New agreements expand research ties between Ontario and Israel

Premier Kathleen Wynne and members of the Ontario delegation has signed several Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with Israeli institutions, making it easier for experts in research and innovation to collaborate on new projects.

Premier Wynne met with Israeli Chief Scientist Avi Hasson on Tuesday  to sign new partnership agreements valued at $20 million, including:

  • An amendment to the existing Ontario-Israel Research and Development MOU, which will expand the agreement to include academic-industry partnerships.
  • $10 million in joint funding for new industry-academic collaborations, which will help industries and academic institutions work together to develop the next generation of high-tech products.
  • $10 million in joint funding for industry projects over the next five years through the Ontario-Israel Collaboration Program, which represents an additional $4 million in funding over existing commitments. This includes funding for three successful 2015 applicants in the area of clean-tech and advanced materials.

The Premier also met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday to discuss opportunities for future collaboration on shared priorities, including research, innovation and life sciences.

The Premier participated in an innovation roundtable at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem hosted by the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to promote Ontario’s leadership in innovation and showcase the province’s world-class colleges and universities. Several Ontario institutions signed collaboration agreements with the Hebrew University, including:

  • The Ontario Institute for Cancer Research signed an MOU valued at $5 million with the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. This agreement will create the Joseph and Wolf Lebovic Cancer Genomics and Immunity Research Program to support post-doctoral researchers and students in tumour immunology and genomics in their efforts to broaden the effectiveness of cancer therapies. The MOU will pave the way for advances that would not be possible if either institution were working alone, helping to accelerate the pace of progress to end cancer.
  • McMaster University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are expanding a 2014 MOU to further develop research projects and international internship opportunities. Under this MOU, the Ontario Brain Institute and the Hebrew University agreed to establish an Autism Research Training Exchange Program between McMaster University, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital and the Hebrew University. This agreement will help children who are living with autism.
  • The Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto signed an MOU with the Hebrew University to collaborate on a graduate student exchange program.
  • The Institute of Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Toronto announced the Jerusalem-Toronto Bio-Innovation Partnership with the Hebrew University to support collaboration on bioengineering projects, study-abroad programs and clinical research.
  • The University of Guelph and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem are partnering to create broader opportunities for their students and faculty in the areas of veterinary medicine and agriculture.

The Premier also visited Yad Vashem, Israel’s official memorial to the six million Jews who perished in the Holocaust and laid a wreath on the stone slab under which the ashes of Holocaust victims are buried.

This evening, the Premier will attend an event in Jerusalem to encourage the development of entrepreneurship in Israel and Canada by connecting Ontario students and faculty with Israeli startups, internships and entrepreneurial ecosystems. – CINEWS

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