The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has posted topics for the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 19.1 Pre-Solicitation. The Pre-Solicitation contains 10 topic descriptions, eight from the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and two from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office.
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.
During the pre-solicitation period, which ends at noon Eastern time on Dec. 18, potential offerors will have the opportunity to ask technical questions regarding the topic areas. The government anticipates release of the final solicitation on or about December 19, 2018.
The planned S&T topics are:
- H-SB019.1-001 – Reach-Back Capability for Fielded Rapid DNA Systems
- H-SB019.1-002 – ICAM On-the-Fly
- H-SB019.1-003 – On Body Power Module for First Responders
- H-SB019.1-004 – Modeling-based Design of Sensors for Chemical Detection in Complex Environment
- H-SB019.1-005 – Synthetic Training Data for Explosive Detection Machine Learning Algorithms
- H-SB019.1-006 – Cybersecurity Peer-to-Peer Knowledge/Lessons Learned Tool
- H-SB019.1-007 – Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Forensic Analytics
- H-SB019.1-008 – Network Modeling for Risk Assessment
The planned CWMD topics are:
- H-SB019.1-009 – Detector Integration with Current and Emerging Networked Systems
- H-SB019.1-010 – Unmanned Aerial System Autonomous Search of Limited Area for Radiological Threats
DHS states it is mandatory that potential offerors be registered on the SBIR Portal, the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Company Registry Database, and the System for Award Management.