Release of the 2013 US-Israel Innovation Index

USISTF - release of the U.S.-Israel Innovation Index event

Ambassador Shapiro welcomes 2013 USI3 

A bright spot for the special relationship:


By Ben SalesNovember 20, 2013 12:34pm

USISTF -  release of the U.S.-Israel Innovation Index eventThese aren’t the easiest of days for supporters of the U.S.-Israel alliance. Bibi is taking every chance he gets to tell the world that America’s about to cut a “bad deal” with Iran. Kerry is warning Israelis on prime-time TV of a third intifada should peace talks fail. Shimon Peres, unsurprisingly, just wants everyone to get along.

So U.S. Ambassador to Israel Dan Shapiro, who has emerged as the head cheerleader for the two countries’ friendship, was probably relieved last night to be the bearer of some good news. Speaking at a tony reception at the home of the U.S. embassy’s economic attaché in the Tel Aviv suburb of Herzliya, Shapiro hailed the release of the first “U.S.-Israel Innovation Index,” a report that quantifies the strength of collaboration between the two countries on technological and business innovation.

Shapiro called the countries’ successful economic partnership “the unsung story of the U.S.-Israel relationship.” The countries’ political and security dealings “dominate the front page,” he said, “but we lose the story of the positive relationship in research and development an between innovators.”

The report does paint a rosy picture of U.S.-Israel collaboration. Measuring the strength of the two countries’ cooperation in four areas — government, private sector and industry, human capital, and research and development — the report found that the U.S.-Israel economic partnership ranks third in overall strength behind the U.S.-Switzerland and U.S.-Canada economic partnerships.

Switzerland topped the list because it leads the world in the pharmaceutical industry; Canada’s border with the U.S. is the main driver behind the countries’ strong relationship.

Not surprisingly, the report found that Israel’s cooperation with the U.S. is strongest when it comes to government-to-government partnerships.

Notwithstanding the frequent tumult in diplomatic relations between Obama and Bibi, the report found that “Israel’s strength in this category reflects the traditional special relationship between the governments of the U.S. and Israel.”

“This is a way to survey the strength of the relationship,” said Ann Liebschutz, the executive director of the U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation, an organization jointly founded by the two governments, which put out the survey. “Things don’t change just because things look rocky.”

Israel also performed well in the other three categories, and Liebschutz hopes the findings will persuade even more companies to do business with Israel. Of nearly 300 international R&D centers in Israel, nearly 200 belong to U.S. companies.

Changes in the security arena don’t bother American CEOs looking to collaborate with Israeli companies, Liebschutz said: “Once they’re over here, they’re ready to do business.”


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The U.S.-Israel BioEnergy Challenge: Establishing a Binational Collaboration in Bioenergy

April 2013


The U.S.-Israel BioEnergy Challenge is a collaborative effort between the United States and Israel, and consortia of U.S. and Israeli companies, non-profit organizations, government agencies and research institutions. This initiative will competitively select and create U.S.-based partnerships for research, development and commercialization of biofuels. The BioEnergy Challenge will leverage existing R&D budgets in the U.S. and Israel, with U.S. firms and researchers competing for U.S. funding and Israeli firms and researchers competing for funding under Israel’s Magnet program.  This program is designed to catalyze partnerships among industrial firms, universities and consortia in the United States and Israel to develop and commercialize new biofuels technologies that will lead to greater energy security, economic growth, and job creation in the near term.

Lead Sponsors:  The Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) is a (501) (c)(3) founded following enactment of the U.S.-Israel Energy Cooperation Program. TIEP has worked since 2009 to build a consortium of institutions within Israel ready to share their intellectual property and work in collaboration with U.S. partners. To establish this consortium, TIEP visited Israel three times to hold meetings with more than 40 energy researchers, energy entrepreneurs, and Israeli government officials.

The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor with a mission of promoting economic growth through innovation. USISTF carries out its mission by promoting mutually beneficial hands-on R&D partnerships among U.S. and Israeli firms, researchers and thought leaders. USISTF also produces the U.S.-Israel Innovation Index, which benchmarks the U.S.-Israel innovation relationship against similar relationships between the United States and eight other countries. Through these efforts, USISTF has strengthened alliances between U.S. and Israeli research, business and policy communities to drive future economic growth and job creation in both countries.

Program Steering Committee:

The U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation (USISTF) and the Israel Energy Partnership (TIEP) are working with the following offices to guide and direct the project:

·         The White House

·         Israel Prime Minister’s Office

·         U.S. Department of Agriculture, Institute of Food and Agriculture

·         Department of Energy, Office of Science

·         U.S. Navy

·         Federal Aviation Administration, Department of Transportation

·         Office of the Chief Scientist of the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor

·         MATIMOP (Israel Industrial International R&D Outreach Agency)

Program Kick-Off April 17-24, 2013

A delegation from Israel will be visiting the United States from April 17-24 to jump-start the establishment of the collaboration. To create serious opportunities for collaboration on projects of the greatest interest to the United States, the Israeli delegation was chosen through a competitive process. Based on formal submissions, Israel’s Ministry of Trade and Industry made initial selections, and then DOE, USDA, the Navy and the FAA participated in making final selections.  When the Israeli delegation arrives in the U.S. they will be meeting in Washington with an impressive list of nearly all of the program managers and top scientific staff at those U.S. agencies (BER, EERE, NIFA, ARS, etc.) and with leaders at the Advanced Biofuels Leadership Conference.   They then will be traveling to the National Labs at Oak Ridge, TN and Emeryville, CA where they will engage in in-depth conversations with their counterparts there regarding potential research collaboration.

Next Steps:

Assuming these visits are a success, the project sponsors plan to develop an appropriate model structure to support ongoing collaboration between the U.S. and Israel. One model to be considered is the “Magnet” program of Israel’s Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor. Another model is the Techcomm Model of the Center for Innovation in Arlington Texas (a USDA industrial partner). The model must allow for legally sharing Intellectual Property rights, provide potential mechanisms for competitive funding, and provide for efficient and effective research collaboration.

US-Israel Science & Technology


The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) is a Washington, DC based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Israel Ministry of Economy with a mission of strengthening the scientific and R&D relationship of the U.S. and Israel to promote economic growth through innovation. USISTF achieves its mission by convening U.S.-Israel scientific and industry conferences, producing strategy and policy data and publications and facilitating R&D framework programs that enable joint research activities.

US-Israel Science & Technology – Our Mission


Advancing Science and Technology Through Collaboration

The U.S.-Israel Science & Technology Foundation (USISTF) is a Washington, DC based 501c3 non-profit organization founded by a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Commerce and the Israel Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor with a mission of strengthening the scientific and R&D relationship of the U.S. and Israel to promote economic growth through innovation.

Our Long-Term Objectives

  • Produce annual publications and research that informs and guides policy decision-making
  • Organize and facilitate scientific conferences that bring together high-level stakeholders to keep a pulse on the state of the industry and assess development needs for emerging technologies
  • Build and implement active government programs and bi-national state agreements that best leverage the U.S.-Israel relationship to drive economic growth and technological development
  • Build the infrastructure for long-term U.S.-Israel strategic collaboration and serve as a catalyst for mutually beneficial industrial alliances

US-Israel Science & Technology – Join Us


Join Us

Open Positions:

  • Contract Grantwriter

USISTF Seeks Contract Grantwriter:

The USISTF seeks an experienced development writer for freelance, ad-hoc grant writing projects.


• B.A., M.A. or PhD preferred
• Strong written communication skills; ability to write clear, structured, articulate and persuasive proposals
• Attention to detail
• Ability to meet interim and final deadlines
• Ability to manage competing priorities
• Knowledge of fundraising information sources
• Scientific background or experience working in technical/scientific fields preferred
• Track record of writing successful scientific or technical federal, state and local grant applications
• Track record of writing successful family or private foundation grant applications
• Ability to work flexibly and creatively in on a team

How to Apply

Please send a cover letter and resume outlining your grant writing experience, fee expectations and availability to Charles Swartz, Program and Communications Manager, U.S.-Israel Science and Technology Foundation at  Questions?  Please give Charlie a call at 202.204.3102.