Past Solicitations
BAA 13-01
Basic Research in Support of Operational Improvements in Canine Explosives Detection

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is committed to using cutting-edge technologies and scientific talent in its quest to make America safer. The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Explosives Division is tasked with researching and organizing the scientific, engineering, and technological resources of the United States and leveraging these existing resources into technological tools to help protect the homeland. DHS S&T Explosives Division is soliciting proposals for research and development projects that support the Explosives Division's mission of leveraging the nation's scientific, engineering, and technological resources to counter the domestic explosive threat. More specifically, DHS S&T is seeking research for the advancement of canine explosives detection. There are currently areas where knowledge gaps exist regarding canine explosives detection capabilities.


RSA-1 - Canine Structure and Function

The science for understanding the canine olfaction-cognition link is limited and needs to be better understood in order to advance the science of using dogs for explosives detection. Research topics in this area are likely to include: a) Evaluation of the effectiveness of surrogate continuation aids (also referred to as psuedos, simulants, calibrants, mimics) for training b) Determination of thresholds in operational settings

RSA-2 - Canine Performance

In order to make improvements in the deployment, training, and utilization of explosive detection canines, there is a need to obtain a clear understanding of the variables affecting their probability of detection. Research topics in this area are likely to include: a) Physical and physiological function of the dog in relation to performance b) Examination of fatigue (i) Are there maximum and optimal search times? c) Qualitative and quantitative assessment of canine detection of person-borne improvised explosive devices (PBIEDs) in various concealments and operational settings

Key Dates
Solicitation Open Date:
White Paper Registration Deadline:
11/26/2012 12:00 PM ET
White Paper Submission Deadline:
11/27/2012 12:00 PM ET
Submission Deadline:
01/28/2013 12:00 PM ET

Amendments and Q&As
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Posted Date 11/26/12

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Posted Date 11/26/12

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Posted Date 11/20/12

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Posted Date 11/14/12
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Posted Date 11/8/12
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