What is BIRD HLS?

The BIRD Homeland Security (HLS) program is a joint initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Israel Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) to develop advanced technologies for the homeland security mission.


The BIRD HLS program seeks solutions in first responder technology areas such as protective clothing, wearable technology and situational awareness and more. In addition to advancing first responder technologies, this year’s call for proposals includes the following areas for U.S. and Israeli collaboration:

•  Advanced first responder technologies (see:
  Border protection, including maritime security
  Law enforcement-supporting technologies to combat cyber crime
  Technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities
•  Safe and secure cities
•  Unmanned aerial systems


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 project should lead to commercialization.
  The maximum conditional grant is $1M per project, and no more than 50% of the joint R&D budget.

BIRD HLS Call for Proposals information can be found under:


For further inquiries please contact:
Mr. Tal Kelem, Director of Business Development, BIRD Foundation,, Tel: 972-3-6988300