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Israel maintains eligibility for major EU science funding program

The Israeli government has signed on to the European Union’s 2021-2027 Horizon program, which offers funding and cooperation on research and development in various domains.
Michael Dimenstein/GPO

Israel signed an agreement with the European Union Dec. 6 to join the 2021-2027 Horizon Europe research and development program. The program, the largest of its kind in the world, focuses on international cooperation in science and industry and has a budget of 95.5 billion euros, making it a major source of funding in these fields. It is the ninth such R&D program sponsored by the EU. Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth Mariya Gabriel signed the agreement in Brussels with Haim Regev, Israel’s ambassador to the European Union and NATO.

The agreement will allow Israel to remain at the forefront of worldwide scientific and technological development as an innovation pioneer in several major fields, including cyber technology, agricultural technology, food tech and green technology. Research funded by the previous programs can be largely credited for Israel’s successful projects in science and advanced technology.

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