Announcing New Funding Opportunities through the LRBAA!
The Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) recently released the annual announcement of new and updated LRBAA topics. This announcement calls out 32 total topics, including 16 new, three updated, and 13 enduring topics. To view the topic list in its entirety, check out the Current LRBAA Topics section below.
S&T’s LRBAA is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to fund pioneering research and development (R&D) projects in support of our nation’s security. Its purpose is to advance our scientific and technical knowledge and to apply such advances to the department’s operational environments.
A traditional Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) is fairly specific in its subject matter requirements. The LRBAA is not. By design, it covers a wide range of subjects and provides flexibility in submission schedules. This enables S&T to contemplate proposals for original research that fall outside the scope of its more narrowly defined BAAs. To learn more about the LRBAA submission process and view the current topics please visit the LRBAA Solicitation Portal.
S&T and Component programs may receive research concept material submissions through the LRBAA website and Solicitation Portal. The website contains current research topics, links to the LRBAA 18-01 Sam.gov solicitation, and information on how to submit to a topic. Prospective sources are strongly encouraged to read the entire solicitation.
DHS S&T’s modernized LRBAA is earmarked by:
- Transparent, simplified announcement with more details
- Streamlined efficient submission procedures
- Notification of DHS interest in your research within 10 days
- Flexible communications including dialogue with topic program managers, a virtual pitch and submission of an optional video
Businesses of all sizes, universities, national laboratories, and other R&D organizations (both domestic and international) can submit ideas through the LRBAA. By aligning topics to the highest priority needs, the LRBAA provides a mechanism to focus the unique capabilities and expertise of our partner base on solving Component critical homeland security problems.
Successful submissions to the LRBAA answer questions such as “What research problem do you propose to solve? How is your concept different from and superior to solutions currently available elsewhere? What data and analysis do you have to support the contention that funding your R&D project will result in a significant increase in capability for DHS?”
- The LRBAA does not allocate a pre-defined level of funding. As such, the provision of funds is an important consideration when an otherwise promising proposal is evaluated.
- Products that are available to the commercial marketplace or support services of any kind cannot be contemplated or purchased through the LRBAA in accordance with the Federal Acquisition Regulation.
- The LRBAA is expressly for original, state-of-the-art research or unique prototypes that require proof of concept.
- All submissions are peer reviewed.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has modernized its LRBAA processes and procedures with the goal of increasing its value and use for both the Department and our industry and academic partners. Learn more about the modernized LRBAA in the videos below.
Long Range Broad Agency Announcement Modernization Effort
S&T, in partnership with the DHS Office of the Chief Procurement Officer, improved the LRBAA’s business practices to make it easier for industry to work with S&T and provide innovative solutions for the Homeland Security Enterprise. The new LRBAA features transparent communications, a streamlined submission and review process, and reduces the submission to award timeframe by five months. In this video, DHS S&T Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary Bill Bryan and DHS Chief Procurement Officer Soraya Correa discuss the collaborative LRBAA modernization efforts and improvements to the LRBAA website.
Long Range Broad Agency Industry Update Webinar
With improvements driven by industry engagement and outreach, S&T modernized the LRBAA processes and procedures to expand industry participation and align topics more closely to DHS priorities. In this video, S&T’s LRBAA Program Manager James Grove and Office of the Chief Procurement Officer Deputy Executive Director Gary Hickey highlight the new features of the LRBAA and answer industry’s questions about the improved process.
The 32 LRBAA topics are categorized under six R&D priority needs areas:
SECURING AVIATION (SEC AVN)
- SEC AVN 04-08: Enhanced Contact and Non-Contact Trace Explosives Sampling and Detection
- SEC AVN 04-09: Checked Baggage
- SEC AVN 04-10: Explosive and Ballistic Threat Mitigation for Commercial Aircraft, Aviation and Non-Aviation Applications
- SEC AVN 05-02: Screening at Speed
- SEC AVN 06-05: Small Bulk Confirmatory Capabilities Through Barriers
- SEC AVN 06-06: Development of Tools for Test and Evaluation of Machine Learning Algorithms (new)
SECURING BORDERS (SEC BORD)
- SEC BORD 01-01: Noninvasive, Minimally Disruptive Sensors and Systems
- SEC BORD 03-05: Air Based Technologies
- SEC BORD 03-06: Countering Unmanned Aircraft Systems
- SEC BORD 03-07: Maritime Domain Awareness Technologies (updated)
- SEC BORD 06-01: Biometric Technologies for Extending, Augmenting, or Improving DHS Identity and Verification Capabilities
- SEC BORD 03-08: Emerging Technologies (new)
- SEC BORD 06-02: Immigration Services Program (new)
SECURING CYBERSPACE (SEC CYB)
- SEC CYB 03-08: Predictive Analytics (new)
- SEC CYB 03-09: Countering Identity Threats (new)
- SEC CYB 03-10: Shared Cyber Resilience (new)
- SEC CYB 04-02: Mobile Security & Resiliency R&D
- SEC CYB 06-02: Software and Hardware Supply Chain Assurance (new)
PREVENTING TERRORISM (PREV)
- PREV 01-02: Detection Canine Technologies
- PREV 03-01: Trustworthy and Responsible Artificial Intelligence (new)
- PREV 04-03: Threat Prevention
PROTECTING FROM TERRORIST ATTACKS (PROT)
- PROT 02-02: Advanced and Emerging Data Computation and Analytics (new)
- PROT 03-03: Enhanced Chemical and Biological Detection Systems (new)
MANAGING INCIDENTS (MGMT)
- MGMT 01-02: Technology Acceptance
- MGMT 02-08: GMD and Nuclear EMP Critical Infrastructure Risk (updated)
- MGMT 04-01: Advancements in Virtual Environment Capabilities in support of DHS Mission Areas (new)
- MGMT 05-01: First Responders Technology Development and Assessment (new)
- MGMT 08-04: Using Internet of Things (IoT) for Community and Infrastructure Resiliency Against All-Hazards (updated)
- MGMT 08-05: Integrating risk sciences and adaptive engineering for community and infrastructure resilience (new)
- MGMT 08-06: Maritime Environment and Climate and Coastal, Port, and Waterway Security(new)
- MGMT 08-07: Laboratory Research to Characterize Agricultural Threat Agents (new)
- MGMT 09-01: Forensics and Criminal Investigations (new)
The LRBAA Today webinar series is an opportunity for the innovation community to learn more about the Department’s research challenge areas, specific to LRBAA topics, and understand how to use the LRBAA program to work with S&T. Navigate to the webinar page and check out our videos to learn more about the work currently being pursued under the topic areas and gain context for the solutions being sought.