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On May 26th, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program announced that it would be making 29 Phase I awards totaling $4.2 million to 25 American small businesses. Each project will receive up to $150,000 to conduct proof of concept research over a five-month period. DHS SBIR program director, Dusty Lang, was quoted, “Innovative small businesses are vital contributors to the DHS mission…This is a great opportunity for the awardees of these Phase I SBIR contracts to explore the concept feasibility of the ideas they proposed.” 

The topics for the FY21 DHS SBIR Solicitation were developed by S&T to address needs of DHS as well as homeland security end users. The 29 contracts awarded were in the following topics: 

Non-Invasive Breathalyzer Detection System to Screen for Presence of Viral Respiratory Infections

5G and Wifi 6/6E Coexistence for Secure Federal Networks

Improved Curved Transparent Ceramic Structural Components

Vehicle Infectious Diseases Protection

Amphibious Extreme Terrain Vehicle (XTV) for Ice Rescue

Artificial Intelligence to Augment the 911 Telecommunicator Function

Software Supply Chain Identification for Compiled Binary Executables

Intelligent Document Design: Combating Industry Trends Incentivizing Weak Security

High Throughput Non-Ionizing Screening Capability for Identifying Contraband

Screening Sensor Technology as Part of Passenger Checked Luggage

Congratulations to all of the SBIR Phase I award recipients. 

To find out more about these suppliers or other SBIR award recipients, please visit the GovShop supplier database where you can search from over 2 million suppliers and filter for SBIR winners. 

To claim and edit your company’s GovShop profile, please visit the following link to create a free account. Or, you can click on the link to your company’s profile and find the “Claim This Profile” prompt on the top left of the page. 

To read the original press release from DHS S&T, please visit this link.