In the context of civil security research, Israel and Germany have so far cooperated to protect critical infrastructures, such as energy and water supply, road and goods traffic, and to maintain a high level of security for citizens.
In civil security research, there have been three funding announcements by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) so far. Most recently, in August 2018, the BMBF, together with the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), published the funding guideline ‘German-Israeli Cooperation in the Research Fields of Civil Security and IT Security’. Funding was provided for bilateral projects that seek innovative solutions to improve the protection of the population and economy, including against threats from terrorism, cyber attacks, organised crime, natural disasters and technical failure.
The measure was based on the BMBF Research for Civil Security 2018-2023 programme and the Federal Government’s Research Framework Programme on IT Security, Self-Determined and Secure in the Digital World 2015-2020. No other joint programmes are currently in preparation.