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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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.
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
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:
- [REQUIRED] Foundational Open-Source Libraries
- Multi-format SBOM Translator
- Software Component Identifier Translator
- Automated SBOM Generation
- SBOM Enabled Vulnerability Visualization
- SBOM Enabled Interactive Development Environment (IDE) Plug-in
- 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
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
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.
Press Releases and Media Advisories
- DHS S&T Seeks Solutions to Software Vulnerabilities - July 11, 2022
- DHS S&T Awards Funds to Kansas City Startup Developing Wearable Tech, Mitigating Heat-Related Injuries - July 8, 2022
- DHS S&T Awards Funds to Sentinel Occupational Safety for Safety Monitoring Technology - July 8, 2022
- DHS S&T Releases Solicitation for Flood Data Collection & Analysis - March 24, 2022
- DHS S&T Seeks Solutions for Mitigating Threats to Soft Targets - March 16, 2022
- DHS S&T Releases Solicitation Aimed at Continuing to Improve Wellness of DHS Workforce - October 20, 2021
- 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
- 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