Science and Technology Our Needs

Our Needs

S&T supports DHS’s core missions through research and development (R&D) to produce innovative technologies, new capabilities, and cutting-edge tools for the homeland security enterprise. 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 focus on DHS core missions as identified in the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. The IPTs identify and prioritize technological capability gaps across the core missions to drive DHS technology needs.

Do You Have a Concept or Prototype?

If you have a concept or prototype for an innovative technology that meets our needs, we want to hear from you.

Develop your Concept

S&T offers opportunities for collaboration and funding that can help take your idea to the next level. The S&T Industry Guide complements the FY16 IPT Report and describes technology focus areas and ways to work with us. These include prize competitions for fast-moving innovative solutions, small business innovation research geared to small business, Long Range Broad Agency Announcements that are long-standing open invitations for technology and our work in emerging technology through our accelerator engagement and the Silicon Valley Innovation Program.

Test your Prototype

The best way to know how a prototype works is to have a potential customer (e.g., a Border Patrol agent or airport screener) try it out in an operational setting and provide feedback on its performance. This information will help you build a better product for both commercial and government users. Look for current opportunities available through our Operational Experimentation program.

Please help us meet our mission!  Contact us with your idea or prototype today.

Email us:, tweet, or post on Facebook to share your ideas.

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