The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) fosters the tools, technologies, and knowledge products needed to secure our nation.
S&T's research is driven by the Department’s core mission areas. Our program managers, scientists, engineers, technology specialists, and subject matter experts work directly with DHS component agencies, first responders at all levels, emergency management and public safety personnel, and operators in the field to understand their unique needs and challenges.
We are in the business of identifying and delivering innovative solutions. Some, cultivated by our Technology Centers, may be commercially-available or nearly market-ready. In other cases, we collaborate with partners from a broad network of federal, state, local, tribal and territorial governments; our national laboratories; industry innovators; academia and international agencies to pinpoint capability gaps and build technologies and publish guidance to address them.
Throughout the entire research and development (R&D) lifecycle, we strive to connect partners with end-users across the nation to ensure our products can be transitioned to the commercial market for operational use.
Our Research Areas
DHS S&T is tackling unmanned aerial systems challenges by researching ways to protect against threats and ways to make them more usable for the Homeland Security Enterprise
DHS S&T works closely with border and immigration officials to understand how technology can help support their missions and overcome challenges.
We partner with a host of academic, national laboratory and research organizations across the nation to address specific homeland security topics and threats.
DHS S&T partners with authorities across the nation to address chemical and biological threat prevention needs through technological innovation and future-focused research.
We coordinate with public and private sector partners to help strengthen the security and resilience of the nation’s critical infrastructure through technical innovation.
DHS S&T supports the full spectrum of cybersecurity research and development.
Being at the forefront of explosive detection and mitigation research and development helps us create new approaches to help protect American citizens and infrastructure.
In close partnership with first responders at all levels, S&T identifies, validates, and facilitates the fulfillment of needs through the use of existing and emerging technologies, knowledge products, and standards.
DHS S&T assists operators by helping them define and understand their requirements and the technology's performance capabilities.