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Friday, March 5th, 2021

DHS to hold informational event for canine training experts

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) will host an event for people interested in learning about funding opportunities in the detection canine field.

The event, which is focused on advancing detection canine research and development, is part of a nationwide series for innovators and experts in a variety of fields called the Technology and Innovation Exchanges. This canine event will be held on Dec. 10 from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Center for Innovative Technology in Herndon, Va.

“Each TIES event is a unique opportunity for us to focus on important research areas related to a DHS operational mission and to connect with industry,” Megan Mahle, DHS S&T Director of Industry Partnerships, said. “We encourage innovators to join us and hear from leading experts in the detection canine field, learn about available business opportunities through DHS S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement, and network with representatives in this field.”

The event will seek to engage with detection canine innovators, researchers, and experts to develop tools and techniques to optimize training methods. Further, they would like to establish canine research to maximize the abilities of odor detection dogs and conduct studies on the chemistry of odor analysis and odor effects.

“We want to reach a broad spectrum of innovators to help us solve our most important detection canine research challenges,” Don Roberts, S&T’s Detection Canine Program Manager, said. “Through S&T business opportunities focused on funding innovation, industry can help us advance our knowledge in the fields of detection canine training methods, odor chemistry research, and maintaining a canine’s detection proficiency.”

This event is free and will be capped at 135 attendees. Interested parties can find more information by contacting the DHS S&T web site.