The Rhode Island-Israel Collaborative (RIIC) is designated as the BIRD Foundation representative for Rhode Island. The RIIC will promote and provide information and assistance to companies in Rhode Island who are interested in learning more about collaboration and R&D funding opportunities up to $1 million.
BIRD is an acronym for Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development. The BIRD Foundation's mission is to stimulate, promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel.
BIRD activities include facilitating introductions between Israeli and American companies interested in collaborative R&D. BIRD takes no equity in the joint projects it funds all services are free of charge.
The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the U.S. and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization costs. Read more.
BIRD facilitates introductions between U.S. and Israeli companies and provides funding of up to 50 percent of project development and product commercialization costs, maximum $1 million.