DHS Seeks Proposals from Small Businesses for New SBIR Solicitation

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is seeking proposals from small businesses to address homeland security technology needs as part of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.1 Solicitation. The new solicitation contains 10 topic descriptions from two DHS organizations, eight from the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and two from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.

During the solicitation period, DHS will accept proposals for topic areas until 12:00 noon ET January 23, 2019. Small businesses must submit proposals online. The published solicitation details each topic area.

The S&T topics are:

  • Reach-Back Capability for Fielded Rapid DNA Systems
  • ICAM On-the-Fly
  • On Body Power Module for First Responders
  • Modeling-based Design of Sensors for Chemical Detection in Complex Environment
  •  Synthetic Training Data for Explosive Detection Machine Learning Algorithms
  • Cybersecurity Peer-to-Peer Knowledge/Lessons Learned Tool
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Forensic Analytics
  • Network Modeling for Risk Assessment

The CWMD titles are:

  • Detector Integration with Current and Emerging Networked Systems
  • Unmanned Aerial System Autonomous Search of Limited Area for Radiological Threats

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program aimed at increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives, and to increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions.

William N. Bryan, DHS Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology said the Department “looks forward to seeing innovative concepts and solutions, and encouraging all eligible U.S. small businesses to submit proposals to address the nation’s homeland security technology needs.”

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