DHS agrees new cybersecurity R&D partnership with Israel

The initiative will provide $1.5M grants to startups working on infrastructure cyber resilience.
Washington, D.C. (August 10, 2021) Homeland Security Deputy Secretary John Tien swears in Robert Silvers as the new DHS Under Secretary for the Office of Strategy, Policy, and Plans at DHS Headquarters in Washington, D.C.

The Department of Homeland Security announced a new joint initiative with Israel on Thursday, as part of which grants will be distributed to private sector companies for research and development.

Homeland Security will partner with the Israel National Cyber Directorate (INCD) to create the Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Cyber program that will focus on improving the cyber resilience of critical infrastructure.

BIRD Cyber will provide grants of $1.5 million per project to companies and research institutions in both nations.

“The new BIRD program advances the U.S.-Israeli partnership through cyber innovation and collaboration to build more secure and resilient infrastructure,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, senior official within DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate. 


“We welcome the opportunity to cooperate with INCD and build on our work with the BIRD Foundation to develop innovative technologies that reduce risk to our cyber and physical infrastructure and that lead to enhanced safety for both our nations,” Mitchell said in a press release.

The $1.5 million BIRD Cyber Call for Proposals are looking to fund projects that include participants from both countries. Recipients of the funding will include companies, universities and research institutions.

The scheme is focused on piloting new technology that may help to improve security architecture, real-time risk assessment and data analytics.

The deadline for submitting proposals to this new Call for Proposals is November 15, 2022 with the winning projects being selected in March 2023.

The U.S.-Israel partnership is aimed at promoting the development of technologies of mutual benefit for both countries, building upon the BIRD Homeland Security program established in 2016 by DHS and the Israel Ministry of Public Security.

Nihal Krishan

Written by Nihal Krishan

Nihal Krishan is a technology reporter for FedScoop. He came to the publication from The Washington Examiner where he was a Big Tech Reporter, and previously covered the tech industry at Mother Jones and Global Competition Review. In addition to tech policy, he has also covered national politics with a focus on the economy and campaign finance. His work has been published in the Boston Globe, USA TODAY, HuffPost, and the Arizona Republic, and he has appeared on NPR, SiriusXM, and PBS Arizona. Krishan is a graduate of Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School for Journalism. You can reach him at

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