Israel has now joined the growing list of countries to have concluded an association agreement to allow it to participate fully in Horizon 2020. The agreement does have certain restrictions, as the agreement respects pre-1967 borders. This means that entities based in the Occupied Territories (Golan Heights, the Gaza Strip and the West Bank including East Jerusalem) are not able to participate.
As with other countries with association agreements (Norway, Iceland and Turkey), this now means that eligible Israeli partners can participate on an even footing with EU Member States.
In practical terms this means organisations from Israel can participate in and lead proposals on a funded-basis and that partners from Israel count towards the minimum requirements for consortium. The decision is applied retrospectively from the start of Horizon 2020, so will apply to any proposals that are currently being reviewed.
The Commission have issued FAQs designed to provide more information and these are…
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