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The Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation has supported US-Israel innovation partnerships for almost four decades. Since its establishment in 1977, BIRD has approved more than 900 joint US-Israel projects, leading to major innovations with a considerable impact, and generating revenues of more than $10B. In 2009, a new program called BIRD ENERGY was initiated, sponsored and funded by the U.S. Department of Energy/ Office of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (DOE/EERE) jointly with the Israel Ministry of National Infrastructure, Energy and Water Resources (MIEW). The program has been separately funded annually by each Government to foster cooperation between US and Israeli entities on renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The first round of funding was provided by the two Governments in FY 2009. Since then, 28 collaborative projects have been initiated. Some of the joint projects and innovations funded by BIRD Energy are already realizing their commercial potential.

In December 2014, the US President signed into law the US-Israel Strategic Partnership Act. This act, together with the Israel Government Decision of January 2016, extends the cooperation through BIRD ENERGY to 2024.

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