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Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) released $3.1 million in research awards for 29 small businesses located across 12 states, and Washington, D.C.

Each business picked up $100,000 in preliminary funding through DHS S&T’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program.

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Thirty-one contracts ended up awarded in 10 topic areas:

• Security Systems Video and Audio Interoperability
◦ Balfour Technologies LLC
◦ McQ Inc.
◦ Systems Engineering, Inc.

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• Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Identity Management and Privacy Protection
◦ Digital Bazaar, Inc.
◦ Respect Network Corporation
◦ Narf Industries LLC
◦ Celerity Government Solutions, LLC

• Malware Prediction for Preemptive Cyber Defense
◦ BlueRISC, Inc.
◦ GrammaTech, Inc.
◦ Red Balloon Security
◦ ZeroPoint Dynamics, LLC

• Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders
◦ Robotic Research, LLC
◦ Oceanit laboratories, Inc.
◦ Integrated Solutions for Systems
◦ Human Systems Integration, Inc.

• Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor
◦ Physical Optics Corporation
◦ Progeny Systems Corporation
◦ Evigia Systems, Inc.

• Low-Cost, Real-Time Data Analytics for Underserved EMS Agencies
◦ ElanTech
◦ Azavea Inc.

• Real-Time Assessment of Resilience and Preparedness
◦ InferLink Corporation
◦ Datanova Scientific LLC

• Using Social Media to Support Timely and Targeted Emergency Response Actions
◦ Physical Optics Corporation
◦ ElanTech
◦ Decisive Analytics
◦ UtopiaCompression Corporation

• Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Analytics
◦ Block Cypher
◦ RAM laboratories, Inc.

• Remote Identity Proofing Alternatives to Knowledge Based Authentication and Verification
◦ Card Smart technologies
◦ PreID Inc.
◦ Pomian & Corella

The solicitation, released in December 2015, included the above topics developed by S&T program managers to address the research and development needs of DHS components and the greater homeland security enterprise. Small businesses may be eligible for further development funding from their initial project results, as well as the scientific and technical merit and perceived commercialization potential moving forward into development.

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program to increase the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives and to increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions.

Click here for more about the S&T SBIR Program.

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