DHS S&T Awards $4.5M to Small Businesses Under SBIR Program
Friday, June 24, 2022 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded a total of $4,479,195.95 in competitive research contracts to 30 small businesses across the United States to participate in Phase I of the DHS Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

The topics for the DHS SBIR 22.1 Solicitation, released in December 2021, were developed in collaboration with program managers and stakeholders across DHS to address homeland security research and development needs.

“Small businesses continue to be a source of ingenuity and an agile tool for DHS to develop innovative technologies that have a lasting impact for our components, end users and society at large,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, DHS S&T senior official Performing the Duties of the Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “I congratulate these 30 small businesses as they begin their journey with the SBIR program and work to provide solutions for homeland security challenges.”

In this first phase, 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. Contracts related to critical communications included:
• DHS221-001: Automated Artificial Intelligence (AI) Distress Alerts and Monitoring: Eduworks (Corvallis, Oregon), Vadum (Raleigh, North Carolina), Sonalysts (Waterford, Connecticut)
• DHS221-004: Broadband Push-to-Talk Interoperability Platform: Catalyst Communications Technologies (Forest, Virginia), Mutualink (Wallingford, CT), Tango Tango (Huntsville, Alabama), Tiami (Elk Grove, CA)

At the completion of the first phase, awardees will be eligible to submit proposals for a second phase award. The objective of phase two is to continue efforts to develop and demonstrate a working prototype.

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