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Work with CWMD

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office (CWMD) relies on private sector partners to help us discover scientific advancements and technological innovations that solve chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) monitoring and detection challenges.

CWMD researches, develops, acquires, and deploys CBRN detection and monitoring equipment to support our Federal, State, Local, Tribal, and Territorial (FSLTT) partners. Learn more about our research and development (R&D) mission and discover how you can work with CWMD to make the homeland more secure.

CWMD is continuously engaging with academia, commercial industry, and government agencies to identify new and innovative methods and equipment that are available for our national response in combating existing and evolving tactics and technologies to counter CBRN threats.

How CWMD Engages with Industry:

  • Hosts industry days and outreach events to conduct program-specific interchanges and supports market research. (See SAM.GOV for announcements)
  • Welcomes request for 1-hour CWMD Industry Engagement Program (CIEP) briefings from industry, academic, and other community entities to CWMD. (Contact CWMD@hq.dhs.gov to request an opportunity to brief.)*
  • Engages with CWMD consortiums and related organizations.  (Contact CWMD@hq.dhs.gov to inform CWMD about an event)
  • Collect freely offered whitepapers and/or factsheets to add to our market research catalog. (Submit to CWMD@hq.dhs.gov)

*To ensure a level playing field for all vendors, these CIEP meetings are limited to one hour every six months for each vendor.

Industry, academic, and government partners seeking to meet with CWMD are encouraged to contact: CWMD@hq.dhs.gov.

The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is one of the largest public-private partnerships in the United States. The SBIR program encourages small businesses with fewer than 500 employees to provide quality research and develop new processes, products, and technologies in support of the missions of the U.S. government.

DHS Program

The DHS SBIR program is focused on near-term commercialization and delivery of operational prototypes to federal, state, and local law enforcement officers; emergency responders; and other public safety officials. SBIR is a three-phased program:

  • Phase I: Determine the scientific and technical merit and feasibility of the proposed effort.
  • Phase II: Continue the research and development effort if found feasible.
  • Phase III: Work toward the commercialization of SBIR research or technology.

Areas of Emphasis

CWMD supports federal, state, and local law enforcement and other public safety officials to prevent chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear threats and incidents, as well threats associated with food, agriculture, and veterinarian systems. Through SBIR, CWMD works with small business to identify, explore, develop, and demonstrate new technologies and capabilities that these frontline defenders can use to carry out their mission.

CWMD’s SBIR program currently focuses on these critical challenges:

  • Network and algorithm development for system integration and deployment to create an advanced information and communication architecture backbone.
  • Development of novel approaches to data analysis in conjunction with detection of anomalies supporting decision-making.
  • Improved chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear detection through lower cost approaches to enable widespread deployment.
  • Threat detection and reduction for food, agriculture, and veterinarian systems.

For Additional Information

The SBIR program issues solicitations on U.S. General Services SAM website.

For more information about SBIR, please visit the SBIR website.

If you have questions about CWMD’s SBIR program, please contact CWMD@hq.dhs.gov.

Federal, state, local, tribal, and territorial (FSLTT) agencies with preventative chemical, biological, and radiological detection programs may require technical support regarding procurement and deployment of detection systems. The Test and Evaluation Division within the CWMD independently tests and evaluates detection equipment and associated systems, and has archived reports, test plans, data sets, and models from more than 150 tests that it has conducted. DMAMC brings together subject matter experts from the CWMD community with the processes and tools necessary to maintain and analyze test data. The data can then be used to respond to technical questions from stakeholders and support future testing activities.

DMAMC Analyzes Test Data

DMAMC provides timely responses to test data inquiries. It has organized existing test data for ease of retrieval, developed an efficient analysis process, implemented standardized data collection for all test activities, and incorporated modeling as a method to address detector performance and use questions. DMAMC comprises a team of subject matter experts with test planning and execution, modeling, analysis, systems engineering, and acquisition experience. Experts from CWMD, the U.S. Department of Energy national laboratories, universities, and non-profit research organizations work on the DMAMC team. They provide technical assistance to stakeholders through the analysis of existing test data generated and archived during the execution of all previous CWMD test campaigns. The DMAMC subject matter experts mine and analyze historical data, then create a customized response to a stakeholder request.

DMAMC's Capabilities

  • Access to archived test reports and data.
  • Technical comparison of data from across tests, with context from independent analyses.
  • Evaluation of detector response based on operational use of instruments.
  • Customized analysis and simulation in response to stakeholder technical questions.
  • Recommendations of test protocols and practices based on lessons learned.
  • Independent third-party review of technical reports or vendor documentation.
  • Recommendations on test design and protocols based on instrument data and modeling.

Contact CWMD DMAMC by emailing CWMD@hq.dhs.gov.

The Grants.gov program management office was established, in 2002, as a part of the President's Management Agenda. Managed by the Department of Health and Human Services, Grants.gov is an E-Government initiative operating under the governance of the Office of Management and Budget.

Under the President's Management Agenda, the office was chartered to deliver a system that provides a centralized location for grant seekers to find and apply for federal funding opportunities. When an agency plans and develops a funding program, they publish a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) to advertise it to applicant communities and to invite proposals tailored to address the program mission. The grant-making agency will publish details of the funding opportunity on Grants.gov. CWMD participates in this program and has the following NOFO's available:

CWMD Notices of Funding Opportunities
Funding Opportunity Number Funding Opportunity Title  Description
DHS-24-CWMD-130-NFRA-001 Fiscal Year 2024 Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) The Nuclear Forensics Research Award (NFRA) is designed to develop future technical experts and leaders by funding nuclear forensics related research proposals which establish links among universities, faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students, the Nuclear Forensics Interagency, and staff at the national and defense laboratories. 

For more information on a specific NOFO, please click the link in the table to go to the Grants.gov website.

Last Updated: 06/18/2024
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