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Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security Program

Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security Program

The Israel – U.S. 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. BIRD HLS supports collaboration between U.S. and Israeli companies, academia, and other research institutions to develop advanced technologies for homeland security needs. The program provides conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, funding up to 50 percent of the joint project budget, to advance solutions with commercial potential to improve public security.

Since 2016, DHS S&T and MOPS have partnered to fund technology collaboration between U.S. and Israeli R&D projects with significant commercial potential to address the homeland security needs of both countries. This joint research effort supports technologies in the areas of: Cyber Crime, Critical Infrastructure and Public Facilities, Safe and Secure Cities, Border Protection, Unmanned Aerial Systems, and Advanced Technologies for First Responders.

2021 BIRD HLS Awards 

Israel - U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Homeland Security Program | Announcing the 2021 Award Winners | Learn More - Seals of the Israel Ministry of Public Security, the BIRD Program, and the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate - Image of U.S.A. and Israeli national flags

BIRD HLS has awarded $1.5 million for two homeland security projects selected in response to the 2021 Call for Proposals. The 2021 grantees and innovative technology solutions are:

  • Sagetech Avionics (White Salmon, Washington) and Ciconia (Ness Ziona, Israel) will develop a collision avoidance system that would allow first responders to operate aerial vehicles alongside manned aircraft.
  • CentralSquare Technologies (Lake Mary, Florida) and Carbyne (Tel Aviv, Israel) will develop a real-time multi-media emergency call (911) communications for public safety and first responders.

 

Look for the annual BIRD HLS Call for Proposals to be released in 2022 seeking collaborative projects between U.S. and Israeli companies and research institutions to jointly develop innovative solutions that will enhance safety and security around the globe. More information about the BIRD HLS program can be found on the BIRD Foundation website.

 

BIRD HLS Awards 2016-2021

The Israel-U.S. 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 projects selected from 2016 to 2021 to receive awards.

2021

  • Sagetech Avionics (White Salmon, Washington) and Ciconia (Ness Ziona, Israel) will develop a collision avoidance system that would allow first responders to operate aerial vehicles alongside manned aircraft.
  • CentralSquare Technologies (Lake Mary, Florida) and Carbyne (Tel Aviv, Israel) will develop a real-time, multi-media emergency call (911) communications for public safety and first responders.

2020

  • Liberty Defense Technologies (Peachtree Corners, Georgia) and Levitection (Haifa, Israelwill develop a detection solution based on electromagnetic imaging and artificial intelligence to detect threats and concealed items in wide-open areas.

2019 

  • 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.

2018

  • 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.

2017

  • 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.

2016

  • Opto Knowledge Systems, Inc (Torrance, California) and SayVU Technologies Ltd (Tel Aviv, Israel) work to develop an indoor positioning, locating, and reporting system.

    Contact

    For more information and current funding opportunities, visit the BIRD webpage: www.birdf.com

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