The US-Israel initiative to provide up to $1 million in R&D funding


A joint project between the US Department of Energy and the Israel Ministry of Energy has called for energy technology developers to submit proposals to receive funding.

Bird Energy is seeking to provide grants to projects within the renewable energy and energy efficiency and natural gas spaces.

The project will fund 50% of a project’s total costs, with grants reaching up to $1 million per project.

Examples of research and development topics within the scope of this call are: solar and wind power, advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuels, smart grid, storage, water-energy nexus, advanced manufacturing or any other renewable energy/energy efficiency technology. This year the topic of natural gas technologies was also added to the scope.

Projects to be shortlisted must include R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the US and one from Israel). The proposal should have significant commercial potential and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.

Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, said: “We are pleased to announce another Call for Proposals to encourage joint U.S.-Israel projects relating to green energy and energy efficiency. The BIRD Energy program continues to expand and this year we are adding innovation in natural gas to the scope of the program.”

“We encourage companies and research institutes in Israel and the US to reach out to us to promote their collaboration ideas for technological developments in the energy sector. Since the beginning of the BIRD Energy program, close to 40 projects have been funded with a total government investment of close to $35M. Several of these projects are starting to generate commercial success and initial sales.”

The deadline for Executive Summaries is July 2, 2019, and full proposals are due by August 21, 2019. Decisions on projects selected for funding will be made in the end of October, 2019. Please refer to BIRD’s website for submission details –