Foundation / Corporation
Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD)
Grants to USA and Israel companies for collaborative commercial technology projects. Applicants are required to submit an executive summary prior to submitting the full proposal. Funding is intended to support the collaborative development of non-defense innovative projects and processes in areas such as electronics, communications, electro-optics, and renewable energy, through to the point of commercial readiness.
BIRD provides both matchmaking support between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development costs.
BIRD supports qualified projects and shares the risk with two partnering companies meeting the following basic criteria:
BIRD’s scope extends to Agriculture, Communications, Construction Technologies, Electronics, Electro-optics, Life Sciences, Software, Homeland Security, Renewable and Alternative Energy and other technology sectors.
Homeland Security (HLS) activities like border defense, air traffic security, and first responder activities are eligible for BIRD funding.
BIRD cost-shares with the Proposer in the development, to the point of commercial readiness, of innovative (non-defense) technology-based products or processes which have reasonable potential for generating revenues and profits commensurate with the investment and the risks.
Projects are BIRD's main business. As detailed below, there are two types: full-scale and mini-projects,
depending on the total cost (budget) of the proposed project.
GrantWatch ID#: 174416
BIRD supports approximately 20 projects annually.
- BIRD provides conditional grants of up to $1 million via direct cost sharing of up to 50 percent of project costs.
- A Full-Scale Project is defined as one in which the total development cost to the two companies (up to the point of commercial readiness) is at least $400,000. BIRD's cost-share is up to 50% of the total cost of such projects.
- The budget of a BIRD mini-project is limited to $400,000. Grants are a maximum of $200,000, or 50% of actual project costs, whichever is less.
Project effective date (start date) may be as early as the 1st day of the month in which the final Project proposal is submitted jointly by the companies, and Project duration may be as long as 3-4 years, if deemed necessary for reaching commercial readiness.
Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.
Submit applications online through the Upload System:
For further inquiries, please contact:
Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent
In the US:
Ms. Andrea Yonah
Ms. Maya Vardi Shoshani
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