DHS S&T Awards $9.7M to Small Businesses for Technology Prototypes
Thursday, June 30, 2022 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program awarded a total of $9,782,624 million to small businesses to further develop technologies intended to support homeland security mission needs.

The DHS SBIR program, administered by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T), awarded Phase II contracts under nine topic areas in the 21.1 SBIR Solicitation issued in December.

“Advancing technologies through research, development, and innovation investments are key to equipping DHS frontline workers with the tools they need to safeguard our nation,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, senior official performing the duties of the under secretary for science and technology. “Small businesses are critical to the execution of the DHS mission, they are a key factor to a healthy economy. The SBIR Program allows us to work with small businesses and promote a culture of innovation that not only supports economic growth but ultimately benefits the American people.”

Based on the feasibility of the technologies demonstrated in their Phase I efforts, each Phase II recipient was awarded approximately $1 million to build and demonstrate a prototype over a two-year period. Projects related to the critical communications industry included:
• DHS211-002 - 5G and Wi-Fi6/6E Coexistence for Secure Federal Networks: Pallindrome Technologies (Hazlet, New Jersey)
• DHS211-006 - Artificial Intelligence to Augment the 9-1-1 Telecommunicator Function: SecureLogix (San Antonio, Texas)
• DHS211-008 - Intelligent Document Design: Combating Industry Trends Incentivizing Weak Security: Intelligent Payload Solutions(Colorado Springs, Colorado)

At the completion of the 24-month Phase II contracts, the awardees will have developed a prototype to demonstrate the advancement of technology, spearheading the potential for Phase III funding from private sector and/or non-SBIR government sources. The eventual goal for SBIR Phase III technologies is to develop a commercial product for end users.

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