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Department of Homeland Security SBIR

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, comprised of the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s SBIR Program and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office’s (DNDO) have released an SBIR on homeland security‐related areas.  The solicitation number is HSHQDC-17-R-00010.

DHS S&T Directorate topics  include the following:

  • H‐SB017.1‐001 – Enhanced Agent Situational Awareness in Dismounted, Low Light/Adverse Conditions
  • H-SB017.1-003 – Do Not Spoof Services for Modern Telephony
  • H-SB017.1-004 – Identity Verification & Validation for Mobile Networks Authentication Enhancement
  • H-SB016.1-005 – Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Missions
  • H-SB017.1-006 – Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge
  • H-SB017.1-007 – Over-the-air Authentication Technology for Messaging via Emergency Alerts

DNDO topics include the following:

  • H-SB017.1-008 – Accelerated Crystal-Size Scale-Up Development of Thallium-based, High Efficiency, Dual or Tri-Mode Elpasolite Scintillator
  • H-SB017.1-009 – Unattended Radiation Detection System

Proposals can be for up to $100,000 and 6 months in duration.  Proposals are due January 18, 2017.

DHS and DNDO SBIR Pre-solicitation for FY17 Topics

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) have released the pre-solicitation topics for their 2017 Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR)HSHQDC-FY17-SBIR-PreSolicitation.

The pre-solicitation period for this SBIR is from December 1, 2016 through December 14, 2016. During the pre-solicitation period, technical questions about the topics can be made to the Technical Point of Contact (POC) for each topic that is listed in the topic areas. During this pre-solicitation period, interested parties may contact topic authors via email to ask technical questions about the topics.

DHS topics include:

  • Enhanced Agent Situational Awareness in Dismounted, Low Light/Adverse Conditions
  • Video Analytics for Homeland Security Missions
  • Do Not Spoof Services for Modern Telephony
  • Identity Verification & Validation for Mobile Networks Authentication Enhancement
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Missions
  • Wearable Chemical Sensor Badge
  • Over-the-air Authentication Technology for Messaging via Emergency Alerts

DNDO topics include the following:

  • Accelerated Crystal-Size Scale-Up Development of Thallium-based, High Efficiency, Dual or Tri-Mode Elpasolite Scintillator
  • Unattended Radiation Detection System

Specific details for each topic are included in this Appendix A.

 

DHS Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA

DHS has released the Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA, HSHQDN-16-R-0002.  This BAA solicits proposals in the “area of Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism that may lead to a dramatic improvement in national capabilities in nuclear/radiological threat detection and interdiction and in nuclear forensics capabilities.”

Technologies or methodologies are of interest that can “dramatically improve the national capability to detect and report attempts to import or transport a nuclear device, SNM, or radiological material outside of regulatory control.” These technologies ad methodologies are divided into the following research topic areas:

  • RTA-01: Advancements in Low-Cost Plastic Scintillators for Gamma Detection
  • RTA-02: Approaches for Advanced Continuous Monitoring of Radiological/Nuclear Threats by Law Enforcement Vehicles
  • RTA-03: Development of Accelerators with Applications to Homeland Security
  • RTA-04: Modeling to Improve Risk Assessment and Encounter Dynamics in Challenging (non-Port/Point of Entry) Pathways
  • RTA-05: Development of Materials to Support Fundamental Nuclear Data Targets and Nuclear Forensics Reference Materials

Four page white papers on the above are due by September 14, 2016.  Evaluations by DHS will either encouraging or discouraging submission of a full proposal.

DHS Update to 2014 S&T LRBAA

DHS Science & Technology Directorate has added the below Borders and Maritime Security Division topics to for the 2014 S&T LRBAA. Five page White papers are due by December 31, 2018.

BMD 1.9 – Counter Unmanned Ariel Systems (CUAS) Detection, Track, and Classification: Unmanned Ariel Systems can represent a threat to people, critical infrastructure, and border alike. Technologies and methods to detect, track, and classify UAS’s in complex environments, including the determination of intent. Proposals can be submitted to test existing systems or to develop an advanced capability.

BMD 1.10 – Unmanned Ariel Systems Mitigation: Conventional weapons have been designed to locate and destroy targets; however, none have been developed and used to engage small, slow, maneuverable UASs in a complex and populated environment. Technologies and methods to detect, track, and classify UAS’s in city environments, including the determination of intent. Proposals can be submitted to test existing systems or to develop an advanced capability. Proposals can be submitted to test existing systems or to develop an advanced capability.

BMD 1.11 – This program develops technologies to enhance security while expediting the flow of legitimate trade and travel. The program will work to reduce the risk of terrorists and transnational criminal organizations from exploiting lawful international travel, cargo and conveyances for illegal smuggling of people and contraband. The program will also take a cost effective approach to implementing technologies and capabilities to ensure the security and expediency of travelers entering and exiting the U.S.

BMD 1.12 – Analyze current operations, and implement technologies and process enhancements to existing airport operations, to increase CBP’s capability to expedite screening of travelers. Develop recommended approaches and implement improvements in processes and/or technologies for cost effective and integrated biometric, biographic, behavioral, or other capabilities to support transformation of the inspection process and facilitate increased travel and tourism. This will include, but is not limited to, traveler queuing optimization, enhanced/improved screening tactics/techniques/procedures, next-generation Federal Inspection Service inspections, development of inspection metrics and analytics, integrated customs and agriculture baggage inspection, and evaluations of officer-systems performance.

DHS Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA

DHS has released a BAA on Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism.  The BAA number is BAA15-101.  Proposals are sought on the following three topic areas:

  • RTA-01: Optimization for Low-Cost, Post-Growth, Processing and Packaging of Scintillators and Semiconductor Crystals
  • RTA-02: Strategies, Techniques, Tools and Concepts of Operations for Enhanced Steady State Operations
  • RTA-03: Radiographic Platform Agnostic Automatic Threat Detection Algorithms

Initial 4 page white papers are due September 18, 2015.

DHS Standoff Explosives Detection on Vehicles (SED-V) BAA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a BAA on Standoff Explosives Detection on Vehicles (SED-V).  This program “will develop non-contact, near real-time detection technologies for federal facility protection. Technologies will be designed to screen potential vehicleand person-borne threats in both fixed and portable checkpoint configurations. Solutions for standoff explosives detection and identification will be realized through emerging optical techniques, such as Raman and Infrared Reflectance Spectroscopy. The feasibility of using such techniques has previously been demonstrated for a variety of relevant trace explosive materials.”

This is a two step BAA with white papers required in the first step.  Based on evaluations, selected white will result in encouraged full proposals.  Any submitter of a white paper may also submit a full proposal.  White papers are due by July 30, 2015.

DHS Exploratory Research in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism BAA

DHS is planning a future BAA on research in preventing nuclear and radiological terrorism.  The announcement is for planning purposes only.  The following is from the announcement:

“In December 2015, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Office of Procurement Operations (OPO), Domestic Nuclear Detection Office Acquisition Division (DNDOAD), will seek proposals for the Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) for Exploratory Research (ER) and Call for Proposals (CFP) program in direct support of the DNDO mission. The BAA will solicit proposals in Preventing Nuclear and Radiological Terrorism. The BAA will be issued to private industry that may team/subcontract with other companies, organizations and institutions to include FFRDCs, UARCs, and other Federally-funded Government activities, as appropriate, to best utilize individual strengths.”

DHS First Responders Group BAA

The First Responder Group of the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate have released Call 0003 to BAA 13-012.  Proposals are due for this call on June 19, 2015 by 4:00 p.m. EST.

The following are the Call topics:

  • Self-Detecting and Decontaminating Personal Protective Equipment
  • Integration of Field-Based Hazard Detection Output
  • Simultaneous Radio Transmissions for Greater Situational Awareness
  • Limited English Proficiency Text to 9-1-1

It is anticipated that there will be 1 award for each topic area, though multiple awards may be made depending on the quality of proposals, funding requests and availability of funds.  Awards are anticipated to be made in the 4th quarter of fiscal year 2015.  FBO solicitation number is HSHQDC-13-R-B0012.

DHS Resilient Research and Development BAA

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has released a Resilient Systems Division wide BAA.  No white papers or proposals are being requested at this time, but will be requested in the future through amendments to the BAA posted on www.fbo.gov under opportunity RSD BAA HSHQDC-15-R-B0002.

Total funding is anticipated to be $45M over 5 years.  The number of awards will depend on the responses and requested research.

Research areas that may be solicited in the future include:

  •  Critical Infrastructure Safety & Security
  • Improve Response Agility & Recovery Capacity
  • Understand, Manage, & Adapt to Evolving Risks
  • Behavioral and Social Science

The above are only representative and may change in the future.

 

DHS Human Factors Engineering RFI

This is a Request for Information, not a Broad Agency Announcement, for information on Human Factors Engineering.  It is from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.  In addition to the RFI, a statement of work is also provided.

White papers should be no longer than 5 pages and be e-mailed to Delonte.McKinney@tsa.dhs.gov by 1:00 pm ET on April 17, 2015.  The following should be in the subject line: “Response to Human Factors Engineering.”

The goals of the RFI are stated as the following:

  • identify approaches for optimizing performance;
  • enhance safety and usability when the human interacts with their work environment;
  • provide design criteria to guide HFE implementation;
  • minimize human error through human-centered design;
  • enhance transportation security and performance by providing input to the design of human-centered automation and interfaces that help prevent operator error and increase detection;
  • develop decision support tools;
  • support training;
  • enhance team and organizational practices;
  • ensure acceptable workload levels;
  • investigate and implement strategies to maintain TSO vigilance while decreasing fatigue;
  • improve screening efficiency;
  • lower cost of ownership;
  • develop tools and metrics for the evaluation of human performance;
  • develop mitigation strategies to combat performance decrements;
  • advance the fundamental understanding of how screeners process information, make decisions and collaborate with colleagues, passengers, and systems.