Press Coverage in 2018

BIRD – Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial R&D Foundation to Invest $6.3 Million in 7 New Projects

The approved projects involve innovations in the areas of advanced manufacturing, construction tech, food technology, healthcare IT, homeland security, electronics and others
June 28, 2018


Agricen and Taranis Awarded Grant to Advance Crop Abiotic Stress Detection and Prevention

Agricen, an industry leader in plant health technology, and Taranis, a leading precision agriculture company, have received a grant from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation to collaborate on the advancement and commercialization of a new precision agriculture system for crop abiotic stress detection and prevention.

The joint project between Agricen and Taranis will focus on the development of the world’s first comprehensive system to identify the early symptoms of abiotic stress using field imaging technology and a proprietary deep learning algorithm.
Feb. 13, 2018

Farm Dog and John Deere Launch Joint Project to Develop Variable Rate Spray Technology

Farm Dog and John Deere have launched a joint development project to develop variable rate spray technology for pest and disease management. The project is supported in part by a $900 thousand grant from the Binational Industrial Research and Development Foundation (BIRD Foundation) and delivers the next stage in the companies’ collaboration to reduce pesticide use, increase yields, and promote environmental sustainability.

Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds commended both companies on their relationship.  “I would like to congratulate Farm Dog and John Deere for being awarded the BIRD grant. This collaboration is a perfect synergy between Israeli innovation and Iowa software and manufacturing skills.  Together, these two companies will lead farm production into the future.”

Farm Dog – PRNewswire
Jan 30, 2018

SCD Acquires US-Based Quantum Imaging (QI)

SCD announced today that it completed the acquisition of the US-based imaging solutions company, Quantum Imaging (QI) [located in Colorado Springs, Colorado].

SCD is a global leader in the development and manufacturing of a wide range of cooled and uncooled infrared detectors and high power laser diodes.
Quantum Imaging is a US company specializing in design, development and production of high-performance visible SWIR (Short Wave Infrared) cameras for a range of military, industrial and scientific applications.
24 January, 2018

This acquisition was a direct result of the BIRD project “Uncooled VGA SWIR camera” approved in December 2014.

DHS S&T and Israeli Partners Call for Proposals on Advanced First Responder Technologies

WASHINGTON—Applications are now being accepted for the NextGen First Responder Technologies solicitation, an opportunity for a maximum conditional grant of up to $1 million, jointly funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS).

The NextGen First Responder Technologies program is looking for innovations in fields such as protective clothing, wearable technology and situational awareness.  The deadline for executive summaries is February 15, 2018, and final proposals are due by April 10, 2018. 

DHS S&T Press Office
January 16, 2018

$7.75m Invested in 9 New US-Israeli Corporate Projects
Latest collaborative projects approved by BIRD Foundation involve innovations in ag-tech, medical devices, homeland security and more.
In addition, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting their total value to approximately $19.3 million.

Rebecca Stadlen Amir
January 14, 2018


US-Israel Foundation To Invest Over $7M In 9 New Joint Projects

The Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation announced this week that it was investing close to $8 million in nine new joint projects between Israeli and American companies in a number of fields including wastewater treatment, satellite imagery, and cancer evaluation.

The foundation, created in 1977 to foster collaboration between Israeli and American industries, said that the projects will also have access to private capital, bringing the total amount available to roughly $19 million.

NoCamels Team
January 11, 2018

U.S. and Israeli Companies Join to Build a Better Bike

Pashak’s Detroit Bikes is working with SoftWheel Ltd. in Tel Aviv to develop a high-performance bicycle that is energy-efficient and easy to maintain. The partnership is one of five projects announced in 2017 that is getting assistance from the U.S. Department of Energy and Israel’s Ministry of Energy.
Collaboration on research projects between private companies in different countries can be a profitable — but difficult — undertaking. To help foster such arrangements, the governments of Israel and the U.S. in 1977 created the Israel-U.S. Binational Research and Development Foundation. The foundation has created 800 strategic matches between private-sector U.S. and Israeli high-tech industries — startups and established organizations alike.

Mary Jane Maxwell
Jan 5, 2018