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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is interested in innovation in a wide array of technologies for first responders, data protection, public security and more. As result of the constantly changing landscape of HLS technologies, the federal organization wants to tap into the agility and innovation of small businesses to find solutions. The DHS S&T preferences were reflected by the recent release of the DHS list of Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) topics for FY20.

DHS SBIR is a contract-awards program meant to increase small business participation in Federal research and development and commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions in the private sector.

The pre-solicitation includes nine topics from the DHS S&T Directorate, according to

  • Next Generation 9-1-1 (NG 9-1-1) Multimedia Content Analysis Engine Capability for the Emergency Communications Cyber Security Center (EC3);
  • Remote Sensor Data Protection and Anti-Spoofing;
  • Digital Paging over Public Television;
  • Soft Targets and Crowded Places Security;
  • In-building Coverage Analysis System (ICAS) Using Existing First Responder’s Radio and Smartphone;
  • Handheld Advanced Detection/Imaging Technology System;
  • Enhanced Explosives and Illicit Drugs Detection by Targeted Interrogation of Surfaces;
  • Urban Canyon Detection Tracking and Identification of Small Unmanned Aerial Vehicles; and
  • Machine Learning Module for Detection Technologies.

Additional topics come from the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) Office, including: 

  • Innovative Technologies for Next Generation of Sample Collection Media 
  • Development and Evaluation of Nucleic Acid-Based Assays to Accelerate Biohazard Detection.