DHS SBIR Awards 29 R&D Contracts
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced the award of 29 competitive research contracts to 25 small businesses across the United States to participate in the first phase of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program.

“Investing in private sector innovation is a key factor in helping DHS keep pace with emerging threats and security challenges facing our nation,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, DHS senior official performing the duties of the undersecretary for science and technology. “The DHS SBIR Program provides the opportunity for S&T to partner with small businesses in advancing unique and innovative capabilities that address complex DHS technology needs.”

Each project will receive up to $150,000 from the DHS SBIR Program to conduct proof-of-concept research over a five-month period to address specific homeland security technology needs.

“Innovative small businesses are vital contributors to the DHS mission,” said DHS SBIR Program Director Dusty Lang. “This is a great opportunity for the awardees of these Phase I SBIR contracts to explore the concept feasibility of the ideas they proposed.”

The topics for the DHS SBIR fiscal year 2021 solicitation, released in December, were developed by S&T to address the research and development needs of DHS operational components and homeland security end users.

Contracts awarded to projects focused on critical communications were Palindrome Technologies of Hazlet, New Jersey; Intellisense Systems of Torrance, California; and ANDRO Computational Solutions of Rome, New York for 5G and Wi-Fi 6/6E coexistence for secure federal networks; Sage Analysis Group of Cambridge, Massachusetts; SecureLogix of San Antonio, Texas; Intellisense Systems; and Spectronn of Holmdel, New Jersey for artificial intelligence (AI) to augment the 9-1-1 telecommunicator function; and Intelligent Payload Solutions of Colorado Springs, Colorado, for intelligent document design to combating industry trends incentivizing weak security.

At the completion of the first phase, awardees will be eligible to submit proposals for a second phase award. The objective of the second phase is to continue research and development efforts toward a demonstrable prototype.

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