Israeli innovators receive grants to aid developing world

Israel’s Grand Challenges initiative on Sunday for the first time awarded ten Israeli innovators with grants of up to NIS 500,000 for projects that tackle tough issues in the developing world.

The Grand Challenges Israel program, which aims to promote technologies addressing health, water and agricultural challenges in developing nations, was launched last year with support from MASHAV, Israel’s Agency for International Development Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Prime Minister’s office, and the Office of the Chief Scientist in the Economy Ministry. It is based on Canada’s program of the same name–specifically its Stars in Global Health program–and is part of a global initiative that the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation launched in 2003.


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