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Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD) Grant

Grants to USA and Israel Businesses to Collaborate
on the Development of Commercial Technology

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

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Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD)

Deadline Date:

10/10/19

Description:

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Grants to USA and Israel companies to collaborate on the research and development, manufacturing, and selling of innovative products with significant commercial potential. Applicants are required to contact the funding source prior to applying and submit a brief initial application in advance of the full proposal. Please note that these grants are subject to repayment upon product commercialization.

BIRD supports qualified projects and shares the risk with two partnering companies meeting the following basic criteria:

  1. The two partners are an American company and an unrelated Israeli company.
  2. The companies agree to share risk, involvement in the project and rewards.
  3. The proposed project offers significant innovation, with a high commercial potential.
  4. The economic and social contributions of the project are also a consideration.
  5. The companies' joint project proposal is approved by BIRD’s Board of Governors, following experts’ review.

Research and development topics include but are not limited to: Advanced Manufacturing, Agrotechnology, Cleantech and Environment, Communications, Construction Tech, Electronics, FinTech, Gas, Homeland Security and Cyber Security, Life Sciences, Software, etc.

Projects are BIRD's main business. As detailed below, there are two types: full-scale and mini-projects,  depending on the total cost (budget) of the proposed project.

  • A Full-Scale Project is defined as one in which the total development cost to the two companies (up to the
    point of commercial readiness) is at least $400,000.
  • The budget of a BIRD mini-project is limited to $400,000. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 174416

Estimated Size of Grant:

A Full-Scale Project is defined as one in which the total development cost to the two companies (up to the point of commercial readiness) is at least $400,000. BIRD's cost-share is up to 50% of the total cost of such projects.

The maximum conditional grant per project is up to $1 million.

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:

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. The two companies should have the combined, proven capability and infrastructure to define, develop, manufacture, sell and support the Product defined by the Project.

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, but their respective contributions do not necessarily have to be identical. However, the task assignments should be divided in such a way that neither partner's portion in the combined budget is less than 30%. Manufacturing responsibilities of the Product can be divided between the companies as they see fit, and can be performed by subcontractors in any geographical location. Marketing and sales support of the Product can be divided between the project partners. 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.

Pre-Application Information:

Timetable and Deadlines:
- Executive Summaries: September 5, 2019
- Full Proposals: October 10, 2019
- Decisions: December 2019

BIRD strongly recommends to Israeli and U.S. companies that are considering applying for project funding with a respective U.S. or Israeli partner, to meet with a BIRD representative as soon as possible, to introduce their company, their innovative technology, and their potential new product. This introductory meeting, which can be held even before a specific partnering company has been recruited or identified, can assist the company to better understand BIRD's criteria for company qualification, suitable partnering relationships, innovative products and commercialization potential.

Once a U.S. company and an Israeli company select a project that meets the general criteria they may jointly submit an "Executive Summary of Project Proposal". Joint submission of this document is essential before submitting proposals for either full-scale or mini-projects. Following a review of the Executive Summary, typically within two weeks, BIRD staff will advise the companies as to the proposal preparation and subsequent steps, inviting them to submit a formal proposal in accordance with the guidelines.

The decision to approve Mini-Project proposals is made by BIRD's Executive Director, after review of the proposal. Proposals for mini-projects are accepted throughout the year, and a definitive response to such proposals is typically given within four to eight weeks.

Deadlines:
https://www.birdf.com/deadlines/

Guidelines and Forms:
https://www.birdf.com/procedures-submission-forms/

About the Upload System:
https://www.birdf.com/upload-system/

FAQs:
https://www.birdf.com/faqs/

Contact Information:

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

Submit applications online through the Upload System:
https://upload.birdf.com/

For further inquiries, please contact:

In Israel:
Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent
972-3-698-8300
limor@birdf.com

In the US:

East Coast/Midwest:
Ms. Andrea Yonah
609-356-0305
andreay@birdf.com

West Coast:
Ms. Maya Vardi Shoshani
650-752-6485
mayav@birdf.com

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