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News Release: DHS Announces FY19 Small Business Innovation Research Topics

News Release: DHS Announces FY19 Small Business Innovation Research Topics

Release Date: 
November 30, 2018

For Immediate Release
Contact: DHS S&T Press Office, (202) 254-2385

Washington D.C. – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted topics for the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.1 Pre-Solicitation. The Pre-Solicitation contains 10 topic descriptions, eight from the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and two from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.

“The SBIR program provides an opportunity for innovative small businesses to find solutions that meet the technology needs of the Department’s operational components and the nation’s first responders,” said William N. Bryan, Senior Official Performing the Duties of the DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “As the research and development arm for the Department, S&T encourages all eligible U.S. small businesses to learn more about the planned topic areas for the upcoming SBIR solicitation as a first step toward addressing homeland security technology needs.”

During the pre-solicitation period, which ends at 5 p.m. ET on December 18, potential offerors have the opportunity to ask technical questions regarding the topic areas. Technical questions should be directed to the Technical Point of Contact for each topic, listed in the 19.1 SBIR Topic Areas document. The pre-solicitation can be viewed at: https://www.fbo.gov/spg/DHS/OCPO/DHS-OCPO/DHS-FY19-SBIR-PreSolicitation/listing.html.

The planned S&T topics are:

  • H-SB019.1-001 – Reach-Back Capability for Fielded Rapid DNA Systems
  • H-SB019.1-002 – ICAM On-the-Fly
  • H-SB019.1-003 – On Body Power Module for First Responders
  • H-SB019.1-004 – Modeling-based Design of Sensors for Chemical Detection in Complex Environment
  • H-SB019.1-005 – Synthetic Training Data for Explosive Detection Machine Learning Algorithms
  • H-SB019.1-006 – Cybersecurity Peer-to-Peer Knowledge/Lessons Learned Tool
  • H-SB019.1-007 – Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Forensic Analytics
  • H-SB019.1-008 – Network Modeling for Risk Assessment

The planned CWMD topics are:

  • H-SB019.1-009 – Detector Integration with Current and Emerging Networked Systems
  • H-SB019.1-010 – Unmanned Aerial System Autonomous Search of Limited Area for Radiological Threats

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program aimed at increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives and to increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions. 

For more information about the DHS S&T SBIR Program, visit the program portal at https://sbir2.st.dhs.gov

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