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Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) Grant

Grants to USA and Israel Companies to Collaborate on
the Development of Commercial Technology Products

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Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD)

Deadline Date:

04/20/20

Description:

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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:

  1. The two partners are an American company and an unrelated Israeli company.
  2. The companies agree to share risk, involvement in the project and rewards.
  3. The proposed project offers significant innovation, with a high commercial potential.
  4. The economic and social contributions of the project are also a consideration.
  5. The companies' joint project proposal is approved by BIRD’s Board of Governors, following experts’ review.

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.

  • 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, which should be enough to complete the R&D phase.
    • A Mini-Project is usually evaluated in an accelerated process and hence it may be decided upon more quickly than a full scale project. A Mini Project is not a feasibility study prior to a full scale project. It has to end with a marketable product.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174416

Number of Grants:

BIRD supports approximately 20 projects annually.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- 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.

Term of Contract:

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any two companies, one registered in Israel and the other in the U.S., may jointly apply for BIRD support, as long as they have the combined capability and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell and support an innovative product or service, referred to as "the Product". The two partnering companies are collectively referred to as "the Proposer". One key criterion is that each company has the demonstrated ability to carry out its part of the Product's joint development program, referred to as "the Project", as well as its part in the commercialization. Another key criterion is that the nature of the business relationship between the two companies is that of sharing; both in the Product's development program and in the revenues derived from its commercialization.

For additional information regarding "The Proposer" please see https://www.birdf.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/BIRDHandbook_0119.pdf#page=6

A limitation of BIRD's funding agreement is that sponsored projects may not be conducted in geographic areas which came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967, and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas.

- A project cannot receive both BIRD funding and an OCS grant.
- Applying to BIRD and the OCS at the same time is not recommended.

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable and Deadlines:
- Executive Summary: March 3, 2019
- Final Proposal: April 20, 2020
- Decisions: June 2020

BIRD highly recommends not waiting for the last moment and suggests uploading no later than 24 hours before the deadline.

BIRD strongly recommends to Israeli and U.S. companies that are considering applying for project funding with a respective U.S. or Israeli partner, to meet with a BIRD representative as soon as possible, to introduce their company, their innovative technology, and their potential new product. This introductory meeting, which can be held even before a specific partnering company has been recruited or identified, can assist the company to better understand BIRD's criteria for company qualification, suitable partnering relationships, innovative products and commercialization potential.

The BIRD Project Application Process and Timetable:
This 10-step process begins with the initial introduction of the potential project to BIRD staff by the "Proposers" and is completed when BIRD transfers the first "grant payment" to the Proposers. The timetable to complete this process can be as short as approximately seventeen (17) weeks.
For additional information please see https://www.birdf.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/BIRDHandbook_0119.pdf#page=12

- Deadlines: https://www.birdf.com/deadlines/
- Guidelines and Forms: https://www.birdf.com/procedures-submission-forms/
- About the Upload System: https://www.birdf.com/upload-system/
- FAQs: https://www.birdf.com/faqs/

Contact Information:

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:
https://upload.birdf.com/

For further inquiries, please contact:

In Israel:
Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent
972-3-698-8300
limor@birdf.com

In the US:

East Coast/Midwest:
Ms. Andrea Yonah
609-356-0305
andreay@birdf.com

West Coast:
Ms. Maya Vardi Shoshani
650-752-6485
mayav@birdf.com

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