The research committee of the Office of the Chief Scientist has approved 13 new research & development projects for which the Chief Scientist will finance NIS 8.7 million from its budget, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor said Sunday. The total investment volume of the projects amount to NIS 19.7m., the ministry said. The software sector dominated the budget as seven projects were approved for an investment of NIS 4.7m. from the budget of the chief scientist and a total investment scope of NIS 11m. Two communications project received approval as did two medical equipment projects, one in electronics and one in an unnamed field.