U.S.-Israeli Partnership Seeks Homeland Security Technology Proposals
Monday, March 08, 2021 | Comments

The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation issued a call for proposals to promote and fund U.S.-Israel joint development projects for the development of advanced technologies in homeland security.

The program was initiated and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security. The objective of the BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is to support project collaborations demonstrating innovative research and development between U.S. and Israeli companies or between a company and a university or research institute (one from the U.S. and one from Israel). Projects should also demonstrate considerable commercial potential.

Project submissions should relate to technologies being developed in cyber crime; secure critical infrastructure and public facilities; safe and secure cities; border protection, including maritime security; unmanned aerial systems (UAS); technologies for first responders, including command and control; video analytics; communications; and personal protective equipment.

"This is the sixth year of BIRD HLS,” said Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, executive director of BIRD. “We are proud of our partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Israeli Ministry of Public Security to support the development of cutting-edge technology solutions for homeland security needs."

The program funds up to 50% of the combined project budget, up to $1 million per project, and is repaid only if the project achieves revenue.

Find more information on the submission requirements here. The deadline for submission of executive summaries for the program is April 27. Projects will be approved in August 2021.

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