy) implemented a program to fund joint research projects by Florida and Israeli for-profit companies in a number of research areas related to aerospace.

Eligible R&D Projects include:

-Satellite Communication
-Small satellites (including C3I for small satellites) and small launch vehicles
-Space sensors for space applications: development, integration, calibration, and environmental testing (including radiometry, multi- and hyper-spectral)
-Bio-sensors for space research
-Nano-materials and coatings for space applications
-Electric power resources and solutions for space applications
-Bio-sensors for space research
-Microgravity research related to human life sciences
-Unmanned aerial vehicles and systems
-Nano-electronics, flex-electronics and low power electronics
-Micro- and nano-robotics technologies
-Other aerospace related research project

Successful companies will receive funding directly from their country according to its regulations and procedures: companies from Israel will be funded by the Office of the Chief Scientist “OCS” in the Israel Ministry of Economy and companies from Florida will be funded by Space Florida.

Mode of Collaboration:

To be eligible to apply for a grant, applicants must be a partnership consisting of at least one for-profit Florida Company and one for-profit Israeli company. Companies are required to comply with the application requirements set forth and program conditions respective to each funding jurisdiction.

Applicants, where one of the applying companies is a wholly owned subsidiary or joint venture of the other company, will not be considered. Applicants where one of the applying companies has a nominal equity position in the other or a contractual business relationship (for example, in-country distributor of the other company’s products) will be considered so long as the relationship is fully disclosed in the Joint Bilateral Cooperation Application Form.

SF and Israel Innovation Authority (OCS) are able to help match companies and to help identify potential application partners for this program. Israel Innovation Authority (OCS) holds a database of Israeli technology companies and it provides on‐demand partner matching services. SF has access to commercial databases that can assist in identifying potential Florida partners. Additionally, it is expected that companies will be seeking their own partners independently.

Participation of research institutions/universities is welcome as subcontractors in accordance with each jurisdiction’s funding regulations.

Each jurisdiction will fund its eligible participants in accordance with its own guidelines and procedures.

Proposals will be evaluated based on the following common Project Requirements and Evaluation Criteria and in accordance with each funding jurisdictions requirements.

Technical Merit
-Significance of problem/opportunity
-Degree of innovation (novelty) of technology
-Technical feasibility

Commercial Merit
-Size of potential market
-Extent to which the need for the product or process can be validated
-Potential disruptiveness of the technology to be developed

Ability to carry out proposed research successfully
-Soundness of approach and work plan
-Adequacy of management plan
-Qualifications of key members of research team
-Strength of the partnership and compatibility between the Israeli and Florida company

Ability of project participants to commercialize resulting technology successfully
-Current position in market
-Adequacy of commercialization plan
-Ability to secure needed financing

Potential Economic Benefit
-If the project is successful, estimate the amount of new investment capital that you may be able to raise as a result thereof.
-What is your most likely pathway to commercialization, e.g., continuing to grow your current entity, sale to a strategic partner, spin-off of the technology into a new company?
-If your project is successful, is it realistic to base commercialization activities in Florida, or are there factors (e.g., locations of critical customers and/or suppliers, base of skilled workforce, unique university/research institution relationships) that will pressure you to look elsewhere?

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 176923

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Term of Contract:

Project duration is up to two years. If the proposed length of the project is more than one (1) year, milestones/deliverables will be required to show that significant progress has been made at the end of the first year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

In Florida:

For-profit corporations or limited liability companies, with three (3) out of four (4) of the following activities located in Florida: Headquarters, Research & Development, Sales & Marketing or Manufacturing, which are defined as follows:

-Headquarters: location where the company’s executive offices are located
-Research & Development: activities related to research of relevant existing and new technologies, and development of these products into new and improved products,
-Sales & Marketing: activities related to developing and increasing awareness of the company’s products (“marketing”), and developing and increasing sales of the company’s products (“sales”); and -Manufacturing: activities related to the assembly, test and inspection of the company’s products.

Universities and research institutions can apply as subcontractors. Research projects should focus on the aerospace/related areas listed above.

In Israel:

R&D performing companies registered and operating in Israel. Universities and Research Centers can participate as sub-contractors, in line with OCS applicable rules and procedures.

Pre-Application Information:

Florida companies will be required to provide an equal or greater amount of matching share to the grant award in any combination of equipment, services, or monetary contribution for approved R&D expenditures associated with the approved grant award.

The submittal period is August 30, 2017 through January 17, 2018, 12:00 PM Noon EST.

Item Time and Date Due (all time is EST):
-Publication Date - Call for Projects 2018: August 30, 2017 through January 17, 2018
-Submittal of Required Application Documents: No later than 12:00 Noon, Wednesday, January 17, 2018
-Evaluation Period: January 17, 2018 through April 30, 2018
-Awards (TBA): As Issued

Israel Innovation Authority (OCS) rules and procedures may be found here:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Space Florida:
321-730-5301 ext. 210

Israel Innovation Authority (OCS):
Mr. Jonathan Cohen

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Florida