NEW! SVIP Topic Call: Human Performance and Resiliency. Visit Current Funding Opportunities below for more information.
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 Mechanisms and Phases
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.
For more details on eligibility, please refer to SVIP's Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) — SVIP OTS 70RSAT21R00000006
Current Funding Opportunities
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! Human Performance and Resiliency
This SVIP topic call seeks technical capabilities that could serve the mission needs of operational components and programs including U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Applications must be able to describe alignment to at least one of the following technical topic areas.
- Biometric Wearables: Wearable biometric device(s) that capture several biometric and metabolic leading indicators that can alert the user to initiate mitigating action.
- Sleep/Recovery Enhancement: Capability that evaluates sleep quality and recovery and/or recreates the restorative benefits of sleep.
- AI-enabled Mobile App: Mobile application that allows personnel to input persona information (diet, exercise, mood, injuries, etc.) and/or compile information from various wearable biometric monitoring devices in order to generate outputs describing factors contributing to their overall wellness.
To download and view the solicitation, FAQs, application, and application instructions, please visit the solicitation page on sam.gov.
A virtual Industry Day will be held on November 10, 2021, 12:30 – 2:30 pm EST/9:30 – 11:30 am PST. Visit the HPR Industry Day page on the S&T Events page for more information and to register!
Press & Media
Press Releases and Media Advisories
- DHS S&T to Host Inaugural Homeland Security Startup Studio Showcase - August 11, 2021
- S&T Funds California Startup to Test SUAS for Improved Situational Awareness - August 24, 2021
- DHS S&T to Demonstrate Innovative Solutions for Critical DHS Mission Needs - August 5, 2021
- DHS S&T Funds Veteran-Owned Florida Small Business to Develop Longer-Lasting Disinfectant to Fight COVID-19 - June 25, 2021
- DHS S&T SVIP Awards Funding to Monitor Current and Future Biological Threats - April 5, 2021
- University of Washington to Help DHS Develop COVID-19 Digital Contact Tracing App GTesting Criteria - March 22, 2021
- DHS S&T Awards $153K in Phase 1 Funding to Small Business for Maritime Object Tracking Technology - March 3, 2021
- DHS S&T Awards Funding to Design Video Analytics for TSA Checkpoint - March 2, 2021
- DHS S&T Awards Arlington, MA, Based Start-up Funding for Self-Screening TSA Checkpoints - February 19, 2021
- DHS S&T Awards $198,600 to Develop Security and Privacy Testing of COVID-19 Contract Tracing Apps - February 8, 2021
- DHS S&T Silicon Valley Innovation Program Continues Partnership with Atlanta-Based Start-Up - December 11, 2020
- S&T's Blockchain Program Focuses on Security, Privacy, Interoperability & Standards, July 9, 2019
- Silicon Valley Innovation Program Moves at the Speed of Success, June 26, 2018
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