• The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security are searching for companies or academic institutions in each country to work together on first responder systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles, border protection and systems to fight cyber crime. Credit: charles taylor/Shutterstock
     The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security are searching for companies or academic institutions in each country to work together on first responder systems, including unmanned aerial vehicles, border protection and systems to fight cyber crime. Credit: charles taylor/Shutterstock

DHS and Israel Seek Homeland Security Proposals

March 11, 2018


The two countries need advanced technology partners.


The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and Israel’s Ministry of Public Security (MOPS) are seeking proposals to support collaborative research and development between U.S. and Israeli companies, or between a company and a university or research institute—one from the United States and one from Israel. 

According to an online S&T announcement, the two countries have partnered since 2016 on the Israel – U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation’s Homeland Security Program. The program seeks solutions in first responder technology areas such as protective clothing, wearable technology and situational awareness. The newest call for proposals includes six topics:

  • Advanced first responder technologies
  • Border protection, including maritime security
  • Law enforcement-supporting technologies to combat cyber crime
  • Technologies and methods to secure critical infrastructure and public facilities
  • Safe and secure cities
  • Unmanned aerial systems

Since 2009, S&T and MOPS have promoted cooperative research and development, test and evaluation activities and shared information about science and technology advancements. “To date, we have partnered on 17 projects totaling more than $25 million. Looking forward, we plan to create new opportunities to strengthen each country’s resilience,” the announcement states. 

For a full description of the call for proposals and timeline, visit the BIRD Foundation website.

DHS S&T currently has 13 international partnerships actively working to keep all nations’ critical infrastructure and economic interests secure.

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