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The Israel Innovation Authority (formerly the OCS) Americas Operations was established in 2013 in order to initiate and develop partnerships with U.S. counterparts at the state and federal level, as well as with stakeholders in the private sector. Our activity aims to compliment the offering of the BIRD Foundation . We provide partner matching services as well as access to joint funding mechanisms dedicated to the development of business-driven partnerships of Israeli and U.S.-based companies through joint innovation projects. These programs reduce the risks taken in international R&D ventures, while creating new business opportunities.

Connecting foreign multinational corporations (MNCs) and innovative Israeli companies.
The bilateral programs for parallel support of industrial R&D constitute a platform for promotion of technological innovation among industrial…
The Innovation Visas Pilot program enables foreign entrepreneurs to stay in Israel up to 24 months, during this time they are eligible to receive…
The Israel Back to Tech Program has undergone a makeover and is today focused on bringing skilled personnel back to the Israeli high-tech industry.


Florida, Israel choose four winners for joint aerospace R&D funding
Israel Innovation Authority and Thomas Jefferson University announce the four winners of a joint program valued at a total of $1 million to develop, test and pilot innovative technologies in the health sector
Interested companies are invited to submit applications to co-develop and/or validate their healthcare related technology solutions


BIRD is an acronym for Israel-U.S. Binational Industrial Research and Development. The BIRD Foundation’s mission is to stimulate, promote and support industrial R&D of mutual benefit to the U.S. and Israel.

Local Contacts for Collaboration

Mr. Israel Shamay
Senior Director, Americas Operations
Israel Innovation Authority
Mr. Les Abelson
Manager, North America
Israel Innovation Authority
Mr. Asaf Aharon
Manager, North America
Israel Innovation Authority
Anat Katz
Counselor- Head of Trade and Economic Mission
Foreign Trade Agency
Moran Zilbershtein
Consul- Head of Trade and Economic Mission to California 
Foreign Trade Agency
Guy Cohen
Consul- Head of Trade and Economic Mission to Midwest
Foreign Trade Agency
Inon Elroy
Minister- Head of Trade and Economic Mission to North America
Foreign Trade Agency
Shay Luvshis
Consulate General of Israel
Foreign Trade Agency

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