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Grants to USA and Israel Companies for Joint
Energy Sustainability Research and Development

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Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation, and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and Israel Innovation Authority

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Grants to USA and Israel companies for collaborative research and development projects involving energy efficiency and alternative energy resources. Applicants must submit an executive summary prior to the submission of a full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative projects in all areas of energy technology, such as wind and solar power, alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technology, and water-energy nexus.

BIRD Energy supports cooperation between the U.S. and Israel to develop innovation in a range of clean energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, and energy-water technologies. To be considered, a BIRD Energy project proposal should include:

  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the U.S. and one from Israel).
  • Innovation in all areas of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, such as Solar and Wind Power, Advanced Vehicle Technologies and Alternative Fuels, Smart Grid, Storage, Water-Energy Nexus, Advanced Manufacturing, etc..
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

The jointly developed product must have significant technological innovation. One or both companies should possess intellectual property rights to the technology being developed and to the finished product. The Product should target an attractive and growing market that is not necessarily geographic specific, but is familiar to and serviced by at least one of the two partnering companies. 

BIRD will consider products employing any area of technology and targeted for any market segment or application, but encourages and preferentially supports projects employing breakthrough or state-of-the-art technologies which are receiving global attention and address market segments where Israel has a relative technology or business long-term advantage. The only exception to the above is BIRD's restriction to support products targeted for military applications.

The Project is defined as the scope and duration of the development program undertaken jointly by both companies, at the end of which the Product should be market-ready. All activities required for subsequent commercial manufacturing, specification, and market introduction, should be detailed in the Project, including beta-site testing, regulatory approvals, and test marketing. Manufacturing may be conducted by either or both partners or by subcontractors. Institutions or non- manufacturing companies may act as subcontractors in the R&D or testing phases of the project.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 170929

Estimated Size of Grant:

The maximum conditional grant is $1M per project, and no more than 50% of the joint R&D budget.

The budget of a BIRD mini-project is limited to $400,000. Grants are a maximum of $200,000, or 50% of actual project costs, whichever is less.

Term of Contract:

Project effective date (start date) may be as early as the 1st day of the month in which the final Project proposal is submitted jointly by the companies, and Project duration may be as long as 3-4 years, if deemed necessary for reaching commercial readiness.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Any two companies, one registered in Israel and the other in the U.S., may jointly apply for BIRD support, as long as they have the combined capability and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell and support an innovative product or service. The U.S. company and the Israeli company are collectively referred to as the Proposer. Both companies should have the majority of the necessary R&D resources required for the Project in their respective countries.

Typically (but not necessarily), the Project partners include one larger company and one smaller company. Both partners should contribute and share their technological expertise and intellectual property in execution of the joint development program. Preferably, at least one partner (usually the larger company) should have extensive market presence, as well as a proven track record in marketing and infrastructure, to successfully realize, upon product commercialization, the bulk of the sales projections indicated in the proposal. A typical profile of the larger company is one that develops, manufactures, sells and supports technology-based products and is willing to enter into strategic partnerships with companies having complementary skills and resources.

Among younger companies, BIRD seeks medium-sized, small, or start-up companies with leading-edge technological capabilities, good management, and strategic direction combined with the willingness and flexibility to develop products for a potentially large market that match the business strategy of a large, established company.

Projects may not be conducted in geographic areas that came under the administration of the Government of Israel after June 5, 1967, and may not relate to subjects primarily pertinent to such areas.

Pre-proposal Conference:

A BIRD Energy Webinar will take place on April 27, 2020.

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Pre-Application Information:

- Executive Summaries: June 30, 2020
- Full Proposals: August 13, 2020
- Decisions: November 2020

The companies will jointly prepare a full project proposal. A draft of the proposal may be reviewed by BIRD’s assigned PBC. The draft proposal must be submitted using BIRD’s Upload System. After incorporating all changes and enhancements recommended by the PBC, the companies must upload the final proposal to BIRD’s Upload System by the deadline date. A hard (unbound) copy must be sent to BIRD’s headquarters in Israel.

It is highly recommended not to upload documents to the system prior to a personal contact or meeting with BIRD Energy staff in Israel or with their colleagues in the U.S. Such contact will enable a preliminary discussion of the project, the proposed partnership and the various options available to prospective participants.

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

To access BIRD's Upload System:

For further inquiries please contact:

1. In Israel:

Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent, Deputy Executive Director of Business Development & BIRD Energy

2. In the US:

East Coast/Midwest:
Ms. Andrea Yonah

West Coast:
Ms. Maya Vardi Shoshani

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming


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