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MASHAV - Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation


Needed: Technologies for global health and development challenges!

Great Challenges Israel (Incentive Program No. 26) is a joint initiative of the Israel Innovation Authority and MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation in the context of Global Grand Challenges, a group of initiatives fostering innovation to solve key global health and development problems.
The aim of the incentive program is to encourage R&D of innovative technological solutions to global health and development challenges in developing countries. The incentive program supports Israeli technological innovation in these fields and entrance to new markets while at the same time reflecting the desire to help these countries.

Relevant Technologies

Global Health, Water, Food Security

Program Description

This call for proposals invites entrepreneurs to submit their proposals for the development of technological solutions to global health, water, and food security challenges in developing countries.



List of preferred countries according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

  • Africa: Rwanda, Ethiopia, Kenya, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Uganda, Malawi, Liberia, Guinea, Togo, Burkina Faso, Ghana
  • Latin America: Guatemala, Honduras, Haiti, Panama, Colombia, the Pacific Alliance trade bloc
  • Asia-Pacific: India, China, Philippines, Cambodia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, the Pacific (Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Kiribati, Tuvalu, Vanuatu)
  • Eurasia: Uzbekistan, Ukraine, Macedonia, Albania, Turkmenistan

Grant applications for R&D aimed at global health and development challenges according to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) may be submitted in a range of fields, in particular:

Global Health                                  

  • Accessibility of health services
  • Prevention and treatment of infectious diseases and vector control
  • Pregnant women and newborn health
  • Women health
  • Point-of-care diagnostics
  • Mental health
  • Disaster preparedness and response


  • Water treatment and sanitation
  • Access to clean water
  • Rain water retention

Food security

  • Post-harvest treatment
  • Irrigation in arid conditions
  • Advanced agriculture


Extent of Grants:
70%, 80% or 90% of approved budget and up to NIS 500,000 for the duration of the approved program.

Application Process

For more details about the incentive track or to apply via our Hebrew site, click here.

For more details about the incentive track in English click here.


On 03/04/2019 between 10:00 and 11:30, we will hold a webinar to present the Call for Projects and walk applicants through the application process: Registration to the webinar


For additional information, please contact:


Societal Challenges Division


Israel Innovation Authority