The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, created in 1982 through the Small Business Innovation Development Act and reauthorized in 2011, is one of the largest public–private partnerships in the United States. The SBIR program encourages U.S. small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide quality research and to develop new processes, products and technologies in support of the missions of the U.S. government. Administered by DHS S&T, the DHS SBIR Program supports a full spectrum of SBIR initiatives serving all components.
The DHS SBIR 24.1 Pre-Solicitation Is Now Open!
DHS SBIR announces the release of six new topics for the SBIR 24.1 Pre-solicitation. During the pre-solicitation small businesses can review the topics and email the POC for each topic with technical questions to obtain clarification.
- DHS241-001 – Agnostic Detection of Synthetic Opioids and Other Illicit Drugs
- DHS241-002 – Data Labeling and Curation at Scale (DLCS) for Machine Learning Algorithms
- DHS241-003 – 911 Voice-over-IP Telephone Dispatchable Location System
- DHS241-004 – Software Defined Radio for Public Safety (SDR-PS)
- DHS241-005 – Video Analysis of Drug and Human Smuggling Activities
- DHS241-006 – Enhancing Mobile Radiological/Nuclear (R/N) Detection Through Contextual Information
Check this web page often, sign up for the SBIR program mailing list, or follow S&T on all major social media platforms for regular SBIR program updates.
SBIR/STTR Fall Innovation Conference - November 28-29 @ Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center
Nov 28 - Come visit the DHS SBIR team at the SBIR Pavilion in the Expo Hall to gain insight on funding opportunities and ask questions about the SBIR program. You can catch DHS SBIR Director Dusty Lang on a panel titled, “Agency Differences – Matching Your Project to a Topic” at 1:15 p.m. ET and DHS SBIR team member Jamie Aziz in the “Reverse Pitch Session” 11:45 – 11:50 a.m. ET.
Nov 29 - Come visit the DHS SBIR team at the SBIR Pavilion in the Expo Hall.
Co-located with Defense TechConnect, the two-day The SBIR/STTR Innovation Conference provides a valuable opportunity for applicants, awardees, and supporters to meet with and learn from SBIR/STTR agency representatives, as well as network with other innovators and supporters from across the country.
S&T SBIR Program
DHS SBIR is proud to announce the launch of Phase 0, a program that can help potential applicants understand the submission process, provide access to assistance resources for new applicants and collaborate with individuals committed to diversifying the science and engineering workforce.
Now through January 2024, the Phase 0 program will offer the following series of webinars focused on providing more information about the 24.1 solicitation cycle:
- How a Small Business Should Approach Understand the Pre-Solicitation
- Mandatory Federal Registrations
- Confirming Eligibility and Using Your Time Wisely
- How to Prepare a Responsive Technical Proposal
- Principal Investigators and Other Personnel
- Preparing Your Budget
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property
- Important Forms to Submit with Your DHS Proposal
- DHS SBIR Proposal Submission Process
These webinars are recommended for all innovative R&D small companies interested in learning more about the SBIR program and process. Register here for the Phase 0 webinars.
The DHS SBIR Program is a competitive award system which provides qualified small business concerns with opportunities to propose innovative ideas that meet specific homeland security research and development technology needs.
Phase I typically funds up to $150,000 for five months to determine the scientific and technical merit, and feasibility, of the proposed effort. Phase I awards are typically made within 45 days after selection.
Phase II typically funds up to $1,000,000 for 24 months to continue the R&D effort from the completed Phase I project and work towards a prototype demonstration. Only SBIR Phase I awardees are eligible to participate in subsequent phases. Options may be exercised for S&T SBIR Phase II projects that have firm commitments for follow-on funding.
Phase III is funded from a private or non-SBIR government source for commercialization or continued development and testing from an effort made under prior SBIR funding. Phase III work is typically oriented toward commercialization of an SBIR effort which can include products, production, services, research and development or any such combination. Phase III has no limit on the number, duration, type or dollar value of awards made to a small business. There is also no limit on the time that may elapse between a Phase I or Phase II award and a Phase III award, or between a Phase III award and any subsequent Phase III award.
We are committed to identifying promising small businesses and innovative approaches to help address homeland security needs. Our success stories highlight companies that have made lasting impacts to our nation with successful technological innovations through the DHS SBIR Program. These examples showcase a number of small businesses from around the nation that have worked with S&T to develop and support the technology needs of our nation and homeland security end-users. Read our DHS SBIR success stories!
Watch our videos explaining the SBIR process:
- Detecting Trapped Survivors OATS RFI
- Insights Outreach | Getting Onboard with SBIR
- What's New in 2022!
- 2021 Other Agency Technology Solutions (OATS) RFI
- Planning for Privacy
- Innovate S&T: SBIR Proposal Submission Process
- Innovate S&T: Making the Most of Your One-on-Ones
- SBIR One-on-One Dos and Don'ts
- SBIR 20.1 Solicitation
- SBIR 21.1 Pre-Solicitation
- TechTalk: Small Business Innovation Research Program
- DHS Announces New 24.1 Small Business Innovation Research Pre-Solicitation - November 15, 2023
- DHS Awards $14.9M to 15 U.S. Small Businesses for R&D Prototypes - August 29, 2023
- DHS Awards $3.15M to 20 U.S. Small Businesses for Proof-of-Concept Research - July 6, 2023
- DHS Opens 23.1 Small Business Innovation Research Solicitation - December 19, 2022
- DHS Announces New 23.1 Small Business Innovation Research Pre-Solicitation - November 18, 2022
- DHS Awards $9.8M for Small Businesses to Develop Security Technology Prototypes - June 30, 2022
- DHS SBIR to Host First Responder Technology Showcase - March 22, 2022
- DHS SBIR Seeks Solutions to Detect Survivors in a Building Collapse - February 7, 2022
- DHS S&T Announces Small Business Innovation Research Pre-Solicitation - November 22, 2021
- DHS Awards $1M to California Small Business for Soft Targets and Crowded Places Security Solutions - October 6, 2021
- DHS Awards $750K to Texas Small Business for Urban Detection and Identification of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles - September 13, 2021
The DHS SBIR Program issues an annual solicitation with topics that cover DHS mission areas for which proposals are sought. Topics for solicitations are solicited by S&T and CWMD and address the needs of DHS Operational Components including the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Secret Service—as well as first responders. As such, the solicitations typically consist of topics relevant to the following organization focus areas: