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Small Business Expertise Sought to Help Solve Homeland Security Challenges

Release Date: December 14, 2015

For Immediate Release
DHS Science & Technology Press Office
Contact: John Verrico, (202) 254-2385

Washington D.C. — The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced it is seeking proposals from small businesses to address technical challenges in homeland security. Beginning December 16, 2015, DHS will accept proposals for its upcoming Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program FY 16.1 joint solicitation which covers 13 technical areas from two DHS organizations, the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).

“It is vitally important that we cast a wide net to find highly innovative solutions to the Nation’s homeland security challenges,” said DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology Dr. Reginald Brothers. “We know that America’s small businesses are creative problem solvers and engines of innovation and we want to hear from them. We encourage eligible, U.S. small businesses to explore the topic areas presented in this funding opportunity and submit proposals that capture their best thinking. We are particularly interested in receiving proposals from under-represented groups, such as women-owned small businesses and socially and economically disadvantaged small businesses.”

The Pre-Solicitation notice for DHS SBIR FY 16.1, is published in FedBizOpps.gov (Solicitation Number: HSHQDC-16-R-00012) and details topics, descriptions and technical contacts for the pending full solicitation.

S&T is seeking technical solutions in 10 topic areas while DNDO is focusing on three topic areas. These are organized as follows:

S&T Topics:

  • Security Systems Video/Audio Interoperability Device
  • Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Privacy Respecting Identity Management
  • Malware Prediction for Situational Understanding and Preemptive Cyber Defense
  • Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders
  • Internet of Things Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor
  • Low-Cost, Real-Time Data Analytics for Underserved EMS Agencies
  • Real-Time Assessment of Resilience and Preparedness
  • Using Social Media to Support Timely and Targeted Emergency Response Actions
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Analytics
  • Remote Identity Proofing Alternatives to Knowledge Based Authentication/Verification

DNDO Topics:

  • Smartphone/Smart device Toolkit for Virtual and Actual Radiation Detection, Identification, and Localization
  • Plastic Composite Based Scintillators for Multi-Signature Radiation Detectors
  • Portable Linear Accelerator (linac) for Active Interrogation Systems for Radiological Gamma Isotope Source Replacement

Proposals submitted to this joint solicitation are due no later than 2:00 p.m. ET on January 20, 2016. All offerors must submit proposals through the online proposal submission system at https://oip.dhs.gov/sbir/public.

For more information about the DHS S&T SBIR Program visit the program portal: https://oip.dhs.gov/sbir/public

The DHS  SBIR Program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and challenging industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to fruition.

Last Updated: 04/03/2024
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