Grant Funding Available for US-Israeli R&D Collaboration

The BIRD (US-Israeli Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation is currently seeking project proposals from joint US-Israeli R&D initiatives for up to $1 million in BIRD funding.  The BIRD Foundation was established by the US and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between US and Israeli companies, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking support between US and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development costs, up to $1 million per project.

To be considered, a project proposal should include:

  • Research and development (R&D) cooperation between two unrelated companies, one registered in the US and the other in Israel. The companies should jointly apply for BIRD support.
  • R&D topics that include but are not limited to: Advanced manufacturing, Agrotechnology, Cleantech and Environment, Communications, Construction Tech, Electronics, FinTech, Gas, Homeland Security, Cyber Security, Life Sciences, Software, etc.
  • A jointly developed technology or product(s) that shows considerable innovation.
  • A proposed project that demonstrates significant commercial potential.

The deadline for submission of Executive Summaries is September 13, 2018, and full proposals are due by October 16, 2018.  Decisions will be announced in December 2018.  BIRD funds up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project.

In June 2018, the BIRD Foundation announced funding for seven new project, three of which involve New England companies:

  • Ion Beam Milling, based in Manchester, NH, and Diamond Valley, based in Ramat Gan, Israel, will develop heat spreaders for high power applications.
  • Hartford, CT-based Cigna Corporation will partner with Oxitone Medical of Kfar Saba, israel, to develop a digital continuous care platform.
  • HockeyTech of Needham, MA, will develop a next generation multi-angle, automatic remote system for ice hockey game production in partnership with Pixellot of Pecach Tivka, Israel.

More information on the call for proposals and detailed instructions on how to apply is available BIRD Foundation website HERE.  If any New England Council members are interested in more information or have questions about BIRD, please contact Andrea Yonah, BIRD Regional Director at or (609) 356-0305.

For those who are interested in opportunities for collaboration with Israeli businesses or government, please contact Michael Benezra, Director of Political Affairs ( and Austin Sedaghatpour, Director of Economic Affairs at ( at the Consulate General of Israel to New England.


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