On a daily basis, the dedicated men and women at the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) strive to determine and find solutions to current challenges and capability gaps faced by DHS components and the first responder community. As part of our mission to help strengthen America’s security and resiliency, we look for, develop, and implement innovative technology solutions. We strive to find those solutions, not only within government, but also from among the innovators in academia and industry.
This week, as part of DHS’ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, S&T announced topics and are soliciting solutions for some of those challenges and capability gaps. The SBIR program allows us to work with innovative small businesses across the nation. Not only does the program help stimulate innovative research and development, it also stimulates our economy. The SBIR program is dedicated to providing economic opportunities to U.S. small businesses in hopes that the technologies solutions they provide will eventually be fully developed into a product or service.
Once all proposals have been submitted in Phase I, we’ll select multiple awardees in each topic area and award them $100,000 to prove concept feasibility over a six-month period. In Phase II, we’ll select one approach per topic area that we think best fits our needs and award them $750,000 to fully develop their technology solution over a two-year period. At that point, the technology should be ready to transition to a DHS component or homeland security enterprise stakeholder, and/or into the commercial marketplace.
The SBIR program allows S&T to provide input throughout development, and at the end of the process, everyone wins. Eligible U.S. small businesses benefit economically, S&T benefits because we can further our own programs and goals, and our nation is stronger and more resilient.
All eligible U.S. small businesses are encouraged to visit the SBIR website, review the current Solicitation and submit proposals in response to topics included in the Solicitation.