TEL AVIV, Israel, July 27, 2011 /PRNewswire/ --


The Next Call for Proposals has Been Issued by the BIRD Foundation. Relevant R&D Topics Include but not Limited to: Life Sciences, Cleantech, Communications, Electronics, Software, HLS, etc.

The BIRD Foundation announced its next funding cycle with a call for US-Israel joint project proposals focusing on innovative R&D collaborations between US and Israeli companies. To be considered, a proposal should have significant commercial potential.

The maximum conditional grant per project is up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and no more than $1 million per project.

The application process is web-based and requires prior discussion with the BIRD Foundation.  Executive Summaries are due by Thursday, September 15, 2011. Final full scale proposals are due by Thursday, October 26, 2011. Decisions will be announced by mid December, 2011. Please refer to BIRD's website for submission details -

Examples of successful BIRD-funded projects include:

ReWalk - Helping Paraplegics to Walk: With support from the BIRD Foundation, Argo Medical Technologies and Allied Orthotics & Prosthetics are working together to develop the ReWalk device that allows a paralyzed patient to "walk" again.

Mobile Travel Tool: MobiMate, a provider of mobile travel services, partnered with Conducive Technology, to develop its newest mobile travel tool, WorldMate Live which predicts travel conflicts for road warriors and automatically provides solutions, often before a traveler even knows there is a potential problem.

New Drug for Gout: KRYSTEXXA(TM) (pegloticase), a PEGylated uric acid specific enzyme indicated for the treatment of chronic gout in adult patients that are refractor