Call for Proposals for First Responder Technologies R&D Closes April 3
Monday, March 11, 2019 | Comments

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Homeland Security (HLS) program released a call for proposals for advanced first responder technologies and five other topics. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) oversee BIRD.

The other topics are border protection, including maritime security; law enforcement-supporting technologies to combat cyber crime; technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities; safe and secure cities; and unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Since 2009, S&T and MOPS have promoted cooperative research and development (R&D), test and evaluation activities, and shared information about science and technology advancements. The partnership has addressed homeland security challenges in the areas of first responder technologies, border and maritime security and cybersecurity. To date, the governments have partnered on 17 projects totaling more than $25 million.

In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects, the foundation works with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions. The deadline for submitting executive summaries is April 3. More information is here.

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