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Monday, February 6th, 2023

DHS outlines Small Business Innovation Research 23.1 Pre-solicitation

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program has revealed the seven topics for its SBIR 23.1 Pre-solicitation.

“The SBIR program provides an opportunity for small businesses, including those that have never partnered with us before, to engage with DHS and make a real-world impact by addressing some of our most pressing homeland security challenges,” DHS SBIR Director Dusty Lang said. “These seven topics cover a wide range of areas, and we look forward to seeing what novel solutions these innovators generate.”

The SBIR 23.1 Pre-solicitation topics, per DHS, are accurate and real-time hardware-assisted detection of cyber attacks; air cargo manifest analysis to aid screeners; first responder credentialing; machine learning-based integration of alarm resolution sensors; mission-critical services server-to-server communication, voice communications, 3GPP-standards; reduced order modeling of critical infrastructure protect surfaces; and theoretical classification methodologies to enable detection with predicted signatures.

DHS noted technical questions should be directed to the technical point of contact for each topic, listed in the 23.1 SBIR Topic Areas document – adding small businesses have a deadline of 5 p.m. ET on Dec. 15, 2022 to submit questions.

DHS indicated the agency is encouraging small businesses to register for the “Who Understood the Assignment?” webinar slated for Dec. 13, 2022, at 2 p.m. ET. The live event will include Lang discussing the upcoming solicitation, as well as the requirements to participate in the program and how SBIR-developed technologies developed can support DHS component technology needs.