Press Coverage in 2020

Department of Energy Announces Eight New Projects Through BIRD Energy Partnership with Israel

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in partnership with Israel’s Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Israel Innovation Authority announced $7.15 million for eight newly selected energy projects as part of the Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Energy program. The approved research and development (R&D) projects will leverage $10.25 million in cost-share for a total project value of $17.4 million in the areas of electricity storage, eco-engineered concrete, sustainable transportation, and energy efficiency. | December 21, 2020

The Israeli early stage company, AI award winner, Senecio Ltd. develops a mobile automated mosquito factory for monitoring and control of mosquitoes.

Senecio Robotics automates the most environmentally green solution ever invented for combating mosquitos, the sterile insect technique (SIT). While SIT has been widely proven for many hardy insects like Fruit Flies, it has only been done on relatively small scale with fragile mosquitos. Senecio has focused on overcoming the largest challenges for widespread mosquito SIT adoption, which requires automation to deal with the very large numbers.

Senecio won prestige awards since inception, including the BIRD Foundation program with its counterpart Dynamic Aviation from Virginia (2015)

Senecio Robotics Mosquito automated Identification & Pooling (YouTube)

Yahoo Finance | December 15, 2020

Diagnosing Retinal Disease with Artificial Intelligence

AEYE’s software uses artificial intelligence and neural networks to compare images from a patient’s scan with a database of healthy and diseased eyes.
In July, AEYE Health announced a new partnership with UMass Health Care in Massachusetts. The partnership is backed by a BIRD Foundation grant just shy of $1 million. “The idea is to make sure this works for a large hospital setting,” Dvey-Aharon explains.

Brian Blum | Israel21c.orgOctober 15, 2020

Israeli-New Jersey R&D Collaborations Receive Cash Support from BIRD Foundation

If you have an R&D project that you’re trying to commercialize, and that could benefit from an addition of Israeli technology, there’s funding available for that.

In fact, many New Jersey tech companies have been successful in their R&D collaborations with Israeli tech companies, having secured financial support from the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation. The Tel Aviv-based BIRD Foundation, which has staff in New Jersey and California, was established in 1977 by the governments of the United States and Israel to promote mutually beneficial industrial R&D.

The TiE group had invited Kumar Ramaswamy, president and cofounder of igolgi (Barrington, Ill., and Princeton), who discussed his company’s experience as a recipient of BIRD funding.  The company had teamed up with Israel-based NovelSat to introduce FUSION, an all-in-one solution offering high levels of satellite transmission efficiency so that broadcasters can drive down operational costs. | Esther Surden | August 22, 2020 

BIRD Foundation Announces Call for Proposals for Advanced Technologies in Homeland Security

Approved projects will be awarded funding of up to $1M, up to 50% of the joint R&D budget
The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has issued a Call for Proposals to promote and fund U.S.-Israel joint development projects for the development of advanced technologies in Homeland Security. | June 15, 2020

The Israeli start-up turning harmful wastewater into renewable energy

The technology has been successfully tested at wastewater treatments sites in Karmiel and Netufa, and at a food plant in southern Israel.
AgRobics is now working to establish its first demonstration plant in California, after receiving a BIRD Foundation grant to develop an innovative anaerobic wastewater treatment for food processing plants with local firm Bennett & Bennett.

June 14, 2020