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Grants to USA and Israel Companies, Research Institutions, and
IHEs for Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Projects

BIRD Energy Program

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

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Grants to USA and Israel companies, research institutions, and IHEs for collaborative research and development projects addressing energy efficiency and sustainability. Interested applicants must meet with staff and submit an executive summary prior to the submission of a full proposal. Funding is intended to support innovative projects that contribute to the development of a range of clean energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, and energy-water technologies.

To be considered, a 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, AI for energy management, etc. 
  • Innovation that scales up carbon-free technologies and reduces carbon emissions
  • Innovation in natural gas and other associated technologies that reduces its climate impact
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

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.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To be considered, a 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).

The Foundation extends support to companies of all sizes in the U.S. and Israel: Multinational companies, SMEs and early stage start-ups. Ownership of the companies can be private or public.

The two companies need to show their ability to bring the product to market, and therefore one partner should demonstrate proven marketing and sales ability.

The project partners should not be related companies.

Pre-Application Information:

Key Dates:
- Executive Summary: June 30, 2022
- Final Proposal: August 16, 2022
- Decisions: November 2022

An applicant must meet and consult with BIRD prior to submission of any application.

The Executive Summary is a concise document on which a “GO-NO GO” recommendation is based. Therefore, it is highly recommended to speak with a member of the BIRD staff before submitting an Executive Summary. An initial discussion may be held with staff in Israel or in the U.S.

Step 1: Introduction of Potential Project to BIRD
Step 2: Submittal of the Executive Summary of Project Proposal [Feasible timeframe: 2 weeks from the process start]
Step 3: BIRD's Review of the Executive Summary of Project Proposal [Feasible timeframe: 2.5 weeks from the process start]
Step 4: Preparation and Submittal of the Full Project Proposal [Feasible timeframe: 7 weeks from the process start]
Step 5: Meetings with Company Officials during BIRD's Company Site Visit [Feasible timeframe: Anytime between 4-10 weeks from the process start}
Step 6: Proposal Review and Grading by the IIA/NIST Reviewers [Feasible timeframe: Usually within 11-12 weeks from the process start]
Step 7: Decision on the Proposal by BIRD's Board of Governors [Feasible timeframe: Usually within 12 weeks form the process start]
Step 8: Financial Status and Funding Resources Clearances
Step 9: Bilateral Agreement [Feasible timeframe: To be signed no later than within 3 months after project approval]
Step 10: Preparation and Signing of the CPFA

A project cannot receive both BIRD funding and a grant from the IIA (Israel innovation Authority). Applying to BIRD and the IIA at the same time is not recommended.

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

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To set up a meeting/call regarding an application please contact the Foundation via the Contact Form found on

For further inquiries please contact:

In Israel:
Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent
Tel: 972-3-698-8300

In the US:

East Coast/Midwest:
Ms. Andrea Yonah
Tel: 609-356-0305

West Coast:
Ms. Maya Vardi Shoshani

Ms. Shiri Freund Koren
Tel: 512-436-1609

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