Call for Proposals – BIRD-Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of medical devices,
communications, electronics, cyber security, healthcare IT, and water
December 31, 2012 – During its meeting on December 19, 2012, held in Tel Aviv, Israel, the Board of
Governors of the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation,
approved $9 million of funding for ten new projects between Israeli and American companies. In
addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value
of all projects to approximately $24 million.
BIRD promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various technological fields for
the purpose of joint product development. Specifically, the Foundation assists by locating strategic
partners from each country, making the necessary introductions, and providing conditional grants of up
to $1 million for approved projects.
The ten projects approved by the Board of Governors are in addition to the 853 projects which BIRD has
approved for funding over its 35 year history. To date, BIRD’s total investment in these projects has
been $295 million, helping to generate direct and indirect sales of more than $8 billion.
Approved projects include:
• B.R.F. Engineering Ltd. (Israel) and InfraScan, Inc. (Philadelphia, PA) will develop a device for
early detection of abdominal Hematoma.
• Elbit Systems Ltd. (Israel) and Trace Worldwide Cooperation (Palos Verdes Estates, CA) will
develop advanced aerial firefighting tools for U.S. helicopters.
• Foresight (Israel) and Net Optics Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) will develop solutions to ensure
business continuity for websites.
• GONET Systems (Israel) and Juniper Networks (Sunnyvale, CA) will develop an analog WiFi
• LifeOnKey (Israel) and Target Health (New York, NY) will integrate clinical trial electronic data
capture databases with electronic medical/health records systems.
• Polysack Flexible Packaging (Israel) and Applied Extrusion Technologies (Wilmington, DE) will
develop sustainable materials enabling recycling of shrink packaged food containers.
• Silentium (Israel) and Johnson Controls (Glendale, WI) will develop an ambient active noise
reduction solution for the automotive industry.
• Stream Control Ltd. (Israel) and American Water Works Company (Voorhees, NJ) will develop
an advanced water leakage control system.
• Ubiqam Ltd. (Israel) and Global Wireless Technologies (Morris Plains, NJ) will develop a mobile
relay station for LTE with mesh capabilities.
• Vayyar Imaging Ltd. (Israel) and Agilent Technologies (Santa Rosa, CA) will develop a high
performance low cost network analyzer.
Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, said: “The diversified projects
approved address the market need for innovation in every area of our daily life such as water
technologies, environmental recycling, cyber security and fire fighting. BIRD’s support of U.S.-
Israel partnerships reduces the risks of joint projects and contributes to the U.S. and Israeli
Mr. Phillip Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the National
Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and Co-chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors
said: “ The participating U.S. companies reflect the full spectrum from start-ups (InfraScan), to
small (Trace), medium (Applied Extrusion Technologies), and large established firms (Johnson
Controls). Continuing the trend we have seen over the past few years, fully half of the U.S.
companies are small-medium, benefitting from Israeli technology that will lead to increased
domestic American jobs.”
Mr. Avi Hasson, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor and Co-chairman of
the Board said: “BIRD continues to be a prime example of the importance and potential of
international R&D collaboration. The benefits for both the U.S and Israeli economies show that
it is a worthwhile effort. The technological diversification of projects that were approved in this
round reinforces the continued economic value that this program continues to bring. “
The deadline for submission of Executive Summaries for the next BIRD cycle is March 6, 2013. Approval
of projects will take place in June, 2013.
About the BIRD Foundation
The BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Foundation works to encourage cooperation
between Israeli and American companies in the various areas of technology, and provides free
assistance in locating strategic partners from both countries for developing joint products.
The BIRD Foundation supports projects without receiving any rights in the participating companies or in
the project itself. The financial assistance is repaid as royalties from sales. The Foundation provides
support of up to 50% of a project’s budget, beginning with R&D and ending with the initial stages of
sales and marketing. The Foundation shares the risk and does not demand that the investment be
repaid if the project fails to reach the sales stage.
The BIRD Foundation works in full cooperation with the Chief Scientist’s Office at the Ministry of
Industry, Trade, and Labor in Israel, and with the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of
Standards and Technology (NIST).
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