Everyone is pursuing private donors for their nanotechnology research, and Israel is very serious about it, matching private nanotech fund donations made from outside the country, as reported in EE Times:
The country’s nanotechnology program, called the Israel National Nanotechnology Initiative (INNI) provides 3-to-1 matching funds for all private donations to nanotech centers, effectively producing over $230 million in funding for Israeli nanotech centers through 2011. According to Eli Opper, the chief scientist of Israel’s ministry of industry, trade and labor, one third of the money will come from Israeli ministries, one third from donors residing outside of Israel and the rest will come from the funded universities or institutes.
Which other countries could use this technique successfully — maybe India, at some point? Taiwan and South Korea now? —Christine