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U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence Calls for Funding Opportunities

On April 30, the United States and Israel announced a $16 million call for new proposals to bolster the U.S.-Israel Center of Excellence in Energy, Engineering and Water Technology. This joint energy center was first authorized by Congress in the United States-Israel Strategic Partnership Act of 2014. Managed by the BIRD Foundation, the center will enhance joint cooperation in a variety of fields including fossil fuels, energy storage, cyber security for energy infrastructure, and energy-water nexus.

“The research, development, and testing to be completed by the U.S.-Israel Energy Center consortia will contribute significantly to science and innovation in the four technical areas, and will strengthen the unparalleled partnership between the United States and Israel,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Secretary Rick Perry.

Through the U.S. Department of Energy, the Israel Ministry of Energy and the Israel Innovation Authority, the U.S. and Israeli governments will allocate $8 million respectively for the preliminary two-year launch of the Center of Excellence. The projects are planned for five years, with 50 percent cost share obliged from awardees. Therefore, the total value of the Energy Center awards could reach $80 million, subject to congressional appropriations.

"It is an honor to announce the publication of the Call for Proposals for the U.S. Israel Energy Center, expanding the highly successful R&D collaboration between the U.S. DOE and the Israeli Ministry of Energy to areas such as exploration, production and utilization of natural gas, energy storage, energy-water nexus, and cybersecurity for energy infrastructure. I am certain the Energy Center will be a source of creative partnerships,” said Dr. Yuval Steinitz, Israeli Minister of Energy.

In 1977, the U.S. and Israeli governments founded BIRD to establish a mutually beneficial relationship between U.S. and Israeli companies. "Promoting innovations in the field of energy technologies is a joint goal of the Israel Innovation Authority, and the U.S. This collaboration brings significant value for the development of the energy industry in both countries as well as the promotion of additional sectors through effective energy management,” said Dr. Ami Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry and Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority.

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