The EU and Israel have a long history of successful scientific and technological cooperation. The main programme in which Israel participates is the EU Research and Technological Development Framework Programme (FP). Since 1996, Israel has been the only non-European country associated to the Framework Programmes. The most recent of the agreements that govern Israel's participation in the programmes was signed in July 2007 and provides Israel researchers, universities and companies with full access to the 7th RTD Framework Programme (FP7). In addition, Israeli representatives participate as observers in the FP7 implementing committees and bodies. Israel is set to contribute over €440 million to the €50 billion budget of the FP7.
Israel is currently participating in over 800 EU RTD Framework Programme projects in fields ranging from cutting edge research through nanotechnology and information and communication technology to energy and health. This makes the EU Israel's second biggest source of public research funding after the Israel Science Foundation.
There are a number of other EU and European programmes and instruments for scientific cooperation in which Israeli entities may participate.
Israel was the first neighbourhood country to join the Competitiveness and Innovation Programme (CIP) under which the European Commission promotes innovation, entrepreneurship and growth of small and medium-sized enterprises
In 2005, Israel became a member of the Galileo Joint Undertaking. Israel has committed to contribute EUR 18 million to the Galileo Joint Undertaking for activities in the development phase of the Galileo Programme.
This programme aims at reinforcing cooperation between Member States and partner countries along the external border of the European Union and is therefore open to the participation of Israeli entities
The EIT was established to reshape the European innovation landscape and to provide solutions to bridge the innovation gap. Israeli entities may, under certain conditions, participate in the knowledge and innovation communities projects of the EIT
Israel has been a full member of this network for Industrial R&D since2000 and will serve as its president for 2010-2011. Israeli companies participate in some 10% of all EUREKA projects.
Israel is a cooperating state in this European programme which supports cooperation among scientists and researchers. Israel participates in about 30% of COST actions.
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NB : L'accord de coopération scientifique et technique signé en juillet 2007 offre un accès complet des chercheurs et scientifiques israéliens au 7ème PCRD en contrepartie d'une contribution de 440 millions d'euros. A ce titre Israël participe actuellement à plus de 800 projets européens dans des domaines allant de la recherche de pointe liés aux nanotechnologies et aux technologies de l'information et de communication, à la sécurité, à l'énergie et à la santé.