Past Solicitations
BAA 13-008
Characterization Studies for Biological Threat Agents

The Homeland Security Act of 2002 (Public Law 107-296) states that DHS S&T will "support basic and applied homeland security research to promote revolutionary changes in technologies; advance the development, testing and evaluation, and deployment of critical homeland security technologies; and accelerate the prototyping and deployment of technologies that would address homeland security vulnerabilities." Pursuant to this mission, the Chemical and Biological Defense Division (CBD) seeks technologies to prevent and defend against a chemical and biological attack. Within the CBD is the Threat Characterization and Attribution (TCA) Branch, which has the mission to conduct threat and risk assessments on both traditional and advanced agents; characterize biological threats, provide scientific support to the biodefense, chemical defense and intelligence communities. The Biological Threat Characterization Program (BTCP) supports the TCA Branch within CBD of DHS S&T. The BTCP has been established to characterize biological threats to support the four pillars of biodefense as outlined in HSPD-10: Threat Awareness, Prevention and Protection, Surveillance and Detection, and Response and Recovery. The Biological Threat characterization's goal is to improve the understanding of the impact of a biological attack on the country in order to enhance national preparedness. Biological threat information requirements are identified and prioritized from internal DHS sources and other Federal government partners. This BAA seeks to conducts studies and laboratory experimentation to address information requirements in biological threat characterization. The measures of success are determined by the positive influence that the deliverables have on biological agent threat awareness, prevention of and protection from a biological agent incident, surveillance and detection during a biological incident, and response and recovery from a biological incident.


TFA-1 - Technical Focus Area 1

Studies to understand Agent Production Rates and Storage Stability/decay rates. (At the current time BTCC is working on the High consequence Bio-threat agents and this BAA may be used for the solicitation of information in order to support information gathering for other agents to inform Risk Assessments).

TFA-2 - Technical Focus Area 2

Studies to understand incubation time for disease onset after exposure using the best animal models. (Once again, the Government may use this BAA in order to solicit information of agents not currently focused by BTCC to better inform Risk Analysis).

TFA-3 - Technical Focus Area 3

Studies to understand morbidity and mortality rates using the best animal models by gathering useful and credible human data to better inform Risk Analysis.

TFA-4 - Technical Focus Area 4

Studies to better understand ID50 and LD50 for non high consequence pathogens using the best animal models or by gathering credible and useful human data to better inform Risk Analysis

TFA-5 - Technical Focus Area 5

Studies examining rational approaches to biological agent characterization given the ever-expanding list of agents of concern and shifting landscape in biotechnology.

Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
White Paper Registration Deadline:
02/14/2013 04:30 PM ET
White Paper Submission Deadline:
02/14/2013 04:30 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
06/24/2013 04:30 PM ET

Amendments and Q&As
amendment icon Amendment # 4
Posted Date 6/21/13

amendment icon Amendment # 3
Posted Date 4/8/13

amendment icon Amendment # 2
Posted Date 1/21/13
Set 1 of FAQs

amendment icon Amendment # 1
Posted Date 1/21/13

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