Innovation is the driving force behind the work we do at S&T. Because potential solutions may exist outside the homeland security arena, S&T casts a wide, inclusive net to capture the best thinking to inform our efforts. The S&T Industry Guide outlines the areas where S&T is investing funding and provides direction to innovation communities on how to do business with S&T. At S&T, our goal is to build stronger, more effectiveness partnerships with the private sector to help further the security posture of our nation. S&T collaborates with the private sector across all stages of the R&D lifecycle and in three main focus areas.
Discover: Finding great technology that is being developed.
Partner: Partnering with the private sector to develop new technology and incentivize existing efforts to include homeland security requirements in technology development.
Transition: Working with manufacturing and supply chain partners to help deliver new technology solutions to homeland security operators.
There are several ways that innovators can work with us through the flexible contract and other mechanisms described below.
The following links provide information on currently open and active opportunities to work with S&T.
Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA)
The LRBAA offers an open invitation for researchers and scientists to contribute their best ideas for addressing homeland security capability gaps. It is a funding mechanism for research and development of novel and innovative concepts.
DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program
SBIR provides funding to small businesses for concepts and prototypes that are innovative and provide solutions to specific homeland security challenges.
Engaging the Start-up Community
S&T engages accelerators, incubators, and start-up companies to find cutting-edge concepts, prototypes, and technologies to speed transition to market. We connect innovators directly with operators, facilitate early market validation, and provide opportunities to evaluate technology products. This includes our efforts through the EMERGE Accelerator Program and Silicon Valley Innovation Program.
Ideal for concepts or prototypes, prize competitions allow businesses and entrepreneurs to compete for monetary prizes by tackling a specific homeland security challenge.
There is no wrong way to get involved. Learn which is best for you and how your technology can help secure the homeland at scitech.dhs.gov/business-opportunities.
Conferences and Events
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