BIRD Energy issues new call for proposals to fund US-Israeli renewables R&D

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March 31 (Renewables Now) - BIRD Energy, a programme set up by the US Department of Energy and its Israeli peer, has invited researchers in both countries to apply for funding for joint projects in the field of renewable energy, efficiency and natural gas technologies as part of its 12th annual call for proposals.

Topics within the scope of this funding cycle can cover: solar and wind power, advanced vehicle technologies and alternative fuels, natural gas and other associated technologies, smart grid, storage, water-energy nexus, advanced manufacturing or any other renewable energy or energy efficiency technology, as well as artificial intelligence (AI) for energy management.

BIRD Energy will consider eligible only project proposals that are a fruit of a research and development (R&D) cooperation between two companies or cooperation between a company and a university or a research institution -- one from the US and one from Israel, according to a press release on Monday.

Successful developers stand to receive a conditional grant per project of up to 50% of the R&D costs, or up to a maximum USD 1 million (EUR 913,800) per project. All proposed projects have to be commercially viable and their outcome should lead to commercialisation, BIRD Energy said.

Executive summaries of the proposals should be submitted on June 30, 2020 at the latest. Those approved can send their final proposals by August 13, while successful projects will be selected in November 2020.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.91)

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