BIRD Foundation Seeks Homeland Security Technology Proposals
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 | Comments

The Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation is seeking proposals for collaborative projects to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a joint initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS).

“This is an important collaboration that enables both the U.S. and our Israeli colleagues to benefit from innovative new technologies that can address our common security needs,” said DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology William N. Bryan. “We are excited to renew this partnership for the fifth year and address the toughest challenges facing our missions today.”

This year’s call for proposals includes six areas for U.S. and Israeli collaboration:
• Technologies to support law enforcement in combatting 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

“We are pleased to announce the new BIRD HLS call for proposals that supports projects in areas related to homeland security,” said Eitan Yudilevich, BIRD Foundation executive director. “This is the fifth year of the program, established by DHS S&T and MOPS, supporting cooperation between U.S. and Israeli companies to provide innovative solutions and fulfill critical homeland security needs in both countries.”

The deadline to submit HLS program executive summaries is Aug. 13, and final proposals are due Sept. 23. Projects will be awarded in December. A full description of submission requirements can be found here.

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