U.S.-Israeli Partnership Provides $6M in Funding for 6 Projects
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During its June 28 meeting, the board of governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation approved $6 million in funding for six new projects between U.S. and Israeli companies. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to $13 million.

The BIRD Foundation promotes collaborations between U.S. and Israeli companies in various technological sectors for joint product development. In addition to providing conditional grants of up to $1 million (up to $1.5m for exceptional projects), the foundation assists by working with companies to identify potential strategic partners and facilitate introductions.

Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority. The six projects approved by the board of governors are in addition to the 1,000 projects which the BIRD Foundation has approved for funding during its 44-year history. To date, BIRD's total investment in joint projects is more than $370 million, helping to generate direct and indirect sales of more than $10 billion.

The projects approved include:
• Cyberint Technologies of Petach Tikva, Israel, and Secure Systems Innovation of Arlington, Virginia to develop an operational cyber threat intelligence capability to inform cyber risk financial decisioning.
• GrayMatters Health of Haifa, Israel, and McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts, to develop personalized self neuro-modulation therapy for major depression disorder using clinical biomarkers.
• Over-Sat of Netanya, Israel, and MIL-SAT of Surry, Virginia, to develop a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite end-user mobile terminal capable of tracking multiple satellites.
• Sensifree of Kfar-Saba, Israel, and the Cleveland Clinic of Cleveland, Ohio, to develop next-generation non-Invasive, continuous blood pressure monitor for hospital use.
• Skillreal of Ramat Gan, Israel, and Siemens of Plano, Texas, to develop an enhanced high-accuracy augmented reality (AR) system supporting workers on installation and assembly lines with automatic validation to increase productivity and reduce assembly errors.
• YonaLink of Jerusalem, Israel, and Trialjectory of Closter, New Jersey, to develop a platform to enroll diverse patients from diverse sites in clinical trials by automating the clinical trial value chain, from patient selection to data management.

"The partnership with the U.S. is highly significant for Israel, and the business partnerships between companies from both countries may be considered as 'a whole greater than the sum of its parts,’” said Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, chief scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority, and co-chair of BIRD's board of governors. “The BIRD Foundation's Board of Governors has selected six wonderful joint projects in the fields of cyber, healthcare, satellites and automation that will benefit from the collaborations. We wish them success and invite more companies to contact the BIRD Foundation in order to leverage its services."

The deadline for submission of executive summaries for the next BIRD cycle is September 2. Approval of projects will take place during December 2021.

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