The State of Israel considers the research and development of technologies that reduce the global use of oil in transportation an international concern and a top national priority.
Thus, in 2011, the government of Israel, headed by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, initiated the National Program to Reduce the Global Dependence on Oil
, with an aim of encouraging global innovation and scientific breakthroughs in the field of alternative transportation fuels.
In order to promote the goals of this initiative, the Prime Minister’s Office, together with the Ministry of Science and Technology and Keren Hayesod-UIA, will grant an annual award: "The Eric and Sheila Samson Prime Minister's Prize for Innovation in Alternative Fuels for Transportation". The prize will be awarded for global innovation or a scientific or technological breakthrough in the field of alternative fuels in transportation.
Nominees for the prize will be actively engaged in innovative, paradigm-shifting research that is worthy of significant and widespread attention. The recipient(s) can be citizens of any country, religion or race.
The prize of US $ one million will be awarded by the Prime Minister of the State of Israel during the Israel Alternative Fuels Summit, to be held in November 2013.
Eric and Sheila Samson, permanent residents of Israel, are top international Jewish business leaders and philanthropists. They are highly devoted and committed to the State of Israel and the mission of Keren Hayesod, and their major charitable undertakings enable the advancement of important national and international initiatives.
Questions about the nomination process for the prize may be directed to Shir Peri at email@example.com
or by telephone: 972-2-5411805.