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Research Area
  • Securing Aviation
  • Protecting from Terrorist Attacks
  • Securing Borders
  • Securing Cyberspace
  • Preventing Terrorism
  • Managing Incidents
  • Securing Critical Infrastructure
Priority R&D Need
  • High-Throughput Cargo Screening
  • Cost-effective Electronic Imaging for Bulk Air Cargo
  • Passenger Identification and Vetting
  • Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
  • Distinguishing Threats from Non-threats on Passengers
  • Efficient and Accurate Detection of Complex Threat Concealment on Passengers and Carried Property
  • Personal Protective Equipment for all CBRNE Hazards
  • Modeling and Predictive Analytics for Decision Making
  • Disease and Biological Threat Detection, Identification, and Classification in Field Operational Environments
  • Biological Attack Verification
  • Cross-border Tunnel Detection, Surveillance, and Forensics
  • Infrastructure Tunnel Surveillance
  • Integrated and Improved Sensors, Systems, and Data
  • Actionable Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
  • Dark Aircraft and Vessel Detection, Tracking, and Interdiction
  • Expedited People Screening
  • Maritime Surveillance and Communications in Remote Environments
  • Distributed Cloud-based Communications and Monitoring - Associated/Related Efforts
  • Human Aspects of Cybersecurity-Associated/Related Efforts
  • Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
  • Mobile Security-Associated/Related Efforts
  • Critical Infrastructure - Associated/Related Efforts
  • Software Assurance - Associated/Related Efforts
  • Cyber Security Outreach - Associated/Related Efforts
  • Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement-Associated/Related Efforts
  • Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems Security
  • Organic Explosive Compound and Homemade Explosives Detection
  • Improvised Explosive Device-related Anomaly Detection
  • Automated Machine Learning
  • Prevention
  • Advanced Analytics
  • Situational Awareness
  • Communications
  • Command, Control, Communications
  • Training and Exercises
  • Responder Health, Safety, Performance
  • Logistics and Resource Management
  • Casualty Management
  • Risk Assessment and Planning
  • Intelligence and Investigation
  • Dependency and Interdependency Analysis
  • Risk-Informed Prioritization
Topic Keywords
  • Agricultural Pathogen
  • Algorithms
  • All-Hazard
  • Analysis
  • Big Data
  • Biometrics
  • Border Protection
  • Canine
  • Cargo
  • Checked Baggage
  • Child Exploitation
  • Classify
  • Communications
  • Contraband
  • Critical Infrastructure
  • Crowdsourcing
  • Cyber
  • Data
  • Data Analytics
  • Denial of Service
  • Detection
  • Diagnostics
  • Disaster
  • Explosives
  • Flood
  • Forensics
  • Human Trafficking
  • Identity
  • Incident Management
  • Infrastructure
  • Interdiction
  • Internet
  • Internet of Things
  • LMR
  • LTE
  • Locate
  • Managing Incidents
  • Mission Critical Voice
  • Mitigation
  • Mobile
  • Modeling & Simulation
  • Narcotics
  • Network
  • Opioids
  • P25
  • Physical Security
  • Policy
  • Position Navigation & Timing
  • Preventing Terrorism
  • Prevention
  • Privacy
  • Protection-Terrorist Attacks
  • Recognition
  • Resilience
  • Risk
  • Screening
  • Securing Aviation
  • Securing Borders
  • Securing Cyber
  • Security
  • Sensor
  • Situational Awareness
  • Social Media
  • Software
  • Terrorism
  • Test & Evaluation
  • Track
  • Training
  • UAS
  • Vaccine
  • Video
  • Virus
LRBAA TOPIC SEARCH RESULTS
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Cost-effective Electronic Imaging for Bulk Air Cargo
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 02-01
Topic Title:  Detect Explosives and Contraband in Air Cargo- Detect explosives and other contraband in Cargo skids and pallets
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums containing liquids. Sk ... more
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums containing liquids. Skids of cargo may be homogeneous, or could contain tens of small parcels or boxes from multiple vendors. Cargo screening is performed by private companies, so cost effective solutions are essential and software tools to assist the system operators to better detect anomalies in the cargo are important. Submitters must provide their development plan to produce mature systems which can scan full-size air cargo skids (48" x 48" x 65") at operational speed (at least 24 skids per hour), and ultimately cost under $500,000 as production units once development is completed. Proposed scanners must be able to cope with the wide varieties of air cargo, as described above. Standards for screening air cargo require updating and additional definition based on the diversity or types of air cargo. Submitters must provide a plan to develop appropriate test standards for testing cargo screening equipment. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Develop low cost screening systems that can detect explosives and other contraband in air cargo skids and pallets.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Non-availability of a low cost 3D skid scanning systems; Increasing volume of goods due to e-commerce that necessitate faster screening without losing detection ability; Poor environmental factors for location of screening equipment; and Extended operational hours, need for high MTBF and low MTTR factors

Transition Opportunities:

Air cargo screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities. Systems that pass TSA tests will be added to their Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). Private Air Cargo screening companies are only allowed to use systems on the ACSTL.

Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Cost-effective Electronic Imaging for Bulk Air Cargo
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 02-02
Topic Title:  Detect Explosives and Contraband in Air Cargo- High Penetration Screening Capability for Dense (consolidated) Air Cargo Skids
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on both dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is also transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums of liquids. S ... more
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on both dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is also transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums of liquids. Skids of cargo may be homogeneous, or could contain tens of small parcels or boxes from multiple vendors. Cargo screening is performed by private companies, so cost effective solutions are essential and software tools to assist the system operators to better detect anomalies in the cargo are important. Submitters must provide their development plan to produce systems which can scan full-size air cargo skids (48" x 48" x 65") at speeds exceeding 24 skids per hour and which will provide imaging of dense cargo. Proposed scanners must be able to cope with the wide varieties of air cargo as described above. Proposals for automated explosive threat recognition algorithms to be hosted on these cargo skid scanners are also invited. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Air cargo skid screening solutions which are less than $500,000.00 (US) in production quantities.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Non-availability of a low cost 3D skid scanning systems; Increasing volume of goods due to e-commerce that necessitate faster screening without losing detection ability; Poor environmental factors for location of screening equipment; Extended operational hours, need for high MTBF and low MTTR factors

Transition Opportunities:

Air cargo screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities. Systems that pass TSA tests will be added to their Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). Private Air Cargo screening companies are only allowed to use systems on the ACSTL..

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Cost-effective Electronic Imaging for Bulk Air Cargo
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 02-03
Topic Title:  Detect Explosives and Contraband in Air Cargo- Algorithms and Detection Systems
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on both dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is also transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums of liquids. S ... more
Air cargo screening is challenging because of the diversity in the commerce transported and the complexity of the supply chain. Some air cargo is transported on both dedicated cargo aircraft, but a significant amount is also transported on passenger aircraft. Cargo diversity presents screening challenges because systems must be capable of screening a variety of items from organic material such as flowers, fresh or frozen meats, to metal parts or metal drums of liquids. Skids of cargo may be homogeneous, or could contain tens of small parcels or boxes from multiple vendors. Cargo screening is performed by private companies, so cost effective solutions are essential and software tools to assist the system operators to better detect anomalies in the cargo are important. Submitters must provide their development plan to produce systems which can scan full-size air cargo skids (48" x 48" x 65") at speeds exceeding 24 skids per hour and which will provide imaging of dense cargo. In addition to explosives, there is a growing interest in detecting contraband such as opioids which may be hidden in air cargo. The government is interested in developing dual-use systems which may detect both explosives and illicit cargo. Proposals for automated explosive threat recognition algorithms to be hosted on these cargo skid scanners are also invited. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

High penetration screening capability for dense (consolidated) air cargo skids.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Non-availability of a low cost 3D skid scanning systems; Increasing volume of goods due to e-commerce that necessitate faster screening without losing detection ability; Poor environmental factors for location of screening equipment; Extended operational hours, need for high MTBF and low MTTR factors>

Transition Opportunities:

Air cargo screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities. Systems that pass TSA tests will be added to their Air Cargo Screening Technology List (ACSTL). Private Air Cargo screening companies are only allowed to use systems on the ACSTL.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Passenger Identification and Vetting
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 03-01
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Passenger Screening Technologies
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 

The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies ... more

The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies that assist in screening three hundred or more passengers per hour with minimal need for divestiture of headwear, footwear or personal items. Technologies shall contribute to a system of systems that provides detection at TSA's highest security detection standards. Technologies would ideally be capable of adapting or upgrading quickly to respond to emerging threats. Of highest interest are technologies that contribute to a system of systems that can adapt dynamically to TSA-provided individual risk assessments. Technologies shall be networkable and support cybersecurity best practices.

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Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The checkpoint of the future seeks to improve the passenger experience while enhancing detection capabilities. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may be acquired through TSA's Passenger Screening Program. These systems may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-01
Topic Title:  Detection Canines- Canine Structure and Function
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Canine R&D Structure and Function, part of the program focusing on the more basic understanding of canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of this detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods.
Canine R&D Structure and Function, part of the program focusing on the more basic understanding of canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of this detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

Tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) detection canine teams.

TRL Sought:  4-6
TRL at Conclusion:  7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Detection Canine Technologies: Development of non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids with a specific focus on pure odor materials, not pseudo scents. Detection focus not limited to explosive threats but to include all detection canine threat vectors including narcotics, human detection, cadaver detection, infectious disease detection, and currency, for example. Operational efficacy, safety and cost are major metrics of success. Technologies and methodologies that advance detection canine performance in controlled and operational environments representative of the Homeland Security Enterprise at the federal, state and local level and facilitate scientifically significant data capture through independent operational test and evaluation. Specific focus on studies and training protocols that facilitate the reduction in the number of trained odors required for comprehensive canine detection proficiency. Canine R&D to support better understanding of the canine structure and function to include canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of the detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods.

S&T goals are to provide our customer base - TSA and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) - with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/HSE detection canine teams. Provide an enduring research and development capability to the Homeland Security Enterprise with a unique focal point and knowledge base for detection canines by establishing a scientifically rigorous, statistically significant approach for the detection canine community that is currently absent in the industry.

Transition Opportunities:

The potential exists for licensing and commercialization of non-hazardous canine training aids that may serve the over 16,000 detection canine teams nationwide across all threat disciplines. Knowledge products and methodologies have been successful in receiving patents and facilitated various levels of commercialized products.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-02
Topic Title:  Detection Canines- Development and Testing of Canine Training Aids
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Development and Testing of Canine Training Aids, specifically targeting the creation of low cost, non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids, with state-of-the-art laboratory technology for odor validation to the level of canine detection. The program is also interested in odor generalization analysis studies to reduce requisite numbers of trained odors.
Development and Testing of Canine Training Aids, specifically targeting the creation of low cost, non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids, with state-of-the-art laboratory technology for odor validation to the level of canine detection. The program is also interested in odor generalization analysis studies to reduce requisite numbers of trained odors. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II
End Objective:

Tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) detection canine teams.

TRL Sought:  4-6
TRL at Conclusion:  7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Detection Canine Technologies: Development of non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids with a specific focus on pure odor materials, not pseudo scents. Detection focus not limited to explosive threats but to include all detection canine threat vectors including narcotics, human detection, cadaver detection, infectious disease detection, and currency, for example. Operational efficacy, safety and cost are major metrics of success. Technologies and methodologies that advance detection canine performance in controlled and operational environments representative of the Homeland Security Enterprise at the federal, state and local level and facilitate scientifically significant data capture through independent operational test and evaluation. Specific focus on studies and training protocols that facilitate the reduction in the number of trained odors required for comprehensive canine detection proficiency. Canine R&D to support better understanding of the canine structure and function to include canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of the detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods.

S&T goals are to provide our customer base - TSA and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) - with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/HSE detection canine teams. Provide an enduring research and development capability to the Homeland Security Enterprise with a unique focal point and knowledge base for detection canines by establishing a scientifically rigorous, statistically significant approach for the detection canine community that is currently absent in the industry.

Transition Opportunities:

The potential exists for licensing and commercialization of non-hazardous canine training aids that may serve the over 16,000 detection canine teams nationwide across all threat disciplines. Knowledge products and methodologies have been successful in receiving patents and facilitated various levels of commercialized products.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-03
Topic Title:  Detection Canines- Canine Test and Evaluation
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Development and Testing of Canine Training Aids, specifically targeting the creation of low cost, non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids, with state-of-the-art laboratory technology for odor validation to the level of canine detection. The Program is also interested in odor generalization analysis studies to reduce requisite numbers of trained odors.
Development and Testing of Canine Training Aids, specifically targeting the creation of low cost, non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids, with state-of-the-art laboratory technology for odor validation to the level of canine detection. The Program is also interested in odor generalization analysis studies to reduce requisite numbers of trained odors. less
Topic Research Type:  Type III
End Objective:

Tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) detection canine teams.

TRL Sought:  7-8
TRL at Conclusion:  8
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Detection Canine Technologies: Development of non-hazardous emerging threat and conventional explosive training aids with a specific focus on pure odor materials, not pseudo scents. Detection focus not limited to explosive threats but to include all detection canine threat vectors including narcotics, human detection, cadaver detection, infectious disease detection, and currency, for example. Operational efficacy, safety and cost are major metrics of success. Technologies and methodologies that advance detection canine performance in controlled and operational environments representative of the Homeland Security Enterprise at the federal, state and local level and facilitate scientifically significant data capture through independent operational test and evaluation. Specific focus on studies and training protocols that facilitate the reduction in the number of trained odors required for comprehensive canine detection proficiency. Canine R&D to support better understanding of the canine structure and function to include canine behavior, genetics, olfaction and cognition of the detector to improve operational efficiencies and training methods.

S&T goals are to provide our customer base - TSA and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) - with the tools, techniques, and knowledge to better understand, train, and utilize the detection canine, and improve proficiency of the DHS/HSE detection canine teams. Provide an enduring research and development capability to the Homeland Security Enterprise with a unique focal point and knowledge base for detection canines by establishing a scientifically rigorous, statistically significant approach for the detection canine community that is currently absent in the industry.

Transition Opportunities:

The potential exists for licensing and commercialization of non-hazardous canine training aids that may serve the over 16,000 detection canine teams nationwide across all threat disciplines. Knowledge products and methodologies have been successful in receiving patents and facilitated various levels of commercialized products.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-04
Topic Title:  Explosive Detection in Checked Baggage- Advanced Algorithms and System Integration
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Development and maturation of threat detection and false alarm reduction algorithms, for explosives, their precursors, and/or other prohibited items; the integration of these algorithms into operational or prototype systems; and demonstration of these algorithms in real time operation. The algorithms should be deployable to improve performance of existing or future EDS systems.
Development and maturation of threat detection and false alarm reduction algorithms, for explosives, their precursors, and/or other prohibited items; the integration of these algorithms into operational or prototype systems; and demonstration of these algorithms in real time operation. The algorithms should be deployable to improve performance of existing or future EDS systems. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II
End Objective:

The Checked Baggage Program seeks to improve detection capabilities of currently deployed EDS systems as well as create novel approaches to solve explosive detection. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checked baggage scenarios (check point scenarios, other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. In particular, reductions in false alarm rate are a huge opportunity for operational cost savings. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Successfully developed algorithms and software that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may be candidates for usage at over 5,000 airports, scanning over 1.3 million pieces of checked luggage daily, across the country. As even small improvements in false alarm rates can save TSA millions of dollars annually, transition of successful developments is well-motivated. Transition would be to TSA's Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (ORCA) or other appropriate office. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations. Screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-05
Topic Title:  Explosive Detection in Checked Baggage- Development and Maturation of System Components and Subsystems
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Development and maturation of system components (such as X-ray Sources and Detectors) with performance and advanced characteristics necessary to evolve laboratory and experimental prototypes into full up X-ray system designs able to meet the Advanced X-ray Systems requirements. This includes multi-energy and spectroscopic array-capable detectors, sources which support adaptive and diffractive imaging, and general improvements in efficiency and resolution. Components ma ... more
Development and maturation of system components (such as X-ray Sources and Detectors) with performance and advanced characteristics necessary to evolve laboratory and experimental prototypes into full up X-ray system designs able to meet the Advanced X-ray Systems requirements. This includes multi-energy and spectroscopic array-capable detectors, sources which support adaptive and diffractive imaging, and general improvements in efficiency and resolution. Components may be used upgrade existing systems or serve as key elements of novel system design. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II
End Objective:

The Checked Baggage Program seeks to improve detection capabilities of currently deployed EDS systems as well as create novel approaches to solve explosive detection. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checked baggage scenarios (check point scenarios, other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in system components which minimize the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

System components that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may be candidates for inclusion in systems at over 5,000 airports, scanning over 1.3 million pieces of checked luggage daily, across the country. As even small improvements in false alarm rates can save TSA millions of dollars annually, transition of successful developments is well-motivated. Transition would be to TSA's Office of Requirements and Capabilities Analysis (ORCA) or other appropriate office. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations. Screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-06
Topic Title:  Explosive Detection in Checked Baggage- Advanced X-Ray System Development
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Development and testing of full up system engineering design models (EDMs) (TRL 6-7 level of maturity). The goal is to achieve a significantly enhanced capability to robustly detect explosive threats, reduce primary baggage screening false alarm rates on all explosive threat classes, and increase passenger baggage screening throughput under real life operating conditions. The government seeks novel system concepts or novel improvements to existing system designs which w ... more
Development and testing of full up system engineering design models (EDMs) (TRL 6-7 level of maturity). The goal is to achieve a significantly enhanced capability to robustly detect explosive threats, reduce primary baggage screening false alarm rates on all explosive threat classes, and increase passenger baggage screening throughput under real life operating conditions. The government seeks novel system concepts or novel improvements to existing system designs which will deliver enhanced operational performance. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II
End Objective:

The Checked Baggage Program seeks to improve detection capabilities of currently deployed systems as well as create novel approaches to solve explosive detection. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checked baggage scenarios (check point scenarios, other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  3-4
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may be candidates for airport usage across the country. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations. Screening solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Rapid Detection and Alarming of Explosives
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 04-07
Topic Title:  Explosive Detection in Checked Baggage- Test and Evaluation
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Third-party test and evaluation capabilities relevant to aviation security and similar environments. Test articles which provide meaningful simulation of the checked baggage explosive detection environment. Analytical capabilities which will allow rapid, meaningful determination of system performance and provide direction for future system development. Specialized modeling and simulation capabilities that inform and support testing and evaluation activities are also of ... more
Third-party test and evaluation capabilities relevant to aviation security and similar environments. Test articles which provide meaningful simulation of the checked baggage explosive detection environment. Analytical capabilities which will allow rapid, meaningful determination of system performance and provide direction for future system development. Specialized modeling and simulation capabilities that inform and support testing and evaluation activities are also of interest. less
Topic Research Type:  Type III
End Objective:

The Checked Baggage Program seeks to improve detection capabilities of currently deployed EDS systems as well as create novel approaches to solve explosive detection. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checked baggage scenarios (check point scenarios, other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  9
TRL at Conclusion:  9
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T routinely performs feasibility analysis and developmental testing at a small number of locations. As these locations have to prioritize operational evaluation of equipment as directed by TSA, testing availability for S&T projects and vendors is sometimes limited. S&T is interested in technological developments that expands third-party testing opportunities in a regular and standardized fashion. S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to the testing of multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems or test articles that allowing meaningful testing to occur may transition to TSL or be used by the government on a routine recurring basis consistent with program development cycles and test opportunities. Additionally, qualified test articles and system may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security development needs in other nations. Solutions must complete Operational Test and Evaluation (OT&E) at Government facilities.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Distinguishing Threats from Non-threats on Passengers
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 05-01
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Passenger Analysis
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies t ... more
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies that identify and assess the security risk presented by passengers at the aviation checkpoint. These technologies may be intended for deployment within the immediate checkpoint, or in a more distributed fashion throughout an airport or similar venue. All systems should conform to cybersecurity best practices and support capabilities to enable risk-based screening as well as TSA's Security Technology Integration Program (STIP). less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The checkpoint of the future seeks to improve the passenger experience while enhancing detection capabilities. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes proposals regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Efficient and Accurate Detection of Complex Threat Concealment on Passengers and Carried Property
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 06-01
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Accessible Property Screening
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies t ... more
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks hardware and software technologies that screen the accessible property of three hundred or more passengers per hour with minimal need for the separation of liquids, aerosols, gels, or electronics from baggage. Technologies shall contribute to a system of systems that provides detection at TSA's highest security detection standards. These technologies would be able to be certified to TSA's Accessible Property Screening System standards standalone or when integrated with other systems. Technologies would ideally be capable of adapting or upgrading quickly to respond to emerging threats. Of highest interest are technologies that contribute to a system of systems that can adapt dynamically to TSA-provided individual risk assessments. All systems should conform to cybersecurity best practices and support capabilities to enable risk-based screening as well as TSA's Security Technology Integration Program (STIP). less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

S&T seeks systems that can meet or exceed TSA's Accessible Property Screening System security standards, and significantly accelerate the overall throughput of accessible property. This acceleration may come from a reduction in the current need to divest certain items (electronics, liquids, aerosols, gels, etc.) from bags, a reduction of false alarms, faster processing, improved human-systems integration with Transportation Security Officers, or other means. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Efficient and Accurate Detection of Complex Threat Concealment on Passengers and Carried Property
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 06-02
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Enabling Capabilities
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks component technologies that improve ... more
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks component technologies that improve the overall capabilities of traditional checkpoint systems and their operators. These upgrades, complements, or add-ons to systems may bolster an existing capability (such as passenger screening systems or accessible property screening systems), add a new and orthogonal capability, or improve the passenger or operator experience while maintaining current security capabilities. Unique research materials to alter existing security systems should be bolstered by engagement and support with the appropriate vendors. All systems should conform to cybersecurity best practices and support capabilities to enable risk-based screening as well as TSA's Security Technology Integration Program (STIP). less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The checkpoint of the future seeks to improve the passenger experience while enhancing detection capabilities. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. S&T's challenge is to deliver systems that can be maintained, adapted, and upgraded in an efficient manner. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Efficient and Accurate Detection of Complex Threat Concealment on Passengers and Carried Property
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 06-03
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Security Architecture
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

Current checkpoints consist of sensors (X-ray ... more
The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

Current checkpoints consist of sensors (X-ray systems, bottled liquid scanners, passenger screening systems, explosive trace detection systems, etc.) that operate relatively independently. S&T seeks designs and implementation plans for gaining improved performance by integrating existing or future security capabilities into a system of systems. Proposed architectures may have creative means to combine layouts, primary screening modalities, secondary screening and alarm resolution capabilities, distributed sensors, analytics, data from beyond the traditional checkpoint, and other parameters that improve the overall security posture. Performance upgrades may encompass improved security, throughput, passenger experience, reliability, or other factors. All components should conform to cybersecurity best practices and support capabilities to enable risk-based screening as well as TSA's Security Technology Integration Program (STIP). less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The checkpoint of the future seeks to improve the passenger experience while enhancing detection capabilities. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture. The end objective includes systems that are interconnected to collect and utilize security data more effectively to meet TSA's highest security standards at throughputs of 300+ passengers per lane, per hour. The systems will also more efficiently occupy space at the checkpoint to optimize value per square foot.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is challenged to move from the current "standalone" architecture employed at the checkpoint to a more efficient, integrated concept. To meet the challenge, S&T needs to maintain data integrity, cybersecurity, and effective analytics in modular configurations that can be adapted, upgraded, and reconfigured based on evolving operational requirements. S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Aviation (SEC AVN)
Priority R&D Need:  Efficient and Accurate Detection of Complex Threat Concealment on Passengers and Carried Property
Topic Number:  SEC AVN 06-04
Topic Title:  Screening at Speed- Test and Evaluation
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 

The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks third-party test and evaluati ... more

The Apex Screening at Speed Program is pursuing transformative R&D activities that support a future vision for increasing security effectiveness while dramatically reducing wait times and improving the passenger experience. These future capabilities will be interconnected through non-proprietary interfaces in a system of systems that is more secure, efficient, flexible, and adaptable than currently deployed sensors.

S&T seeks third-party test and evaluation checkpoint capabilities relevant to aviation security and similar environments to accelerate the certification and deployment of checkpoint screening systems under TSA's Passenger Screening Program and Electronic Baggage Screening Program. Specialized modeling and simulation capabilities that inform, accelerate, develop and support testing and evaluation activities are also of interest.

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Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The checkpoint of the future seeks to improve the passenger experience while enhancing detection capabilities. While the primary focus of the portfolio is on aviation security, technologies that also apply to other checkpoint scenarios (other modes of transportation, special events, etc.) are of interest as well. S&T understands that 'silver bullet' technologies that solve all possible threat scenarios are unlikely, and welcomes unique research materials regarding new capabilities that address specific threats within a broader system-of-systems security architecture.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transportation Security Administration (TSA)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

S&T is especially interested in technology that minimizes the Government's lifecycle costs and facilitates integration in a modular fashion. As such, S&T may prioritize the development of technology that better leverages open architectures, interfaces, and standards, or has additional utility in other markets that drive more favorable economies of scale. Technology that can readily adapt to multiple concepts of operations (e.g., to different threat environments, requirements for throughput, passenger risk assessments, etc.) is of special interest.

Transition Opportunities:

Systems that meet or exceed TSA's demanding security standards for aviation may also be candidates for venues such as critical buildings, stadiums, and other modes of transportation. Additionally, TSA-qualified screening systems may adapt with minimal modification to aviation security needs in other nations.

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Securing Aviation
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Protecting from Terrorist Attacks (PROT)
Priority R&D Need:  Disease and Biological Threat Detection, Identification, and Classification in Field Operational Environments
Topic Number:  PROT 03-01
Topic Title:  Foreign Animal Disease Vaccines and Diagnostics.
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Apply biological-based, pathogen agnostic medical countermeasure vaccine and diagnostic platforms to develop foreign animal and emerging zoonotic livestock disease vaccines and diagnostic assays candidates for testing and evaluation. Provide conceptual design and implementation strategies for modeling and analysis of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic livestock disease pathogens (at regional and national scales). Product candidates are strongly recommended to have indu ... more
Apply biological-based, pathogen agnostic medical countermeasure vaccine and diagnostic platforms to develop foreign animal and emerging zoonotic livestock disease vaccines and diagnostic assays candidates for testing and evaluation. Provide conceptual design and implementation strategies for modeling and analysis of foreign animal and emerging zoonotic livestock disease pathogens (at regional and national scales). Product candidates are strongly recommended to have industry involvement, and meet USDA CVB, National Veterinary Stockpile and/or National Animal Health Laboratory Network requirements (as applicable). less
Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

Expanding countermeasure discovery and development of new and emerging animal and zoonotic infectious diseases using cutting edge broad spectrum vaccines, and metaphylactic and biotherapeutic technologies. Developing end-user friendly, rapid diagnostic platforms for agricultural pathogens.

TRL Sought:  3-5
TRL at Conclusion:  6-7
Transition Customer or Program:

PIADC-USDA-DHS, APHIS, NBAF

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

New and improved animal pathogen vaccine platforms expressing multiple antigenic determinants to reduce the scope and number of individual vaccines (i.e., covering multiple serotypes to reduce the necessary number of vaccines that are needed for agricultural linked diseases. Improved and end-user friendly, portable and hand-held rapid detection and surveillance platforms and devices are also needed to provide front-line personnel the ability to screen and detect various viral diseases in livestock. S&T Challenges and Capability Gaps include few or no efforts to develop countermeasures on new and emerging animal and zoonotic diseases, or efforts on other veterinary species of agricultural importance with respect to transboundary animal diseases (e.g., ovine, caprine, avian). There are few or no efforts to develop veterinary adjuvant, and there is a lack of robust, next-generation adjuvant development programs for lead vaccine platforms. There is also a lack of countermeasure development projects focused on lead optimization, broad spectrum metaphylactic or biotherapeutic candidates for animal diseases. Finally, there is a requirement for end-user-friendly, rapid diagnostics and detection and surveillance methods and platforms for foreign animal diseases and zoonoses.

Transition Opportunities:

Transition opportunities include multiple Federal and State agencies with responsibilities for the monitoring, protection (vaccinations and countermeasures), detection and surveillance against foreign animal diseases. DHS-PIADC-USDA, NBAF, APHIS, State Agricultural Agencies.

Supporting Information and Links:

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Protecting from Terrorist Attacks
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Borders (SEC BORD)
Priority R&D Need:  Actionable Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
Topic Number:  SEC BORD 04-01
Topic Title:  Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Improvements in this capability can include: (1)Research, development, tools, and technologies to improve the detection, analysis, and understanding of human trafficking, including contextual factors that may influence incidences and patterns of human trafficking; (2)knowledge to better understand human trafficking as a process and its impacts on individuals, communities, the United States, and the systems within; and (3)gap analysis to identify aspects of human traffic ... more
Improvements in this capability can include: (1)Research, development, tools, and technologies to improve the detection, analysis, and understanding of human trafficking, including contextual factors that may influence incidences and patterns of human trafficking; (2)knowledge to better understand human trafficking as a process and its impacts on individuals, communities, the United States, and the systems within; and (3)gap analysis to identify aspects of human trafficking (victims or perpetrators) in greatest need of empirical research. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

Advance operationally-relevant, end-user focused applied social and behavioral science research that will enable decision makers, inform policy makers, and assist operational partners in mitigating the human and monetary costs of human trafficking.

TRL Sought:  1-3
TRL at Conclusion:  3
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Blue Campaign, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, Customs and Border Protection, DHS Policy/Trade Policy

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

The Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery program will pursue evidence-based research to address the growing phenomenon of human trafficking. Worldwide there are an estimated 20.9 million victims of human trafficking, comprising an industry worth more than $150 billion in illegal profits. Given the scale, evolving nature, and complexity of human trafficking, combatting the problem poses a significant challenge, particularly for those on the front lines.

Transition Opportunities:

Opportunities for higher return on investment include leveraging and integrating findings and lessons learned to improve efficiency of operational components.

Supporting Information and Links:

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Securing Borders
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Borders (SEC BORD)
Priority R&D Need:  Actionable Intelligence Gathering and Sharing
Topic Number:  SEC BORD 04-02
Topic Title:  Non-Intrusive Screening of Cargo and Bulk Packages to Detect Synthetic Opioids and Other Illicit Drugs
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The ability to non-intrusively screen cargo, containers, or bulk packaged materials to detect synthetic opioids and other illicit drugs being smuggled into the United States at Border Ports of Entry (BPE) and International Mail Facilities (IMFs). Topic seeks technologies that result in improvements to screening capabilities for end-users to include (1)advanced technologies that offer three-dimensional imaging; (2)technologies that will enable end-users to discriminate il ... more
The ability to non-intrusively screen cargo, containers, or bulk packaged materials to detect synthetic opioids and other illicit drugs being smuggled into the United States at Border Ports of Entry (BPE) and International Mail Facilities (IMFs). Topic seeks technologies that result in improvements to screening capabilities for end-users to include (1)advanced technologies that offer three-dimensional imaging; (2)technologies that will enable end-users to discriminate illicit materials from lawful materials; and (3)technologies that enable end-users to continue normal operations with minimal disruption to flow of commerce. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II
End Objective:

A technology that improves non-intrusive screening capabilities to detect and interdict illicit drugs with minimal disruption to the flow of commerce, is likely to be adopted by end-users, and has a path to transition and/or commercialization.

TRL Sought:  5-7
TRL at Conclusion:  7-9
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

The President's Commission on Combatting Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis final report recommended that DHS use additional technologies to detect and intercept synthetic opioids, like fentanyl, and other illicit drugs. The magnitude and urgency of the opioid crisis demands that S&T take an innovative approach to develop near-term deployable solutions that impact the supply of opioids entering the United States. The chemical and physical properties of synthetic opioids make detecting them in obscured bulk samples in an operational environment technically difficult. This topic seeks technologies that can improve the ability for end-users to rapidly scan cargo, containers, and other bulk packaged materials to detect synthetic opioids and other drugs, to include: (1)advanced technologies that offer three-dimensional imaging; (2)technologies that will enable end-users to discriminate illicit materials from lawful materials; and (3)technologies that enable end-users to continue normal operations with minimal disruption to flow of commerce.

Offerors should consider the operational environment of DHS end-users at BPE and IMFs and factors that would facilitate successful transition/adoption. These factors include, but are not limited to, training and usability, ease of integration into existing operational environments, lifecycle costs, and reliability. These considerations should be part of an Offeror's transition strategy.

Transition Opportunities:

Opportunities for higher return on investment include patents and licenses and/or commercialization.

Supporting Information and Links:

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Securing Borders
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Human Aspects of Cybersecurity-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 02-01
Topic Title:  Identity Management
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Research and development of architectures, technologies and processes needed to enhance the security and trustworthiness of systems and services.
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Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Architectures, technologies and processes needed to enhance the security and trustworthiness of systems and services.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Homeland Security Enterprise

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address challenges faced by organizations across the following identity management components:

  • User Sign-In covering issuance, authentication, revocation and derivation to ensure that an individual is present and that digital interactions can be attributed to this same individual.
  • Verified Person covering identity establishment, resolution, validation and verification to ensure that the individual is a real person with a real, not synthetic or fabricated, record.
  • Authorization covering consent, enrollment, delegation and authorization to ensure that the individual has provided contextually relevant consent and entitlement information to enable authorization or to appropriately delegate authorization.
  • Digital Identity covering user experience, user notification, session risk and transaction risk to enable an electronic representation of an individual that can be relied on for high value interactions taking into account user experience and ongoing risk management.
  • Trusted Infrastructure covering crosscutting capabilities to ensure that identity management services mitigate fraud, ensure privacy, and assure security while remaining scalable, resilient and interoperable.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to provide availability to commercial and government end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Securing Cyberspace
Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Human Aspects of Cybersecurity-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 02-02
Topic Title:  Data Privacy
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Develops, tests and evaluates technical and knowledge solutions for the management of privacy threats and vulnerabilities that arise from socio- and technical policies and operations. The project's R&D focuses on privacy risks related to:

  • Connected sensor devices, mobile computing and sensor platforms
  • Automation and autonomous systems
  • The delivery of digital services
Develops, tests and evaluates technical and knowledge solutions for the management of privacy threats and vulnerabilities that arise from socio- and technical policies and operations. The project's R&D focuses on privacy risks related to:

  • Connected sensor devices, mobile computing and sensor platforms
  • Automation and autonomous systems
  • The delivery of digital services
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Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The purpose of the Data Privacy Program is to help society realize the benefits of information technologies in the three stated contexts (connected devices and sensors, automation and autonomous systems, and digital services delivery) while minimizing their negative societal impact. Strategies for minimizing potential risks to privacy must consider a range of opportunities, from minimizing data collections to proper safeguarding of data once collected to controlling how data is used. To achieve this objective, Data Privacy calls for applied research and advanced development along a continuum of challenges, from how people understand privacy in different situations and how their privacy needs can be formally specified, to how these needs can be respected and how mitigation and remediation can be accomplished should privacy expectations and interests be violated. Finally, Data Privacy emphasizes the need to transition research results that address governmental and commercial stakeholder's needs so that they can improve practice as necessary and appropriate.

TRL Sought:  2-5
TRL at Conclusion:  6
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Cyber-threats are rapidly shifting and privacy-related breaches are increasing in frequency and impact. The Data Privacy project is aligned with National Privacy and Cyber Security Research and Development strategic initiatives to develop a targeted set of research priorities to ensure that cyberspace is safe, trustworthy and prosperous. Specifically, the project provides the R&D community expertise and resources to prevent, mitigate and recover from adverse effects of privacy threats and intrusions on privacy that arise from information system policies and processing. This work includes mitigation of risks by engineering privacy-protecting systems, educating the public, and understanding behavioral, social, organizational and policy dimensions of privacy. The Data Privacy Program is working to develop innovative solutions that ensure trusted innovation by helping to ensure that the protection of individual privacy is consistent with applicable law, policy and mission.

Transition Opportunities:

Data Privacy supports the development and operationalization of technical and knowledge solutions to help the Transition Customer address data privacy capability gaps.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Human Aspects of Cybersecurity-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 02-03
Topic Title:  Cyber Risk Economics (CYRIE)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Cybersecurity is a multidimensional problem that demands interdisciplinary attention. The CYRIE program supports research into the business, legal, technical and behavioral aspects of the economics of cyber-threats, vulnerabilities and controls. CYRIE R&D emphasizes empirically based measurement, modeling and evaluation of:

  • Investment into cybersecurity controls (technology, regulatory, and legal) by private-sector, government and private actors;
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Cybersecurity is a multidimensional problem that demands interdisciplinary attention. The CYRIE program supports research into the business, legal, technical and behavioral aspects of the economics of cyber-threats, vulnerabilities and controls. CYRIE R&D emphasizes empirically based measurement, modeling and evaluation of:

  • Investment into cybersecurity controls (technology, regulatory, and legal) by private-sector, government and private actors;
  • Impact of investment on the probability, severity and consequences of actual risks and resulting cost and harm;
  • Value of the correlation between business performance measures and evaluations of cybersecurity investments and impacts; and
  • Incentives to optimize the investments, impacts and value basis of cyber-risk management.
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Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Priority R&D needs for this program are analytics and metrics for cybersecurity effectiveness, severity, and comparison. The CYRIE program endeavors to improve value-based decision making by those who own, operate, protect, and regulate the nation's vital data assets and critical infrastructure. As such the program looks beyond the traditional economics view of incentives for cybersecurity - where individuals are assumed to be rational actors who know how to maximize their well-being - and considers a broader array of factors that include business, legal, technical, and behavioral factors. In this way CYRIE R&D can more effectively address strategy and tactics for cyber risk avoidance, acceptance, mitigation, and transfer.

TRL Sought:  2-5
TRL at Conclusion:  6
Transition Customer or Program:

Application to Cyber Security Operations, Critical Infrastructure Operations, Law Enforcement, Incident and Disaster Response, and Businesses of all sizes.

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

In 2013 two Executive actions were issued, aimed at enhancing the capability of owners and operators of the nation's critical infrastructure to protect their networks and systems against cyberattack (Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, and Presidential Policy Directive 21, Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience). These policy documents gave DHS a coordinating role in pursing the cybersecurity objectives outlined in each document and directed NIST to develop a voluntary framework that owner/operators could use to improve their cybersecurity posture. DHS led an interagency working group focused on cyber economic incentives, and together with the Departments of Commerce and Treasury, prepared an analysis of federal policy options for incenting adoption of the NIST framework. DHS S&T continues to maintain active engagement in the effort to understand and develop stronger cyber economic incentives, through its R&D efforts and portfolio.

The working group and resulting analysis focused primarily on policy and incentives from a microeconomic-based view of marginal costs and benefits of adoption. While this analysis provided a solid start for the study of incentives in cybersecurity, a more holistic approach to research in the area of cyber risk economics is clearly needed, one that incorporate perspectives on security decisions and behavior from a wide range of social and behavioral sciences.

Recognizing the importance of data sharing to building capacity across the four dimensions (investment, impact, value, incentives), CYRIE supports the sharing of cybersecurity best practices, investments, incidents, and outcomes among diverse stakeholders. More collective information is needed to enable value-based risk management of the shared ecosystem. Effective information sharing can help mitigate against the often-siloed view of risk, create positive network effects, and foster "RoS" or return on sharing as an element of cyber risk management.

Transition Opportunities:

CYRIE supports the development and operationalization of technical and knowledge solutions to help the Transition Customer address capability gaps along any of the program's stated dimensions. The program also aims to inform the government about how it can reduce cyber risk levels through development and enforcement of policy and regulation, convening and coordination of stakeholders, adoption of technology, promulgation of standards, and facilitation of research and development.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-01
Topic Title:  Distributed Denial of Service Defense (DDoSD)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Distributed Denial of Service Defense - Denial of service attacks are pervasive and have the potential to disrupt critical network infrastructure. Topics of interest include:

  • Efforts that leverage existing policies and practices to mitigate DDoS attacks;
  • Techniques that adopt existing technologies for near term DDoS protection; and
  • Novel approaches for understanding and mitigating new forms of DDoS.
Distributed Denial of Service Defense - Denial of service attacks are pervasive and have the potential to disrupt critical network infrastructure. Topics of interest include:

  • Efforts that leverage existing policies and practices to mitigate DDoS attacks;
  • Techniques that adopt existing technologies for near term DDoS protection; and
  • Novel approaches for understanding and mitigating new forms of DDoS.
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Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist federal, state, and local agencies investigating cybercrimes.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies, Financial Institutions

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by Government Agencies, Law Enforcement (LE) and Financial Institutions to protect networks and prevent DDoS attacks that are used to render key resources unavailable. DDoS attacks have targeted critical sectors and government agencies, as well as the financial sector; which has been a frequent target of large-scale attacks.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and local law enforcement end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-02
Topic Title:  Federated Enterprise Environments (formerly Cloud Computing Security)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Research and Development to build upon security in Federated Enterprise Environments-including secure protocols to protect data flow to, within and out of the federated environment; command and control (C2) infrastructure for federated environments; incorporation of adaptive defenses into federated environments; preserving data integrity; privacy constraints; privacy-preserving computation/contract generation; and systems to identify unauthorized activity.
Research and Development to build upon security in Federated Enterprise Environments-including secure protocols to protect data flow to, within and out of the federated environment; command and control (C2) infrastructure for federated environments; incorporation of adaptive defenses into federated environments; preserving data integrity; privacy constraints; privacy-preserving computation/contract generation; and systems to identify unauthorized activity. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Research and development results of this topic should provide innovative technologies, techniques, and processes towards the creation, operation, and maintenance of federated enterprise environments and the related C2 infrastructure. Objectives include enabling local decision making given global knowledge, and the seamless incorporation of various cybersecurity technologies and techniques (Moving Target/Dynamic/Adaptive Defenses, privacy preserving and multi-party computing, deception, etc.) into federated enterprise environments. Results are also sought to protect any cloud-based infrastructure that enables federated enterprise environments.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS and Components with need for federated environments

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by Federal government entities and the Homeland Security Enterprise in the creation, operation, and maintenance of federated enterprise environments. Coordinating mechanisms are needed in order to provide reliable defenses that do not adversely affect usability or limit privacy protections. Additionally, a robust command and control capability is needed to coordinate defenses and make management of processes easier, faster, more reliable, and secure.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies, the Homeland Security Enterprise Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-03
Topic Title:  Application for Network Measurement Science (ANMS)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Security focused measurement and analysis for all aspects of cyberspace. This includes the Internet (e.g., Autonomous Systems, routers) or other networks (e.g. Industrial Control Systems (ICS)) that may connect to the Internet, via a static or dynamic (possibly intermittent) connection. Security focused measurement includes but is not limited to algorithms, tools, techniques, data and analysis for enabling security, from global scale to the individual user. A particular ... more
Security focused measurement and analysis for all aspects of cyberspace. This includes the Internet (e.g., Autonomous Systems, routers) or other networks (e.g. Industrial Control Systems (ICS)) that may connect to the Internet, via a static or dynamic (possibly intermittent) connection. Security focused measurement includes but is not limited to algorithms, tools, techniques, data and analysis for enabling security, from global scale to the individual user. A particular application area is SEAC: Small Enterprise Assistance for Cyber (pronounced seek), which has the goal of providing a system or method for small enterprises with limited resources to improve their security posture. This is a broader effort to develop systems or provide access to tools and/or analysts for identification and remediation of cyber incidents. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist federal, state, and local agencies to improve their security posture.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies, the Homeland Security Enterprise for situational awareness and to improve their security posture.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Government Agencies, the Homeland Security Enterprise Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-04
Topic Title:  Predictive Analytics
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Predictive Analysis, as applied to cyber security, is the ability to identify potential cyber threat vectors and determine the probable course of action for each threat. These findings should be presented automatically, with human-in-the-loop if desired, but not required. Presentation should be in an easily understandable format, to allow resource management to address threats as they evolve. Predictive Analysis may be applied at any phase or stage, from fully protected ... more
Predictive Analysis, as applied to cyber security, is the ability to identify potential cyber threat vectors and determine the probable course of action for each threat. These findings should be presented automatically, with human-in-the-loop if desired, but not required. Presentation should be in an easily understandable format, to allow resource management to address threats as they evolve. Predictive Analysis may be applied at any phase or stage, from fully protected to compromise and recovery. All types of cyber threats may be considered. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist federal, state, and local agencies to use predictive analytics for network defense and situational awareness.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by Government Agencies, to provide situational understanding for network and data protection. The goal is for predictive analysis to develop and place defenses prior to attacks, moving the advantage to the defender.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to DHS Components, Federal, State and Local governments' end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-05
Topic Title:  Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk and Trust
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust (IMPACT) project supports the global cyber-risk research community by coordinating and developing real-world data and information-sharing capabilities-tools, models and methodologies. To accelerate solutions around cyber-risk issues and infrastructure security, the IMPACT project enables empirical data and information-sharing between and among the global cybersecurity research and development (R&D) ... more
The Information Marketplace for Policy and Analysis of Cyber-risk & Trust (IMPACT) project supports the global cyber-risk research community by coordinating and developing real-world data and information-sharing capabilities-tools, models and methodologies. To accelerate solutions around cyber-risk issues and infrastructure security, the IMPACT project enables empirical data and information-sharing between and among the global cybersecurity research and development (R&D) community in academia, industry and government. Importantly, IMPACT also addresses the cybersecurity decision-analytic needs of Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) customers in the face of high volume, high-velocity, high-variety and/or high-value data through its network of Decision Analytics-as-a-Service Providers (DASP). These resources are a service technology or tool capable of supporting the following types of analytics: descriptive (what happened), diagnostic (why it happened), predictive (what will happen) and prescriptive (what should happen). less
Topic Research Type:  Type I, Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate's (S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD) seeks to coordinate, enhance and develop advanced data and information-sharing tools, datasets, technologies, models, methodologies and infrastructure to strengthen the capabilities of national and international cyber-risk R&D. These data-sharing components are intended to be broadly available as national and international resources to bridge the gap between producers of cyber-risk-relevant ground truth data, academic and industrial researchers, cybersecurity technology developers, and decision-makers to inform their analysis of and policymaking on cyber-risk and trust issues.

TRL Sought:  2-5
TRL at Conclusion:  6
Transition Customer or Program:

Application to Cyber Security Operations, Critical Infrastructure Operations, Law Enforcement, Incident and Disaster Response, and Day-To-Day Business, Public and Private Cyber Security Researchers

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Cybersecurity R&D requires real-world data to develop advanced knowledge, test products and technologies and prove the utility of research in large-scale network environments. IMPACT is the only publicly available, legally collected, distributed repository of large-scale datasets containing real network and system traffic that could be used to advance state-of-the-art cybersecurity R&D. The centralized brokering and distributed provisioning between the data providers, data hosts and researchers addresses the operational, trust and administrative costs and challenges that impede sustainable and scalable data-sharing. IMPACT continually adds new data that is responsive to cyber-risk management (e.g., attacks and measurements) to provide the R&D community timely, high-value information to enhance research innovation and quality. The IMPACT model also serves as a laboratory for testing various data-sharing models, including batch transfers, newer Data Analytics as a Service (DaaS) and visualization techniques.

Transition Opportunities:

Transition data, decision analytics and capabilities outputs to the cyber security research community

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Network and Systems Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 03-06
Topic Title:  National Research Infrastructure of Cyber Security Experimentation
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The results of this topic will catalyze and support the research, and development of advanced experimental research tools, technologies and methodologies as broadly available national resources. Indicators of the success of this program objective will be the realization of experimental research capabilities, and approaches that reach beyond today's state of the art.
The results of this topic will catalyze and support the research, and development of advanced experimental research tools, technologies and methodologies as broadly available national resources. Indicators of the success of this program objective will be the realization of experimental research capabilities, and approaches that reach beyond today's state of the art. less
Topic Research Type:  Type III
End Objective:

The Cybersecurity Experimentation of the Future (CEF) Testbed will provide cybersecurity researchers with the ability to run experiments on an unclassified secure "virtual internet," through contained environments that can safely test advanced defense mechanisms against live threats without endangering operational networks. The CEF Testbed will provide the cybersecurity research community with a complex test capability and infrastructure (networks, tools, methodologies, tech support) to support national-scale testing of advanced cybersecurity technologies in an open, non-proprietary environment. CEF will enable the applied/research community to share complex cybersecurity experiments, designs, lab setups, software, tools, procedures and data; this allows rapid validation of complex technical findings and avoiding redundant experimental effort.

TRL Sought:  2-3
TRL at Conclusion:  3
Transition Customer or Program:

Transition customers include cybersecurity researchers, instructors and students.

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Realization of experimental research infrastructures, capabilities, and approaches that reach beyond today's state of the art are needed. These infrastructures, together with similar broad-based objectives that transform discovery, validation, and ongoing analysis in an increasingly complex and challenging domain must provide, as examples:

  • Support for multi-disciplinary, complex, and extreme scale experimentation;
  • Support for emerging research areas such as specialized cyber-physical systems and cybersecurity relevant human behavior;
  • The creation and capture of advances in scientific methodologies, experimental processes, and education; and
  • Strategies for dynamic and flexible experimentation across user communities and infrastructure facilities.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and academic cybersecurity testbeds. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific requirements.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Mobile Security-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 04-01
Topic Title:  Mobile Ecosystem Security Research
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The research and development of tools and techniques to enable the secure use of mobile ecosystem technologies in support of the DHS mission. Areas of interest include mobile device supply chain security analysis, mobile infrastructure resilience metrics, mobile communication security protocol analysis and security.
The research and development of tools and techniques to enable the secure use of mobile ecosystem technologies in support of the DHS mission. Areas of interest include mobile device supply chain security analysis, mobile infrastructure resilience metrics, mobile communication security protocol analysis and security. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to support operational security requirements for mobile ecosystem technologies.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Civilian Federal Government and DoD

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

The DHS workforce is becoming increasingly mobile, and employees expect to use mobile devices to access data and deliver mission services wherever they may be located, and at any time. DHS mobile user groups cross all Components and Offices and include executives, managers, knowledge workers, immigration and law enforcement officials, case officers, and emergency responders.

The architecture, design, and use of mobile technologies to access systems, applications, and data and deliver government services is substantially different from the traditional desktop workstations and laptops used within a protected enterprise network. A new security approach is needed to protect DHS data and systems from the additional risk posed by use of consumer devices that may operate from anywhere in the world across any available network (cellular, Wi-Fi), possess features and capabilities beyond those available on desktops, and that may contain dozens of diverse mobile apps that can access data on the device.

Transition Opportunities:

The Mobile Security Research and Development (R&D) program is partnering with all DHS components and collaborating with several organizations to facilitate piloting, transition and adoption of the technologies developed under the program. This provides an opportunity to fine-tune requirements, align to and influence development of federal standards or criteria, and conduct pilots with real-world applications. The partners will provide support in developing requirements and use cases; providing information, insights, and access to information technology architecture; offering feedback and evaluation of CSD-developed R&D; and contributing in-kind resources associated with testing.

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Critical Infrastructure - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 05-01
Topic Title:  Next Generation Cyber Infrastructure (NGCI)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Next Generation Cyber Infrastructure Apex program addresses the cybersecurity challenges facing our nation's critical infrastructure. Cyber Apex finds, tests and transfers proven solutions to these sectors to fill cybersecurity gaps and harden critical systems and networks.

Currently, Cyber Apex is working to harden the cyber-defenses of the financial services sector (FSS), which is a frequent target of cybercriminals. The Cyber Apex Review Team (CART), spo ... more
The Next Generation Cyber Infrastructure Apex program addresses the cybersecurity challenges facing our nation's critical infrastructure. Cyber Apex finds, tests and transfers proven solutions to these sectors to fill cybersecurity gaps and harden critical systems and networks.

Currently, Cyber Apex is working to harden the cyber-defenses of the financial services sector (FSS), which is a frequent target of cybercriminals. The Cyber Apex Review Team (CART), sponsored by CSD and made up of FSS institution and Treasury Department representatives, identifies gaps and evaluates solutions. While some identified gaps are solvable by mature technology, others needed novel ideas. This finding led Cyber Apex to establish two development paths: creating a consortium to test existing solutions and partnering with the DHS Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) for early-stage solutions.

The consortium focuses on operational testing of mature technologies to determine if they meet FSS needs. The program uses a consortium manager-Cyber Apex Solutions-to maintain an efficient process for foraging and building a consortium of technology owners.

SVIP focuses on finding novel solutions from startups whose technologies are not mature enough for rigorous operational testing and evaluation. Solutions with promise are piloted and evaluated. Cyber Apex solicitations under SVIP-the Financial Services Cyber Security Active Defense-seeks startups that have novel solutions in the areas of moving-target defense, isolation and containment and cyber-intrusion deception. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The results of this topic should produce new and novel technologies, techniques and approaches to help secure the nation's critical infrastructure sectors.

TRL Sought:  3-6
TRL at Conclusion:  5-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS Components, Critical Infrastructure organizations

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

The nation's critical infrastructure provides the essential services that underpin American society and serve as the backbone of our nation's economy, security, and health. The needs and cyber security maturity levels of the 16 sectors vary widely (e.g. different architectures, different regulatory and compliance factors), which make securing them a challenge for S&T.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and Homeland Security Enterprise end users.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Critical Infrastructure - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 05-02
Topic Title:  Government Networks (.gov)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The need for government departments and agencies to have a strong security posture is abundantly clear. DHS S&T is working closely with the National Protection and Programs Directorate, federal and state civilian departments and agencies, and industry to develop and transition modern and advanced prototyped cybersecurity capabilities. Specific R&D efforts are needed that can link major requirements of existing programs (e.g. National Cyber Protection System (NCPS), Conti ... more
The need for government departments and agencies to have a strong security posture is abundantly clear. DHS S&T is working closely with the National Protection and Programs Directorate, federal and state civilian departments and agencies, and industry to develop and transition modern and advanced prototyped cybersecurity capabilities. Specific R&D efforts are needed that can link major requirements of existing programs (e.g. National Cyber Protection System (NCPS), Continuous Diagnostics and Mitigation (CDM), Automated Information Sharing (AIS)) with new industry capabilities, normally through impactful demonstrations, experiments and pilots. Particular areas of interest include architectural elements such as fine-grained monitoring and control, whitelist-based security policies, automated cybersecurity decision loop and continuous risk analysis, and strengthening key human roles in these systems. We also seek capabilities to characterize current and evolving threats to help drive system requirements, to include technology considerations protecting cloud and mobile services, thereby ensuring newly developed or integrated cyber defense capabilities are relevant and effective against those threats. Ultimately, this work must result in key technology and guidance that can aid chief information and information security officers in securing department and agencies. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The results of this topic should produce new and novel technologies, techniques and approaches to secure government networks.

TRL Sought:  3-6
TRL at Conclusion:  5-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS Components

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Securing government networks is a significant challenge for DHS. S&Ts challenges supporting this activity include: the customer set (e.g. large agencies to very small agencies) and the variety of architectural approaches that each agency has developed over time, suited to their mission needs.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and Homeland Security Enterprise end users.

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Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Critical Infrastructure - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 05-03
Topic Title:  Critical Infrastructure (CIDARS, CREDC, LOGIIC)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The Critical Infrastructure Design and Adaptive Resilient Systems project is an initiative focused on enhancing the security and resilience of critical infrastructure systems consistent with Presidential Policy Directive 21 and the National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) Research and Development Plan. This project is examining innovative approaches to plan and design adaptive performance into critical infrastructure systems. The goal is to create ... more
The Critical Infrastructure Design and Adaptive Resilient Systems project is an initiative focused on enhancing the security and resilience of critical infrastructure systems consistent with Presidential Policy Directive 21 and the National Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience (CISR) Research and Development Plan. This project is examining innovative approaches to plan and design adaptive performance into critical infrastructure systems. The goal is to create common capabilities and quantitative approaches to facilitate the development and implementation of integrated solutions that will enable secure and resilient service provisioning.

The nation's electric grid faces challenges from cyberattacks, natural disasters and accidental failures. To address these challenges, CSD and the Department of Energy (DOE) jointly fund the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC). The consortium is developing solutions through R&D, education and industry engagement. CREDC will generate research, evaluate the results and deploy solutions in the marketplace. The project's foci include cyber-protection technologies; cyber monitoring, metrics, and event detection; risk assessment of Energy Delivery Systems (EDS) technology; data analytics for cyber event detection; resilient EDS architectures and networks; and identifying the impact of disruptive technologies such as the Internet of Things and cloud computing on EDS resiliency.

The Linking the Oil and Gas Industry to Improve Cybersecurity (LOGIIC) project is an ongoing collaboration between DHS S&T and oil and natural gas companies. The collaborative program facilitates cooperative research, development, testing and evaluation procedures to improve cybersecurity in petroleum industry digital control systems. The project undertakes collaborative R&D projects to improve the level of cybersecurity in critical systems of interest to the oil and natural gas sector. The project objective is to develop sector capabilities while maintaining impartiality, the independence of the participants and vendor neutrality. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The result from this topic should provide new and novel approaches to help formulate risk-informed, integrated design solutions and management strategies that can incorporate proactive resilience remains a significant multi-domain challenge.

TRL Sought:  3-6
TRL at Conclusion:  5-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Enterprise, Critical Infrastructure Organizations

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Critical infrastructure is vital to national and economic security, public health and well-being, and has become increasingly global, complex and susceptible to disruptions. S&T seeks solutions that provide improved awareness of potential disruptions and the ability to design in flexibility and resilience to mitigate the effects of such disruptions. S&T also seeks risk-assessment and management approaches that incorporate all relevant linkages such as sector interdependencies and cybersecurity risk factors.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and Homeland Security Enterprise end users.

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Critical Infrastructure - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 05-04
Topic Title:  Quantifying Mission Impacts of Cyber Disruptions to Information Technology (NPPD)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Projects in support of this topic will develop homeland security decision makers' ability to assess and communicate the consequences--including cascading effects--to critical infrastructure systems, services, and data caused by cyber-attacks to information technology or operational technology systems. Projects will address one or more of the following objectives:

  • Strengthen DHS's ability to assess the impact of cyber-attacks and cyber disruptions on cr ... more
Projects in support of this topic will develop homeland security decision makers' ability to assess and communicate the consequences--including cascading effects--to critical infrastructure systems, services, and data caused by cyber-attacks to information technology or operational technology systems. Projects will address one or more of the following objectives:

  • Strengthen DHS's ability to assess the impact of cyber-attacks and cyber disruptions on critical infrastructure operations.
  • Develop methodologies to characterize the criticality of Federal networks and better estimate the consequences of their disruption.
  • Improve DHS's ability to anticipate emerging cyber risk by using innovative and advanced techniques to analyze evolving cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and trends.
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Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The end objective of this project is a model that discretely quantifies the mission impacts of cyber disruptions to information technology networks (e.g. a Federal agency loses the ability to execute a Mission Essential Function due to a disruption to a certain IT network).

TRL Sought:  3-5
TRL at Conclusion:  5-7
Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Models/tools developed must comply with DHS security standards. Models/tools should run on stand-alone commodity computing hardware (a single computer with, e.g. up to 32 cores, 128GB RAM, 1TB disk space). Models should provide a docker build script so they can easily be compiled and run anywhere.

Transition Opportunities:

Office of Cyber and Infrastructure Analysis, National Protection and Programs Directorate

Supporting Information and Links:

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Software Assurance - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 06-01
Topic Title:  Software Assurance
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The research and development of tools and techniques to reduce vulnerabilities in software and improve how security is addressed in the process of developing and vetting software applications.
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Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide novel capabilities that enable software developers to produce software with fewer vulnerabilities, improve coding and software engineering practices, and/or reduce the burden for vetting and testing the security of software.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

Industry, software developer community, DHS and other Federal and State Agencies

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced in mitigating cybersecurity risk associated with the development and use of software. Software increasingly makes possible every aspect of the digital world. It powers the nation's critical infrastructure and nearly every device humans interact with today. However, security often is an after-the-fact consideration or a secondary activity compared with software functionality and getting the product to market. A key remaining challenge is providing tools that are suited for today's complex code to the software development community to reduce weaknesses in software that create vulnerabilities and risk.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and industry end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cyber Security Outreach - Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 07-01
Topic Title:  Cyber Security Education
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Applied research in key education and training areas, to help ensure the nation has a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is important to maintaining its systems and networks and combating future cyberattacks. Other areas of interest include:

  • The coupling of operations with education and training;
  • Abstract learning versus learning with context;
  • Bayesian learning (prior knowledge) and where and how it might be applicable;
  • Incide ... more
Applied research in key education and training areas, to help ensure the nation has a highly skilled cybersecurity workforce is important to maintaining its systems and networks and combating future cyberattacks. Other areas of interest include:

  • The coupling of operations with education and training;
  • Abstract learning versus learning with context;
  • Bayesian learning (prior knowledge) and where and how it might be applicable;
  • Incident response feedback systems, that drive subsequent training/learning directions;
  • Regional education and learning models coordinating efforts across different kinds of organizations.
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Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

The objective is to develop, demonstrate, and transition substantive and adaptive cyber security education models that impact organizations and infrastructures/sectors for the better. These models should address key dimensions of the challenge, such as multiple age levels, cyber security across multiple operational domains, and different kinds of threats. An overarching objective of this work is to support development of "learning organization" capabilities across all kinds of organizations and infrastructures/sectors. The models and associated technologies need to support cyber security competitions, education and curriculum development, and workforce training and development needs.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Enterprise, DHS Components

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by Federal government entities and the Homeland Security Enterprise in regards to addressing the Nation's shortage of skilled cybersecurity professionals.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and Homeland Security Enterprise end users.

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Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 08-01
Topic Title:  Anonymous Networks and Currencies
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The research and development of tools and techniques to aid law enforcement in the investigation of cybercrimes committed using friend-to-friend networks, anonymous networks and/or cryptocurrencies.
The research and development of tools and techniques to aid law enforcement in the investigation of cybercrimes committed using friend-to-friend networks, anonymous networks and/or cryptocurrencies. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement investigating cybercrimes. Objectives include identifying illicit anonymous marketplaces and website users, as well as users facilitating illicit transactions.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Law Enforcement Components, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by Law Enforcement (LE) investigating anonymous networks and currencies. Investigations are resource intensive, requiring significant man hours to investigate and prosecute. Criminals use these networks to exploit the anonymity and protections built into the encryption.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and local law enforcement end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 08-02
Topic Title:  Digital Forensics Support to Law Enforcement
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The research and development of tools and technologies that will allow investigators to visualize, analyze, share and present data derived from cell phones, GPS devices, computer hard drives, networks, and other digital media.
The research and development of tools and technologies that will allow investigators to visualize, analyze, share and present data derived from cell phones, GPS devices, computer hard drives, networks, and other digital media. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement in the forensic acquisition and analysis of evidence from digital devices used in criminal activity.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Law Enforcement Components, Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address three main challenges faced by law enforcement: lack of forensic tool testing standards and uniformity, high cost of forensics tools, and technology gaps between commercial technology advances and advances in acquiring data in support of investigations.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and local law enforcement end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 08-03
Topic Title:  Child Exploitation
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Identify the research areas of greatest need to combat child exploitation and assist victims.
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Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

(1)Conduct research, develop tools, and technologies to improve the detection, analysis, and understanding of victims and perpetrators of child exploitation, and (2)conduct gap analysis to identify aspects of child exploitation in greatest need of empirical research.

TRL Sought:  1-3
TRL at Conclusion:  3
Transition Customer or Program:

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), Internet Crimes Against Children Task Forces, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

An astonishing 16 million reports of child exploitation are submitted per year. Without an efficient way to prioritize tips and identify the most dangerous offenders, the current volume of incoming data is overwhelming law enforcement.

Transition Opportunities:

Opportunities for higher return on investment include leveraging and integrating findings and lessons learned to improve the efficiency of operational components.

Supporting Information and Links:

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cybersecurity for Law Enforcement-Associated/Related Efforts
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 08-04
Topic Title:  Digital Forensics for First Responder Applications
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
Near real time and forensics capability improvements for first responder applications.
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Topic Research Type:  Type III
End Objective:

Improvements in digital forensics, biometrics, and identity management, including real-time and forensics positive verification of individual identity using multiple biometrics; mobile biometrics screening capabilities; high-fidelity ten print capture; and non-cooperative biometric technologies for identification of adults and children.

TRL Sought:  5
TRL at Conclusion:  7
Transition Customer or Program:

First Responders (Federal, State and local)

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Current systems used in identity management are limited by algorithm development, training and machine learning using limited data sets and end user capabilities.

Transition Opportunities:

Potential for higher return on investment for industry as a result of this research project.

Supporting Information and Links:

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems Security
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 09-01
Topic Title:  Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
This is a critical time in the design and deployment of Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems (CNPS). Advances in networking, computing, sensing, and control systems have enabled a broad range of new devices. These systems are being designed and deployed now, but unfortunately security is often left as an additional feature that will be bolted on later. Industry is driven by functional requirements and fast moving markets. The design choices being made today will dire ... more
This is a critical time in the design and deployment of Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems (CNPS). Advances in networking, computing, sensing, and control systems have enabled a broad range of new devices. These systems are being designed and deployed now, but unfortunately security is often left as an additional feature that will be bolted on later. Industry is driven by functional requirements and fast moving markets. The design choices being made today will directly impact next several decades in transportation, emergency response, medical devices, and so forth. To address these challenges, CSD is engaging in efforts to build security into the design of these critical systems. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist DHS, Operations, and Law Enforcement components to improve the understanding and confidence of DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE) on how CNPS leverage network environments (trusted and untrusted), devices, and sensors to compute and communicate processes and the security risks and challenges associated with the appropriate level of automation, Machine-to-Machine (M2M), communications, learning, and intelligence.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Components, Operations, and Law Enforcement Components

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by DHS, Operations, and Law Enforcement. CNPS builds upon the CPSSEC Strategy and the nine key strategic drivers identified in the 2015 NITRD CPS Vision Statement. CNPS are being designed and scaled to autonomously compute, communicate, and execute processes from data collected from networks, devices and sensors, and other intelligent systems. As CNPS system design becomes more complex, automated, intelligent, and integrated with legacy networks and systems - Cybersecurity risks and challenges will only increase.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and law enforcement end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems Security
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 09-02
Topic Title:  Internet of Things (IoT) Security (IoTSEC)
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The research and development of tools and techniques to aid DHS mission and operations components, law enforcement entities, and Critical Infrastructure (CI) asset owners and operators (to include IT and Internet Infrastructures) in addressing the security gaps between existing traditional IT networks and the broad range of new IoT devices being designed and deployed without security considerations.
The research and development of tools and techniques to aid DHS mission and operations components, law enforcement entities, and Critical Infrastructure (CI) asset owners and operators (to include IT and Internet Infrastructures) in addressing the security gaps between existing traditional IT networks and the broad range of new IoT devices being designed and deployed without security considerations. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

Results of this topic should provide new and novel capabilities and solutions to assist DHS mission, operations, and law enforcement components to securely leverage, integrate, and interact with IoT systems that affect their operations and assets. Objectives include Detecting, Authenticating, and Updating IoT devices, sensors, and systems to gain comprehensive and near continuous knowledge of an IoT environment.

TRL Sought: 
TRL at Conclusion: 
Transition Customer or Program:

DHS Mission, Operations, and Law Enforcement Components

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

This topic is seeking to address various challenges faced by DHS Mission, Operations, and Law Enforcement components in securing the interactions between existing networks and IoT Devices. The IoT continues to expand and disrupt the nation's CI/IT infrastructure. This expansion has resulted in numerous advancements but has also increased the attack surface for malicious actors.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal and law enforcement end-users. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently available on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific needs.

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Research Area:   Securing Cyberspace (SEC CYB)
Priority R&D Need:  Cyber Enabled Networked Physical Systems Security
Topic Number:  SEC CYB 09-03
Topic Title:  Smart Cities
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
DHS S&T is working closely with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on NIST's 2017-2018 Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) to reach out and raise awareness of the need for cybersecurity in emerging "Smart Cities." The new DHS S&T-NIST Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) program is encouraging GCTC participants to adopt designed-in cybersecurity for "smart city" systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of priv ... more
DHS S&T is working closely with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) on NIST's 2017-2018 Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) to reach out and raise awareness of the need for cybersecurity in emerging "Smart Cities." The new DHS S&T-NIST Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) program is encouraging GCTC participants to adopt designed-in cybersecurity for "smart city" systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy. Through SC3, DHS S&T CSD is promoting the development, adoption and implementation of cybersecurity protections within smart-city environments and helping DHS S&T-funded programs and performers bring their solutions into the GCTC. DHS S&T is also calling on innovators from the cybersecurity industry and research community to teach cities, communities and GCTC teams about cyber challenges, cyber physical systems and internet-of-things devices to help address cybersecurity and privacy objectives. less
Topic Research Type:  Type II, Type III
End Objective:

To establish and demonstrate replicable, scalable, and sustainable models for incubation and deployment of interoperable, secure, standard-based solutions using advanced technologies such as Internet of Things (IoT) and Cyber-Physical Systems (CPS) and demonstrate their measurable benefits in cities and communities.

TRL Sought:  4-7
TRL at Conclusion:  5-8
Transition Customer or Program:

Transition customers include cybersecurity researchers, instructors and students.

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Realization of experimental research infrastructures, capabilities, and approaches that reach beyond today's state of the art are needed. These infrastructures, together with similar broad-based objectives that transform discovery, validation, and ongoing analysis in an increasingly complex and challenging domain must provide, as examples:

  • Support for multi-disciplinary, complex, and extreme scale experimentation;
  • Support for emerging research areas such as specialized cyber-physical systems and cybersecurity relevant human behavior;
  • The creation and capture of advances in scientific methodologies, experimental processes, and education; and
  • Strategies for dynamic and flexible experimentation across user communities and infrastructure facilities.

Transition Opportunities:

Developed solutions should transition to federal, state and academic cybersecurity testbeds. Solutions may be brand new capabilities not currently on the market or current solutions that can be modified to address specific requirements.

Supporting Information and Links:
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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Preventing Terrorism (PREV)
Priority R&D Need:  Organic Explosive Compound and Homemade Explosives Detection
Topic Number:  PREV 01-01
Topic Title:  Identification of Novel Non-detonable Fertilizer
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
A major challenge for policy makers has been how to keep precursor materials, some of which are also vital agricultural fertilizers, out of the hands of terrorists. This topic seeks to identify an effective high yield fertilizer that cannot be used by adversaries as an explosive precursor.
A major challenge for policy makers has been how to keep precursor materials, some of which are also vital agricultural fertilizers, out of the hands of terrorists. This topic seeks to identify an effective high yield fertilizer that cannot be used by adversaries as an explosive precursor. less
Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

To provide private industry with an alternative fertilizer to those that can be used as an explosive precursor. This will make it harder for adversaries to construct explosives devices while also allowing industry to continue providing the agricultural community with effective fertilizers. The product must be completely non-detonable, even if manipulated, mixed, or concentrated

TRL Sought:  3-5
TRL at Conclusion:  5
Transition Customer or Program:

The private sector agricultural industry.

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Terrorists often utilize products with legitimate uses as precursors to construct homemade explosive devices. This is a threat not only to homeland soft-targets and critical infrastructure, but also to American personnel in-theatre. This effort would require buy-in from both the private industry and public agencies. This topic would complement the DHS NPPD Chemical Facilities Anti-Terrorism Standards program (CFATS

Transition Opportunities:

Supporting Information and Links:

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Solicitation Dates Open Date: 06/04/2018 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT Close Date: 06/03/2023 11:59 PM EDT See Notice on FedBizOpps
Research Area:   Preventing Terrorism (PREV)
Priority R&D Need:  Prevention
Topic Number:  PREV 04-01
Topic Title:  Targeted Violence Prevention
Solicitation:  ( DHSST-LRBAA 18-01 : Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA) 18-01 )
Topic Description: 
The ability to prevent terrorism and other targeted violent attacks through the application of social science methods can include:

1. Research and development to improve the detection, analysis, understanding, and mitigation of the threats posed by violent individuals;
2. Knowledge, tools and technologies to determine when individuals, groups, and movements are likely to engage in violence; and
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The ability to prevent terrorism and other targeted violent attacks through the application of social science methods can include:

1. Research and development to improve the detection, analysis, understanding, and mitigation of the threats posed by violent individuals;
2. Knowledge, tools and technologies to determine when individuals, groups, and movements are likely to engage in violence; and
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Topic Research Type:  Type I
End Objective:

A better understanding of how to prevent targeted violence or mitigate the effects of that violence through knowledge of evidence-based research and/or evaluation of existing or emerging programs addressing targeted violence

TRL Sought:  1-3
TRL at Conclusion:  3
Transition Customer or Program:

First Responders, NGOs, State/Local government.

Background Information and S&T Challenges:

Given there is no one pathway to violent extremism and the ubiquity of social media in terrorist and extremist groups recruiting individuals, this is a field where the state of knowledge is always changing, and requires multi-disciplinary applications to the social science issues related to targeted violence.

Transition Opportunities:

Local stakeholders can tailor local solutions to targeted violence based on the translation of research knowledge/evaluation into practice.

Supporting Information and Links:

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