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Binational Research and Development Homeland Security Program

Binational Research and Development Homeland Security Program

The U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security (BIRD HLS) program is a joint initiative funded by DHS S&T and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) and managed by the BIRD Foundation. The program provides conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects and up to 50 percent of the combined project budget for the development of advanced technologies of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel.


  • Facilitates cooperative projects between two-partner entities, one from the U.S. and one from Israel, that have the combined capability and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell, and support the development of innovative technology to address broad homeland security challenges
  • Raises awareness of capability gaps within the global innovation ecosystem
  • Helps build relationships between industry and homeland security organizations, both in Israel and the U.S.
  • Enables collaboration with Israeli partners to find innovative technology solutions for homeland security needs


  • Collaboration with MOPS and BIRD to generate security-based problem sets and capability gaps for the annual call for proposals
  • Participation in proposal evaluation, source selection, and final award determinations
  • Funding contributions towards BIRD HLS awards
  • Outreach to stimulate participation and increase innovative submissions


  • Access to and connections with companies in both the U.S. and Israel
  • Innovative technology solutions to address broad homeland security challenges
  • S&T involvement in topic selection, proposal evaluation, and access to grantees during project for integration into existing efforts, customer briefings, demos, or pilots


For more information and current funding opportunities, visit the BIRD webpage:

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