Commercialization Office Resources
The following documents provide background information on the Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Commercialization Office and our many efforts, including the SECURE and FutureTECH Programs. These files provide insight into the development of detailed operational requirements documents (ORDs) and how we are working to leverage our relationship with the private sector to benefit the nation:
- Opportunities for the Private Sector (PDF, 49 pages - 2.36 MB) is a well-received PowerPoint presentation that outlines how to do business with the Department.
- SECURE Program Overview (PDF, 6 pages - 104.38 KB) explains the concept of operations for the public-private partnership of the SECURE program and the application form.
- Developing Operational Requirements (PDF, 353 pages - 14.7 MB) is a book written to assist in the communication of needs. The development of detailed operational requirements ensures that efficacious products, systems or services are developed to address specific, well-articulated needs.
- Operational Requirements Document (ORD) (PDF, 6 pages - 29 KB) template is the "cornerstone" for communicating detailed needs through detailed requirements.
- High Priority Technology Needs (PDF, 20 pages - 10.3 MB) booklet identifies all current Department S&T capability gaps gathered from the Department.
- Product Realization Chart (PDF, 2 pages - 195KB) is a useful guide to relate concepts and correlate terminology used by both the public and private sector to delineate how science, technology development and product development are related to basic research, innovation and transition using a Technology Readiness Level (TRL) "backbone".
- Harnessing the Valuable Experience and Resources of the Private Sector for the Public Good Version 2 (PDF, 681 pages - 15.5 MB) is a compilation of resources produced by the Private Sector Office and Commercialization Office into a simple single source document. This resource contains numerous briefs, articles, requirements development books and other useful documents.
- Critical Infrastructure & Key Resources Requirements Development (PDF, 423 pages - 14 MB) is a resource for CIKR owners and operators to learn about the requirements process and the roles of the Department's various components partnering to deliver solutions to their needs.
- Innovative Public-Private Partnerships (PDF, 44 pages - 999 KB) outlines the role that public-private partnerships have played in the history of the United States and their importance to the future of technological advancements in areas such as homeland security.
- Program Prioritization Index (PPI) (PDF, 7 pages- 765 KB) is a value-based figure of merit that can be used to support the relative prioritization of programs or projects under consideration by DHS S&T.
- Research & Development Partnerships Group Book (PDF, 70 pages - 2.9 MB) provides a detailed overview of the newly formed Research & Development Partnerships Group at the S&T Directorate.
- Research & Development Partnerships Group Workshop Guide (PDF, 316 pages – 23.24 MB) is a collection of briefs, articles and other materials to inform the public on the new S&T realignment and various engagement opportunities across the Directorate and the Department.
Private Sector Outreach
Our outreach efforts to inform the public on "How to do Business with DHS" is receiving positive feedback from both the private sector and media. Our goal is to notify the private sector about opportunities that exist for partnership and business development opportunities to address the needs of DHS and our stakeholders. Below are several articles that we have written explaining the many ways that you can get involved with DHS.
- Leveraging Public-Private Partnership Models and the Free Market System to Increase the Speed-of-Execution of High-Impact Solutions throughout State and Local Governments (PDF, 39 pages - 927 KB) describes how state and local governments can use commercialization processes to establish their own public-private partnerships.
- The Center of Innovation: Creating an "Innovation Ecosystem" Driven by Public-Private Partnerships for the Benefit of the Homeland Security Enterprise (PDF, 5 pages - 485 KB) describes a unique partnership between the DHS S&T, the U.S. Air Force Academy and several private sector partners to perform research and technology demonstration exercises.
- Increased Opportunities for Standards Under the SAFETY Act (PDF, 5 pages -721 KB) reports on a policy review to consider providing SAFETY Act coverage to standards in addition to existing DHS National Standards.
- SAFETY Act: Adding Value through Strategic Deployment (PDF, 7 pages - 862 KB) presents information on a new valuation model designed to calculate the benefits in providing SAFETY Act protections to Qualified Anti-Terrorism Technologies (QATTs) that would otherwise not been deployed in defense of our people and assets.
- DHS S&T's Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (PDF, 6 pages - 790 KB) presents technology developers and innovators with a unique funding vehicle geared to advance the development of break-through technologies along with information on how to submit proposals for continued development.
- DHS Small Business Innovation Research Program: Engaging Small Businesses to Meet DHS Needs and Achieving Results (PDF, 7 pages – 411 KB) describes the SBIR program including historical statistics and information on how DHS has leveraged the program to work with small businesses to develop innovative technologies.
- Focus on Small Business: Opportunities Abound for "Engines of Innovation" (PDF, 6 pages - 443.34 KB) describes the many opportunities that exist for small and disadvantaged businesses to work with the Department to develop technologies, products and services to provide security for America.
- Making it Easier to Work with DHS (PDF, 11 pages - 813.44 KB) This article describes the critical role of detailed operational requirements in the effective communication and understanding of Department needs.
- Commercialization: The First Responders' Best Friend (PDF, 9 pages - 837 KB) This article describes the potential benefits that commercialization may bring in addressing the needs and requirements of the first responder community.
- Bridging the Communications Gap (PDF, 12 pages - 800.73 KB) This article introduces efforts undertaken by the Department to facilitate communication between the public and private sectors through the use of our newly developed Product Realization Chart.
- DHS Global Outreach Efforts: Looking for the Best Security Technologies and Products (PDF, 4 pages - 174 KB) This article describes the Department's interest in leveraging international partnerships to find the best technologies and products from around the globe for Homeland Security applications.
- DHS Implements Commercialization Process (PDF, 8 pages - 763KB) This article describes the Department's newly developed and recently implemented commercialization process that offers long-awaited benefits for the rapid execution of cost-effective and efficient development of products and services to protect our nation and its resources.
- DHS: Leading the Way to Help the Private Sector Help Itself (PDF, 10 pages - 853 KB) This article focuses on the key role that commercialization plays in understanding the needs and requirements of the various critical infrastructure/key resources owners and operators across the country.
- Innovative New Partnership Program creates “Wins” for Taxpayers and the Private & Public Sectors (PDF, 6 pages - 852KB) This article describes how the SECURE program provides the speed-of-execution, cost-effectiveness and efficiency necessary to develop products and services for Homeland Security.
- Conservative Estimates of Potential Available Market(s) (PDF, 6 pages - 919 KB) This article explains how the SECURE Program provides a conservative estimate of the potential available market (PAM) for a given product, technology or service.
For additional information about upcoming technology-based events hosted by the Department and S&T, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/science-technology-events.
SECURE Program Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Commercialization and the SECURE Program (PDF, 4 pages - 25KB)