USA and Israel announce call for proposals for the U.S.-Israel Energy Center

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Israel’s Ministry of Energy, and the Israel Innovation Authority have announced a $16 million Call for Proposals of the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology (Energy Center). Commercial companies, research institutes, and universities from the U.S. and Israel are encouraged to form consortia of at least two unrelated entities from each country and apply for these awards.
The U.S. and Israeli governments will provide $8 million each for the initial two-year launch of the Energy Center. With five-year awards envisioned, and 50 percent cost share required from awardees, the total value of the Energy Center awards could reach $80 million, subject to Congressional appropriations.
Four awards will be made, one in each of four research topics, including energy storage, fossil energy, energy cyber and physical security in critical infrastructure, and energy-water nexus.
The establishment of a joint U.S.-Israel Energy Center was first authorized by Congress in the U.S.-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014. The U.S. DOE and the Israeli Ministry of Energy signed an Implementation Agreement in June 2018, establishing the Center and its four initial topic areas.

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