DHS launches 12 new SBIR topics

On November 13, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced the release of 12 topics for the new Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) 21.1 Pre-solicitation. During the pre-solicitation period, small businesses can review topics and ask technical questions regarding the topic areas.

“This year’s DHS SBIR topics span a broad range of homeland security needs that require innovative solutions to solve some of our toughest challenges,” said William Bryan, senior official performing the duties of the DHS under secretary for science and technology. “The SBIR Program is an excellent pathway for small businesses to access government funding and turn their ideas into impact.”

Full topic descriptions for the titles listed below can be viewed at beta.SAM.gov Department of Homeland Security Small Business Innovation Research Program FY21 Presolicitation. Technical questions should be directed to the technical point of contact for each topic, listed in the 21.1 SBIR Topic Areas document. Small businesses have until 5:00 p.m. EST on December 10 to submit their questions.

The planned DHS topics are:

  • DHS211-001– Non-Invasive “Breathalyzer” Detection System to Screen for Presence of Viral Respiratory Infections
  • DHS211-002– 5G & Wifi6 Coexistence for Secure Federal Networks
  • DHS211-003– Improved Curved Transparent Ceramic Structural Components
  • DHS211-004– Vehicle Infectious Diseases Protection
  • DHS211-005– Amphibious XTV for Ice Rescue
  • DHS211-006– Artificial Intelligence to Augment the 911 Telecommunicator Function
  • DHS211-007– Software Supply Chain Identification for Compiled Binary Executables
  • DHS211-008– Intelligent Document Design: Combating Industry Trends that Incentivize Weak Security
  • DHS211-009– High Throughput Non-Ionizing Screening Capability for Identifying Contraband
  • DHS211-010– Screening Sensor Technology as part of Passenger Checked Luggage
  • DHS211-011 – Fieldable multiplex detection of Biothreats
  • DHS211-012– Diagnostic tools for detection of African Swine Fever (ASF) virus

The DHS SBIR Program, administered by the department’s Science and Technology Directorate, 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.

Source: DHS