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Innovation at DHS

At DHS, we embrace innovation as a way of life. Here you will find information about the programs that keep DHS leaning forward with innovation.

Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM)

Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM) is a framework focused on embracing innovation and promoting meaningful communications. Through AIiM, we introduce strategies, practices, and technologies that strengthen the acquisition environment. The Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) is a major component of AIiM.

Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL)

The Procurement Innovation Lab (PIL) is a DHS framework aimed at experimenting with innovative acquisition techniques across the DHS enterprise.  The PIL provides a safe space to test new ideas, share lessons learned, and promote best practices. It fosters cultural changes that promote innovation and managed risk-taking through a continuous feedback cycle. The PIL is a major component of Acquisition Innovations in Motion (AIiM).

The Science and Technology Directorate’s Innovation Programs

The Homeland Security Innovation Programs (HSIP) focus on outreach to cultivate relationships with innovators and investors, and fund innovative startups to solve challenges shared by homeland security and commercial investors. The Silicon Valley Innovation Program is a major component of HSIP.

The Small Business Innovation Research Program (SBIR) increases the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and challenges industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to reality.

The Long‑Range Broad Agency Announcement is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to fund pioneering research and development projects in support of our nation’s security. Its purpose is to advance our scientific and technical knowledge and to apply such advances to the department’s operational environments.

The Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program helps technologies developed and evaluated within the department transfer to commercial applications.

The InnoPrize Program connects the department with millions of volunteers across our nation that contribute their time, expertise, and equity to help advance science and society. Through this program, DHS posts an innovation gap or intriguing problem on challenge.gov and inspired individuals find solutions to problems.

Last Published Date: June 25, 2018

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