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  1. Science and Technology
  2. Work with S&T
  3. DHS R&D Needs

Our Needs

S&T works with homeland security operators to understand the capabilities they need to do their jobs effectively and efficiently.

Protecting our nation can be complex—from rapidly evolving threats to longer-term efforts that require our attention. To fully understand the needs of our operational components, DHS established Integrated Product Teams (IPTs) to coordinate R&D activities across the Department and align R&D efforts to priority mission needs.

The IPTs identify and prioritize technological capability gaps across the core missions to drive DHS technology needs in these areas:

  • Securing Aviation
  • Protecting from Terrorist Attacks
  • Securing Borders
  • Securing Cyberspace
  • Preventing Terrorism
  • Managing Incidents

In addition, S&T worked alongside first responders on the fifth iteration in the Project Responder series of studies. Project Responder 5 identifies, validates and prioritizes capability needs for emergency response to critical incidents, including complex, multi-jurisdictional, large-scale, high-risk, high-probability or high-consequence incidents, or incidents that have important social or economic impacts.

Because many technology solutions exist in the commercial market, S&T developed the Industry Guide to help match industry know-how with the most pressing homeland security challenges. The S&T Industry Guide lays out DHS technology needs, describes S&T’s technical focus areas, and identifies opportunities and tools for industry to work with us. See more from the Industry Guide in the sections below. As a companion to the Industry Guide, our Innovation Programs & Tools booklet provides more detail on our tools for working with industry, including the process, eligibility, timelines, and how to apply.

These priority needs drive S&T’s R&D investments. S&T looks for the following types of solutions:

  1. Over the horizon, future innovations that will transform the way homeland security operators accomplish their missions.
  2. Near-term capabilities that will solve current operational challenges and meet the Department’s R&D needs.
  3. New applications of technologies to respond to emerging threats to the homeland.

S&T is looking for advances in these technologies:

  • Sensors, Detection Devices, & Screening Systems
  • Data Exploitation, Pattern Recognition, & Analysis
  • Communication Systems & Networks
  • Information Sharing & Display Environments
  • Cyber & IT Monitoring, Vetting, Security Assurance
  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Biometrics Collection & Utilization

Last Updated: 05/11/2023
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