Policy background

The European Union (EU) and Israel have a long history of successful scientific and technological cooperation. The Association Agreement, signed in Brussels on 20 November 1995 and having entered into force in June 2000, provides the legal framework for EU-Israel relations. It establishes a regular dialogue on scientific, technological, cultural, audio-visual and social matters. Israel is also part of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and under the European Neighbourhood Policy Action Plan, ten sub-committees were established, including one on research, innovation, information society, education and culture.

Israel has been associated to the EU’s research and innovation framework programmes since 1996. The agreement on Israel’s participation in Horizon 2020 was signed on 8 June 2014. 2016 marked the 20th anniversary of the country’s association the framework programmes. The celebrations started in Israel in January 2016 and concluded with a festive conference in January 2017. Israel also has a number of agreements with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre.

Horizon 2020 key figures

Funding opportunities

Horizon 2020

Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU research and innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

International cooperation in Horizon 2020

Projects and results

Research project database (CORDIS)

The Commission's primary portal for results of EU-funded research projects. Here you can find International cooperation projects related to Israel.

EU funded projects

Examples of international cooperation projects

  • SNIFFPHONE (2015-2019), coordinated by the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology, has developed an accurate and non-invasive way to detect gastric cancers through a person’s breath. The hand-held sensors can be used by anyone without medical supervision in combination with a smart phone. A mobile phone app provides instruction on how to use the breath analyser and instantly delivers results back to the user
  • SOCRATES (2016-2020) explores ways to improve how robots interact with users given a range of tasks and circumstances. The application focus is on robotics in eldercare. It addresses interaction quality – a concept for characterising how a specific mode of interaction is fit for a given task, situation and user - from several standpoints: emotion, intention, adaptivity, design and acceptance. The program involves the training of 15 PhD students.
  • G2P-SOL (2016-2021) aims to gather, improve and disseminate genetic and phenotypic information on the four major Solanaceous crops: potato, tomato, pepper and eggplant. When undergoing adaptation for human use, Solanaceous plants lose much of their genetic richness and become more sensitive to environmental stresses and damage from bacteria, insects or climate change. The gathered information by the project participants, including three organisations from Israel, can be used to recover the diversity of Solanaceous crops and increase their productivity, adaptability and nutritional value.


National Contact Points

The National Contact Points (NCPs) provide guidance, practical information and assistance on all aspects of participation in Horizon 2020.

European Commission

Luca Polizzi
Policy Officer
DG Research and Innovation, Unit R&I 05 Horizon Europe Association

Telephone: +972 972 3 6000919 | email: Luca.POLIZZI@eeas.europa.eu