About Us

Israel-Europe Research & Innovation Directorate

Promoting participation of Israeli entities in European R&I activity. Israel's National contact point for participation in the European Framework programmes

ISERD - Your Gateway to European R&I initiative 

ISERD is Israel's National contact point for participation in the European Framework programme and is also responsible for promoting the participation of Israeli entities in in the European Framework Programmes and in bilateral and multilateral research and innovation activities with European countries. 
ISERD – The Israel-Europe R&D Directorate is an inter-ministerial directorate, established by the Israeli Ministry of Economy, the Planning and Budgeting Committee of the Council for Higher Education the Ministry of Science and Technology, , the Ministry of Finance and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
ISERD is operated through the Israel Innovation Authority and is Israel's official contact point (NCP) with the EU, for all the activities of the Framework Programme.

Our Goal:

To increase Israel’s scientific and industrial collaboration with the European research and innovation ecosystem.  

ISERD operates through various programs:

  • The EU Framework Program for R&D (HORIZON 2020)
  • Programs co-funded by National and EU funds
  • EUREKA for industrial R&D Cooperation
  • Bi-National programs for industrial R&D Cooperation
  • Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) for SMEs


  • Provides information on various funding and collaboration opportunities in the European landscape (please sign to our newsletter)  
  • Assists in Partner Searches
  • Assists throughout proposals submissions process
  • Organizes seminars, learning and exposure meetings as well as matchmaking events for joint collaboration opportunities

Excellence in Science

  • European Research Council
    The fundamental activity of the ERC is to provide attractive, long-term funding to support excellent investigators and their research teams to pursue ground-breaking, high-gain/high-risk research.
  • Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions
    The MSCA strongly contribute to excellent research, boosting jobs, growth and investment by equipping researchers with new knowledge and skills and providing them with an international as well as inter-sectoral exposure (including through academia-business collaboration), to fill the top positions of tomorrow.
  • Research Infrastructures
    Research Infrastructures (RIs), including the European Open Science Cloud, and Technology Infrastructures (TIs)1 are crucial enablers of research and innovation. Europe needs an effective and integrated landscape of RIs and TIs that helps covering the continuum of needs from fundamental knowledge creation to technology deployment.

SSHA & Science in Society

  • Europe in a changing world – Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies
    “Europe in a changing world - Inclusive, innovative and reflective societies” aims at fostering a greater understanding of Europe, by providing solutions and support inclusive, innovative and reflective European societies with an innovative public sector in a context of unprecedented transformations and growing global interdependencies. 
  • Science with and for Society
    Science with and for Society is a horizontal programme under the Horizon 2020 programme. It aims at bridging the gap between the scientific community and society at large. 

ICT, Secure Societies, FET

Environment & Clean and Efficient Energy

  • Environment
    The objective of the H2020 Societal Challenge 5 'Climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials' is to achieve a resource – and water – efficient and climate change resilient economy and society, the protection and sustainable management of natural resources and ecosystems, and a sustainable supply and use of raw materials.
  • Clean and Efficient Energy
    Horizon 2020 Challenge 3 - Secure, Clean and Efficient Energy - covers the full innovation cycle – from 'proof of concept' to applied research,  pre-commercial demonstration and market uptake measures. It also exploits synergies with other relevant areas, e.g. information and communication technologies.

Health, Food & Agriculture

  • Health
    The Horizon 2020 ‘health, demographic change and wellbeing’ (Societal Challenge 1) theme includes 3 main calls: Personalized medicine, digital transformation in Health and Care and trusted digital solutions and Cybersecurity in Health and Care.
  • Food & Agriculture
    Activities under H2020 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’ (Societal Challenge 2) aim at making the best of our biological resources in a sustainable way. 

Transport, Aeronautics & Space

Innovation in SMEs

  • EIC Accelerator- SME Instrument
    Mono-beneficiary acceleration scheme, including a grant up to 2.5 million Euro for scale-up and commercialization of a disruptive product, belonging to an excellent high-growth-potential company.
  • Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) 
    A grant of up to 3 million Euros, for a small industrial consortium (3-5 partners), dedicated on co-creation and joint track for commercialization of a disruptive technology or product.
  • Access to Risk Finance (ARF)
    Financial tools in the framework of Horizon2020 to support growth of innovative companies.
  • Enterprise Europe Network (EEN)
    Enterprise Europe Network, the biggest European network for finding strategic partners from all kinds.
  • Innovation in SMEs calls (INNOSUPs)
    Funding schemes to support better innovation eco-systems for SMEs.