BIRD Energy

Funding Agency:
Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation

Created as a result of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 and designed as the energy arm of the 40-year-old BIRD Foundation, BIRD Energy has stimulated, promoted, and supported joint industrial R&D that benefits both the United States and Israel. It focuses on commercializing sustainable energy technologies that improve economic competitiveness, create jobs, and increase energy security.

Since its inception in 2009, BIRD Energy has approved 42 projects with a total investment of about $30 million, attracting more than $200 million in venture capital and other follow-on funding to commercialize clean energy technologies. Over the last seven years, four BIRD Energy projects reached the commercialization stage, including a self-powered wireless sensor for monitoring energy use in buildings, a new enzyme for the production of biodiesel, a utility-scale solar concentrated photovoltaic system employing a new active cooling module, and a new system to facilitate wind speed and power output forecasting for wind generation.


  • Executive Summary – June 29, 2023
  • Final Proposal – Sep. 10, 2023

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

BIRD Energy provides a maximum conditional grant of $1 million. Projects that qualify for BIRD Energy funding must include the following:

  • R&D cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university/research institution (one from the United States and one from Israel)
  • Innovation in any 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, etc.
  • Significant commercial potential; the project outcome should lead to commercialization.



Amount Description

The maximum conditional grant is $1.5 M per project.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
International Opportunities

External Deadline

June 29, 2023