German-Israeli Cooperation in Water Techology – Call for Proposals 2020

Within the framework of the German-Israeli cooperation in Water Technology Research, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Israeli Ministry of Science, Technology and Space (MOST) invite proposals for bilateral R&D projects.

New deadline!

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the deadline has been rescheduled to 27 April 2020 (was: 30 March 2020).


Water in sufficient quantity and quality is an essential basis of life. But global water needs are steadily increasing with a simultaneous rapid decline in natural water resources and water-dependent ecosystems. This applies even more in arid and semi-arid areas.

Germany and Israel, both world-renowned manufacturers of water technologies, work together to provide answers to these challenges. As part of the cooperation between the German BMBF and the Israeli MOST, research and development projects in the field of water technology are funded.

The overarching technical spectrum of the cooperation includes:

  • increase of water availability and quality
  • wastewater treatment and reuse
  • energy efficiency in the water sector
  • groundwater investigation and remediation
  • drinking water treatment and health aspects of the drinking water supply
  • integrated water resources management.

In 2019, the status conference in Dresden gave an overview of ongoing water technology cooperation activities. The conference proceedings are available for download.

There are specific topics for new funding applications to be submitted under the annual calls. In 2020, the call will focus on:

  • Water technology to reduce the CO2-Footprint of the water sector
  • Water technology to adapt to major impacts of climate change
  • Economical optimisation in the water sector

The joint project proposals of  German and Israeli partners are selected for funding by the BMBF and the MOST, taking into account external assessments. The project management agency will inform the project submitter about the outcome of the evaluation in writing. Please note that submitted documents will not be returned.