Accelerating Growth Through Strategic Partnership

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Funding Award
    $1M per project
  • Submission Deadline
    Executive Summary: April 25, 2022 / Final Proposal: June 27, 2022 / Decisions: September 2022
  • Program Duration
  • Industry Focus
    Supporting Enforcement, Technologies, Systems Aerial Unmanned
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

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 perimeter protection, wearable technology, situational awareness and more. This year’s call for proposals includes the following areas for U.S. and Israeli collaboration:

  • Law enforcement supporting technologies to combat Cyber Crime
  • Technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities (“soft targets”)
  • Technologies focused on Safe and Secure Cities
  • Border protection, including Maritime Security (Biometrics, Screening Systems, Robotics, etc.)
  • Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)
  • Advanced first responder technologies (such as: Command & Control, Video Analytics, Communication, Wearable Sensors, Standoff Detection and Identification of Hazards, Personal Protective Equipment, etc.)

CICC hosts US - Israel Homeland Security - BIRD HLS Webinar

The California Israel Chamber of Commerce (CICC), BIRD Foundation and the Israel Consulate to the Northwest discuss BIRD HLS 2020 Call for Proposals and discuss U.S.-Israel Homeland Security Cooperation, in general.

Future Phases

Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.