Three R&D projects approved under I4F
GS Paper - 2 (International Relations)
Deliberating on widening the scope of India-Israel Industrial R&D and Technological Innovation Fund (I4F), the two countries have approved three joint R&D projects worth $5.5 million and suggested measures to create a broader India-Israel collaborative ecosystem.
- The projects are 'Centrally monitored IoT nano-sensors for molecular diagnostics in healthcare and screening applications'; 'NoMoreMos' - a mosquito control biological solution; and 'IoT enabled satellite communication for real-time collection of agriculture and environment data across India'.
- The eighth governing body of I4F ratified the minutes of the seventh governing body meeting on 18 January 2022, which was followed by approval of the three joint R&D projects, a release from the Ministry of Science & Technology said on 19 January 2022.
- So far, the priority areas have been agriculture, security and other important areas.
- There is further scope of increasing the quantum of projects received, which calls for the need to conduct more online meetings among the startup eco-system of Israel and India.
- The members mutually decided on a strategy for the new phase of I4F 2.0, which also includes co-developing disruptive technologies in strategic sectors together with research performers involving academia as well.