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Florida, Israel call on firms to bid for joint aerospace R&D funding

Projects will be awarded funding for a total of $2 million if they show promising partnerships, near-future commercialization potential, economic benefit to Israel and Florida

Illustrative image of a spacecraft launch into space (forplayday; iStock by Getty Images)
Illustrative image of a spacecraft launch into space (forplayday; iStock by Getty Images)

Space Florida and the Israel Innovation Authority are calling on Israeli and Florida-based for-profit companies to bid for funding for a total of $2 million for joint aerospace and technology projects.

In 2013, Florida and Israel launched the annually recurring $2 million program, now in its eighth year, to strengthen the development, research and commercialization of aerospace and technology projects.

Companies will be awarded funding if they show promising partnerships, near-future potential for commercialization, and economic benefit to both Israel and Florida, the parties said in a statement.

“With support from Governor Ron DeSantis, the State’s partnership with Israel continues to cultivate the aerospace and technologies industries in both Florida and Israel,” said Space Florida president Frank DiBello in the statement.

Space Florida, the state’s aerospace and spaceport’s development authority, and the Israel Innovation Authority, an agency in charge of promoting the nation’s innovation ecosystem, set up the program to focus on supporting space and aviation, and the development of related technologies in different fields — IT, AI, health, agriculture, communication, cybersecurity, advanced manufacturing and robotics.

“The ongoing collaboration between Israel and Florida on space related technologies brought about unique innovations to this sector,” said Aharon Aharon, CEO of Israel Innovation Authority, in the statement.

Projects approved thus far include unmanned aerial systems, radiation shielding technology, capacitors to power spacecraft, and 3D-printed circuit systems.

Applications, which will be independently evaluated and scored by Space Florida and Israel Innovation Authority, opened on Monday and are accepted until February 22, 2021, the statement said.

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