Ways to Work With Us

Ways to Work With Us

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 find and use the best technology. The S&T Industry Guide  lays out DHS technology needs, describes S&T’s technical focus areas, and identifies tools and opportunities for industry to work with us. As a companion to the Industry Guide, our Innovation Programs & Tools booklet provides more detail on our tools for working with industry, including the process, eligibility, timelines, and how to apply.

Innovate S&T Video Series

The #InnovateS&T video series provides awareness of S&T’s industry engagement. S&T will add more videos on ways to work with S&T, programs, tools, and new and upcoming opportunities.

Video on S&T's Industry Guide

This video takes viewers through the S&T Industry Guide, which captures S&T’s call to industry to help solve homeland security challenges. We’ll outline S&T’s partnership goals, research and development priorities, tools and programs, and online resources to help keep industry up to date on new opportunities.


Ways to Engage with Us Video

Learn more about how to engage with S&T and where to find information on our current priorities.


Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program

As part of the Innovate S&T “Partner Tools Discussion” series, this video provides a quick overview of DHS’s SBIR program, including details on how it works, who can apply, and important timelines.

Prize Competitions

Prize Competitions provide monetary incentives to mobilize a diverse set of innovators to address homeland security challenges using public crowd-sourcing. For a list of open competitions visit the current Prize Competitions page.

Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA)

LRBAA is a standing, open invitation to the scientific and technical communities to propose novel ideas that address homeland highest priority operational needs. For a list of open LRBAA topics visit the LRBAA portal.

Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP)

SVIP reaches the innovation communities across the nation and world to harness commercial R&D for government applications, and to co-invest in and accelerate the transition of technology to the commercial market. For a list of open SVIP calls visit the Silicon Valley Innovation Program page.

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. For a list of open SBIR topics visit the SBIR portal.

Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Homeland Security Program

The U.S.-Israel Binational Industrial Research and Development (BIRD) Homeland Security program is a joint initiative funded by DHS S&T and the Israel Ministry of Public Security and managed by the BIRD Foundation. The program provides conditional grants of up to $1 million for approved projects and up to 50 percent of the combined project budget for the development of advanced technologies for the homeland security mission. For more information on open calls for proposals, visit the BIRD HLS program website.

Technology Transfer and Commercialization Mechanisms

Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA)

CRADAs are agreements between S&T and a non-Federal party to work together on R&D activities. S&T uses CRADAs for collaborations with an innovative or entrepreneurial non-Federal entity that can succeed in moving federally funded technology to the commercial market.

Licensing Agreements

Licensing agreements govern intellectual property (IP) use.

Partnership Intermediary Agreements (PIAs)

PIAs are agreements between DHS and a state/local government agency, or nonprofit entity for new technology, facilitate joint projects between DHS and private companies, academic institutions, to accelerate delivery of technological capability, or help existing companies identify department technologies that can be licensed and commercialized.

Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

MOUs provide a framework for S&T to work with other agencies.

Learn more about S&T’s role in Technology Transfer and Commercialization Program (T2C) including CRADAs, Licensing Agreements, PIAs, and MOUs, visit the T2C page

Acquisition Opportunities

Many in industry are looking for opportunities for the government to buy its product. A number of resources provide access to open acquisition opportunism through Federal Business Opportunities (FedBizOpps), including acquisitions specific to DHS on FedBizOpps website.

In addition, the Government Acquisition & Grants Portal complements FedBizOpps and helps over 100,000 vendors and grant applicants, find, respond to and win opportunities for contracts, grants, and other types of assistance funding.

Grants.gov lets you search for grant opportunities.


If you have questions or would like to tell us about your innovative technology, email us at SandT.Innovation@hq.dhs.gov.

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