IAI Invests in the Development of Smart Agriculture Solutions

In a joint project with US company Headwall Photonics, IAI will develop a precision agriculture decision support system for large-scale areas utilizing wide area hyper-spectral imager and fixed-wing UAV


The Board of Governors of the Israel-US Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Foundation recently approved $8.2 million in funding for nine new projects between US and Israeli companies. In addition to the grants from BIRD, the projects will access private sector funding, boosting the total value of all projects to approximately $20 million.

Projects submitted to the BIRD Foundation are reviewed by evaluators appointed by the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Israel Innovation Authority.

The nine projects approved by the Board of Governors are in addition to the 982 projects which the BIRD Foundation has approved for funding during its 42-year history. To date, BIRD’s total investment in joint projects is nearly $350 million, helping to generate direct and indirect sales of more than $10 billion.

The projects approved include:

  • 3PLW (Netanya, Israel) and Corumat (Albany, CA) to develop Food Waste Derived High Performance Compostable Packaging.
  • Igentify (Haifa, Israel) and Thermo Fisher Scientific (Waltham, MA) to develop Genomic Data Interpretation & Reporting Software Platform for Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS)-based Expanded Preconception Carrier Screening Test.
  • Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) (Lod, Israel) and Headwall Photonics (Bolton, MA) to develop Precision Agriculture Decision Support System for Large Scale Areas Utilizing Wide Area Hyper-Spectral Imager and Fixed Wing Mobile UAV.
  • MyndYou (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Cosan Group LLC (Cherry Hill, NJ) to develop an Innovative Clinical Network for Optimized, In-home Care with AI-based Patient Engagement.
  • Netafim Irrigation (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Onvector LLC (Somerville, MA) to develop a Filter Based on Pulse Electric Fields for Advanced Disinfection of Irrigation Water.
  • NovelSat (Ra'anana, Israel) and iGolgi (Rocky Hill, NJ) to develop Fusion- End to End, Joint Encoding-Modulation Techniques to Improve Satellite Broadcast Efficiency for Carrying Multi-Channel Audio-Video Programs Carried over Satellite.
  • Shamaym Social Business (Tel Aviv, Israel) and Karyopharm Therapeutics (Newton, MA) to develop a Drug Development Operations and Execution Debrief Checklists Platform.
  • Snappers (Or Yehuda, Israel) and Turner Studios (Atlanta, GA) to develop The Affiliate Crowdsourced Video Platform.
  • WizeCare (formerly Video Therapy) (Or Yehuda, Israel) and The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (Cleveland, OH) to develop Tele-Rehabilitation, Monitoring and Detection Platform for Parkinson Disease Patients.

Dr. Phillip Singerman, Associate Director for Innovation and Industry Services at the US National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors said: “The US-Israel BIRD Foundation continues to invest in projects that represent not only a range of innovative technologies but also is inclusive of companies of all sizes, from both the US and Israel, which are developing solutions with potential impact to the global economy. We will continue to enhance the Foundation’s ability to support joint US-Israel innovation.”

Dr. Amiram Appelbaum, Chief Scientist at the Ministry of Economy and Industry, Chairman of the Israel Innovation Authority and co-Chairman of BIRD’s Board of Governors said: “The US is one of Israel's major partner for innovation. We are proud of our long-standing collaboration with the BIRD Foundation that has resulted in such spectacular successes over the decades and numerous groundbreaking technological innovations offered by both Israeli and US recipients of the grant. We are confident that this year's grant recipients in the various fields and the new projects approved will prove vital for the population worldwide.”

Dr. Eitan Yudilevich, Executive Director of the BIRD Foundation, said: “The diversity of companies and technologies that is reflected in the selected projects is inspiring and a demonstration of the breadth and depth of US-Israel collaboration in innovation.”

The deadline for submission of Executive Summaries for the next BIRD cycle is September 5, 2019. Approval of projects will take place in December 2019.