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. Since 2016, 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.
2021 Call for Proposals
The 2021 call for proposals includes the following areas for U.S. and Israeli collaboration:
- Law enforcement-supporting technologies to combat cyber crime
- Technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities
- Technologies focused on safe and secure cities
- Border protection, including maritime security
- Unmanned aerial systems
- Advanced first responder technologies
Proposals must include research and development cooperation between a U.S. and an Israeli company or research organization to create innovative technologies that lead to commercialization.
The BIRD HLS program submission deadline for Executive Summaries is April 27, 2021, and Final Proposals are due June 15, 2021. Projects will be selected for award in August 2021. A full description of submission requirements can be found on the BIRD Foundation website.
- 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
- Provides access to and connections with companies in both the U.S. and Israel
- Supports development of innovative technology solutions to address broad homeland security challenges
- Includes S&T involvement in topic selection, proposal evaluation, and access to grantees during project for integration into existing efforts, customer briefings, demos, or pilots
- 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
BIRD HLS Awards 2016-2020
The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation awards funding to projects proposed jointly by U.S. and Israeli companies, selected by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), Israel’s Ministry of Public Security (MOPS), and approved by the BIRD Foundation’s Board of Governors to advance technologies for homeland security. The following are the BIRD HLS awards from 2016 -- 2020.
- Liberty Defense Technologies (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) and Levitection (Haifa, Israel) will develop a detection solution based on electromagnetic imaging and artificial intelligence to detect threats and concealed items in wide-open areas.
- Hivemapper (Burlingame, California) and Ception Technologies (Jerusalem, Israel) will develop a Fused Air and Ground 3D Mapping System.
- Easy Aerial (Brooklyn, New York) and Blue White Robotics (Tel Aviv, Israel) work to develop a multi-mission, multi-type HLS drone command & control capability.
- 3AM Innovations (Buffalo, New York) and S.H. Goren Management (Emek Hefer, Israel) work to complete the development of an indoor positioning wearable for First Responders.
- LiveView Technologies (Orem, Utah) and Cawamo (Hod Hasharon, Israel) work to develop a fully turn-key artificial intelligence-based analytics video security solution for remote sites.
- TLC Solutions (St. Augustine, Florida) and ELTA Systems (Ashdod, Israel), a group and subsidiary of Israel Aircraft Industries, work to develop an advanced drone-mounted search and rescue system for locating victims under ruins and in disaster areas by accurate location of their cellular phones.
- Allstate Sprinkler Corp. (Bronx, New York) and HiRiseTech (Petach Tikva, Israel) work to develop a first responders emergency radio repeater system for existing high-rise buildings.
- Mantaro Networks Inc. (Germantown, Maryland) and Beeper Communications Israel (Ramat Gan, Israel) work to develop an unmanned search and rescue system.
- M87, Inc. (Bellevue, Washington) and Elbit Systems Land and C4I Ltd. (Netanya, Israel) work to develop public safety off-network broadband communications using multi-hop WiFi/LTE/D2D communications (ProSE) technology.
- Sinclair Community College (Dayton, Ohio) and Simlat, Ltd (Petah-Tikva, Israel) work to develop an autonomous drone-based search & rescue solution.
- Opto Knowledge Systems, Inc (Torrance, California) and SayVU Technologies Ltd (Tel Aviv, Israel) work to develop an indoor positioning, locating, and reporting system.
For more information and current funding opportunities, visit the BIRD webpage: www.birdf.com