R&D foundation to grant $9 million for innovations in medical devices, communications, electronics, cyber security, healthcare IT, and water technologies
By Shlomi Amir /
The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation, which promotes collaboration between Israeli and American companies in various technological fields for the purpose of joint product development, will grant $9 million to fund 10 new projects between Israeli and American companies.
In addition to the BIRD grants, the projects will access private-sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $24 million. Bird’s board of directors approved the funding at its December 19 meeting in Tel Aviv.
The approved projects include B.R.F. Engineering Ltd. and InfraScan Inc., which will develop a device for early detection of abdominal hematoma; Elbit Systems Ltd.and TraceWorldwide Cooperation, which will develop advanced aerial firefighting tools for U.S. helicopters; Foresight and Net Optics Inc., whichwill develop solutions to ensure business continuity for websites; GONET Systems and Juniper Networks, which will develop an analog WiFi beamformer; and LifeOnKey and Target Health, which will integrate clinical trial electronic data capture databases with electronic medical/health records systems.
The other participating projects are Polysack Flexible Packaging and Applied Extrusion Technologies, which will develop sustainable materials enabling recycling of shrink packaged food containers; Silentium and Johnson Controls, which will develop an ambient active noise reduction solution for the automotive industry; Stream Control Ltd. and American Water Works Co., which will develop an advanced water leakage control system. Ubiqam Ltd.and Global Wireless Technologies, which will develop a mobile relay station for LTE with mesh capabilities; and Vayyar Imaging Ltd. and Agilent Technologies, which will develop a high performance, low-cost network analyzer.
The 10 projects are in addition to the 853 projects approved for funding by BIRD over the foundation’s 35 year history, in which $295 million has been invested to date.