Grand Challenges Israel (GCI) is dedicated to supporting innovative technological solutions to challenges in global health and food security in developing countries, and is inspired by Grand Challenges Canada. GCI is operated by The Office of the Chief Scientist within the ministry of Economy, in collaboration with MASHAV, Israel's Agency for International Development Cooperation within the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. This program is part of Israel’s contribution to global efforts in the field of international development and cooperation, along with an effort to introduce Israeli innovation to this new, challenging and growing market.
Within the GCI framework, grants of up to 500K ILS (~140,000 USD) and up to 90% of the projects approved budget will be offered to promising proposals by Israeli researchers, innovators and entrepreneurs. The grants will be dedicated to the proof of concept and development of the product/innovation in areas of global public health and food security. In addition, the program will provide a suitable framework for channeling and introducing Israeli innovative technology and services to this new, challenging and growing market.