BIRD Energy

What is BIRD Energy?


November 2022


“BIRD Energy” is the implementation of a cooperation agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy, the Israel Ministry of Energy jointly with the Israel Innovation Authority, and the BIRD Foundation. This cooperation is based on the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, which includes cooperation between the U.S. and Israel on renewable energy and energy efficiency industrial research and development. The U.S.-Israel energy cooperation was enhanced and extended by the Strategic Partnership Act of 2014. The Israeli Government approved the cooperation program in 2008 and extended the cooperation in a Government decision of February 2016.

At the U.S. Department of Energy, the BIRD Energy program is managed and funded by the Office of International Affairs (since FY’18).

This program develops innovation through U.S.- Israel cooperation on a range of clean energy technologies, including renewable energy, energy efficiency, natural gas, and energy–water technologies.

BIRD Energy adheres to the same rules and procedures as BIRD.

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 in natural gas and other associated technologies
Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization

The maximum conditional grant is $1.5M per project, and no more than 50% of the joint R&D budget.

For further inquiries please contact:
Ms. Limor Nakar-Vincent
Deputy Executive Director of Business Development & BIRD Energy, Tel: 972-3-6988315


February 2022