BIRD Energy, a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy and the Israeli Ministry of Energy and Water Resources, has issued a new call for proposals for funding opportunities for the nations to cooperate on renewable energy and energy efficiency.
To be considered, a project proposal must include a research and development (R&D) cooperation between a U.S. company or university/research institution and an Israeli company or university/research institution. The proposal should have significant commercial potential, and the project outcome should lead to commercialization.
The following areas of R&D are within the scope of this call: wind energy, solar power, smart grid, alternative fuels, advanced vehicle technologies, or any other renewable energy or energy efficiency technology.
The conditional grant per project is up to 50% of the R&D costs associated with the joint project, and up to a maximum of $1 million per project.
The application process is Web-based and requires prior discussion with the BIRD Foundation. Initial concept submissions are due by May 3, and full proposals are due by June 28. Decisions on projects selected for funding will be made by Sept. 6, 2012.
More information is available here.