Current Solicitation
BAA 14-003 Call 0021
Creation of Bacterial Select Agent Repository and Test-Bed for DHS Assays

The mission of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), S&T/CBD is to provide technologies, methods, and solutions to enable the detection of biological agents of concern in a timely manner, and to identify the target agents with a high degree of confidence. As the threat of bioterrorism evolves, DHS intends to assess a wide spectrum of potential technologies that can enhance its capabilities. DHS's mission space includes preventing, detecting, responding to, and recovering from intentional or accidental introduction of biological and chemical agents which present a threat against the Nation's human population and critical infrastructure. To support this mission, DHS and its state and local partners have a need to quickly collect reliable information to enable a swift and confident response to a biological and/or chemical threat. The Chemical and Biological Defense (CBD) Division within DHS S&T is working toward developing detection assays for the identification of Bacterial Select Agents. Areas-of-responsibility associated with this BAA Call include the development, testing and validation, and long-term maintenance of the assays suite to ensure their reliability and accuracy.

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CBD.01 - Diagnostics and Agent Characterization

Research to develop rapid, robust, and affordable diagnostic tools to support detection, response, recovery, and real-time bio-surveillance and situational awareness. CBD's interest in diagnostics includes efforts in the areas of biological assays, sample preparation, advanced diagnostics (e.g. multiplex, high throughput, low-cost, field-deployable, complex sample matrices, multiple target types), and agent characterization of chemical or biological materials.

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CBD.02 - Surveillance and Detection

Advance the capability to provide early warning and detection of a chemical or biological incident in a cost-sustainable way. Effective surveillance provides essential information to decision authorities on a timescale that allows them to take actions towards mitigating or responding to the threat. Efforts in this area include bioinformatics, open area and facility surveillance through sensing and data integration, and development or improvement of chemical and biological sensors.

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Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
04/05/2017
Registration Deadline:
05/08/2017 03:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
05/08/2017 03:00 PM ET