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New Business Opportunity: 2019 BIRD Call for Proposals

Science and Technology


—   New Business Opportunity —


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has established a cooperative activity with the Israel Ministry of Public Safety (MOPS) to foster and support U.S. and Israel joint development of advanced technologies for the homeland security mission.


Managed by the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, the 2019 Call for Proposals is seeking solutions across six innovation areas. 



Law Enforcement Supporting Technologies to Combat Cyber Crime

Technologies and Methods to Secure Critical Infrastructure and Public Facilities

Safe and Secure Cities

Border Protection

Unmanned Aerial Systems

Advanced First Responder Technologies



The objective of this 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. Organizations interested in partnering with an Israeli counterpart to help provide a solution to DHS should apply. For information on application instructions and guidance on the matching process, refer to BIRD’s website.



The maximum conditional grant is $1 million per project, and no more than 50% of the joint R&D budget. Plus, the project must demonstrate considerable commercial potential.



Executive Summaries: April 3, 2019

Final Proposal Submissions: May 13, 2019

Final Decisions: July 2019

For additional details on this opportunity, refer to the attached BIRD Call for Proposals document or visit the BIRD HLS website. 


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