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Silicon Valley Innovation Program

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is keeping pace with the innovation community to tackle the hardest problems faced by DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise. SVIP expands DHS S&T’s reach to find new technologies that strengthen national security with the goal of reshaping how government, entrepreneurs and industry work together to find cutting-edge solutions. Based in California’s Silicon Valley, the program reaches out to innovation communities across the nation and around the world to harness the commercial R&D ecosystem for technologies with government applications and to co-invest in and accelerate technology transition-to-market. We offer U.S. and international start-ups up to $2M in non dilutive funding over 24 months to carry out prototype projects and possibly transition successful projects to production. 

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Funding Mechanism

SVIP utilizes the Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) — SVIP OTS 70RSAT21R00000006 to engage with organizations that do not usually work with the government in order to carry out prototype projects and possibly transition successful projects to production. This engagement is intended to assist new companies so they have more opportunities to work with DHS through targeted non-dilutive funding and provide opportunities for operational testing and market access. Through SVIP, DHS intends to incentivize product developers to open the aperture of their development road maps to include homeland security solutions.

Program Phases

Total $200K to 2 Million over 24 months; 3-4 tranches of  non-dilutive funding ($50-$500K/3-6 months). Total funding amount determined by each topic all. Phase 1: Proof of Concept Demo; Phase 2: Demo Pilot-ready Prototype; Phase 3: Functional and Red Team Testing; Phase 4: Pilot/test in an Operational Environment. Phase 5:  May be awarded if the government determines that further operational testing is required, and/or the technology is applicable in additional DHS use cases. Phase 5 Other Transactional Agreements will be scaled to fit the cost and length of time for the mission need/requirement and are not restricted by Phases 1-4.

 

Blue circle logo with world map. While the Department’s “Other Transaction” authority extends to “non-traditional government contractors,” SVIP targets only a subset of those performers that meet the following requirements: Phase 1 applicants may be based in U.S. or internationally. Blue circle logo with the & sign. Phase 1 applicants must register for a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number: www.DNB.com. Blue logo with three persons with less than 200.  Phase 1 applicants must have fewer than 200 employees or full-time equivalents (FTEs). Calculations for FTEs must account for and include affiliated businesses—such as parent companies and subsidiaries—that are either in or outside of the U.S. Flag with stars and stripes. Phase 1 applicants must not have been a party to any Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contract and/or federally awarded grant or cooperative agreement with a combined total of more than $1,000,000 in the past 12 months, whether as a prime contractor or subcontractor.

 

For more details on eligibility, please refer to SVIP's Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) — SVIP OTS 70RSAT21R00000006

Prior to applying to a specific call, please review SVIP’s Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS)—SVIP OTS 70RSAT21R00000006. The OTS describes the overall program framework and eligibility criteria. Individual calls describing specific technical areas and use cases will be issued under the Innovation OTS in the future.

New SVIP Topic Call! Software Supply Chain Visibility Tools

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New SVIP Topic Call! Software Supply Chain Visibility Tools | Applications Due October 3, 2022 by 12pm PT

SVIP’s newest solicitation will improve the transparency of the software supply chain as a key component to help ensure the security of critical infrastructure systems. The Software Supply Chain Visibility Tools topic call will help secure the software that individuals and organizations rely upon for essential services, including communications, finance, transportation and energy.

SVIP’s topic call, in partnership with the DHS Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), seeks technology that will enable stakeholder visibility into software supply chains and new risk assessment capabilities. Applications are required to align to the first technical topic area (TTA) listed below and one or more of the additional TTAs:

  1. [REQUIRED] Foundational Open-Source Libraries
    1. Multi-format SBOM Translator
    2. Software Component Identifier Translator
  2. Automated SBOM Generation
  3. SBOM Enabled Vulnerability Visualization
  4. SBOM Enabled Interactive Development Environment (IDE) Plug-in
  5. SBOM Enabled Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) Plug-in

To download and view the solicitation, FAQs, the application and instructions, visit the solicitation page. Please note, applications are now required to be submitted via the SVIP web portal and will not be accepted by email. The deadline is October 3, 2022, at noon PT.

A virtual Industry Day took place on July 14, 2022. During this event, speakers from SVIP and CISA participated in panels and Q&A sessions about this topic call and their uses cases. View the Industry Day recording or download the presentation here.

Topic Call: Flood Data Collection and Analysis

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New SVIP Solicitation! Flood Data Collection & Analysis Topic Call: Applications Due: 1st Cycle is May 4, 2022 @ 12PM PT: 2nd Cycle is September 2, 2022 @ 12 PM PT: The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Seal: People rowing a raft in a flood

The latest SVIP topic call aims at aiding DHS in acquiring real time flood data analysis. The Flood Data Collection and Analysis topic call addresses the limitations DHS faces in making predictive, precise, and immediate actions to speed recovery after flooding occurs. 

This SVIP solicitation seeks technical capabilities that could serve the mission needs of DHS operational components and programs, including Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration (FIMA). Applications must be able to describe alignment to at least one of the following technical topic areas:

  • Data Sources: Seeking a variety of data related to flooding (e.g., named and unnamed storms, coastal flooding, overflow of inland or tidal waters, mudslides, etc.)
  • Data Analytics: Capabilities for both situational awareness and predictive analytics.

To download and view the solicitation, FAQs, the application, and instructions, visit the solicitation page. Please note, applications are now required to be submitted via the SVIP web portal.  Applications are not being accepted by email. The deadline is September 2, 2022, at 12 noon PT.

A Virtual Industry Day took place on March 31, 2022. During this event, SVIP was joined by speakers from S&T and FEMA to discuss this topic call and their use cases. View the Industry Day recording or download the presentation here.

Topic Call: Securing Soft Targets

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New SVIP Solicitation; S&T Seal; Securing Soft Targets Topic Call; Applications Due: 1st Cycle April 28, 2022 at 12pm PT; 2nd Cycle August 29, 2022 at 12pm PT

This SVIP topic call will help to secure soft targets (STs) and reduce the number of attacks on vulnerable areas. The Securing Soft Targets topic call seeks to address recent changes in the threat landscape and trends in global and domestic incidents by finding cutting edge solutions that improve DHS’s ability to detect risks and deter threats.

This SVIP solicitation seeks technical capabilities that could serve the mission needs of DHS operational components and programs, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Applications must be able to describe alignment to at least one of the following technical topic areas:

  • Broad, Flexible, Anomaly Detection: The development of anomaly detection that is accurate, flexible, and sufficiently broad to cover the needs of a variety of soft target sites.
  • Challenges from Occlusion, Lighting, and Distance: Implementation of video analytics systems with objective performance, while navigating the challenges presented by occlusion, lighting, and distance.
  • Real-time Performance: Development of systems, composed of appropriate Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and other components in innovative hardware architectures to serve as a platform for novel software algorithms, that offer real-time performance for a specific set of object identifications in a suite of video data, with accuracy increasing over time.

To download and view the solicitation, FAQs, the application and instructions, visit the solicitation page. Please note, applications are now required to be submitted via the SVIP web portal.  Applications are not being accepted by email. The deadline is August 29, 2022, at 12 noon PT.

A Virtual Industry Day took place on March 22, 2022. During this event, SVIP leadership joined speakers from S&T’s Securing Soft Targets Program and TSA to discuss this topic call and their use cases. View the recording or  download the presentation here.

Benefits

 

Blue circle logo with clipboard and checklist. Equity Free Performance-based contracts: Up to $800K in non-dilutive funding available. Blue circle logo with three people connected by lines. Network: Instant access to DHS public/private sector partnerships and the greater homeland security enterprise, a $444B market. Blue circle logo with silhouettes of three people. Mentorship: Learn from the best. We have a deep bench of government and private sector partners who can offer guidance and make introductions. Blue circle logo with checkmark. Market Validation: Find market fit through prototype testing and pilot opportunities. Blue circle logo with megaphone. Amplify Your Reach: Opportunity to demo your product to government, industry, and investors around the world. Blue circle logo with bag of money. Follow-on Funding: Our portfolio companies have received follow-on funding by venture capital investors.

For more information or to be added to our mailing list, email dhs-silicon-valley@hq.dhs.gov.

Last Updated: 07/28/2022
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