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As most people understand, security is a global issue, so along those lines two national security agencies are providing funding for collaborative research projects.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and its counterparts in the Netherlands will provide up to $2.6 million of funding for collaborative cybersecurity research projects conducted by joint U.S.-Dutch teams.

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The Dutch partners are the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the country’s National Cyber Security Center (NCSC), which is part of the Ministry of Security and Justice.

S&T’s Cyber Security Division (CSD) Director Dr. Douglas Maughan, NCSC Head of Cyber Security Expertise and Advice Raymond Doijen, and NWO Program Manager of Cybersecurity Research Jan Piet Barthel made the announcement during the International One Conference in The Hague.

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“Cybersecurity concerns do not stop at national borders,” said DHS Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin. “This new international bilateral agreement recognizes this reality by funding joint U.S.-Dutch research teams to develop capabilities that will benefit both countries.”

The goal of this initiative, which builds upon research projects conducted jointly by the two countries, is to strengthen research and development (R&D) collaboration between top cybersecurity researchers from both nations. The research focus areas for the bilateral U.S.-Netherlands call are Industrial Control Systems/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Distributed Denial of Service attacks and the Domain Name System. In all, the partners plan to fund up to five joint research proposals.

Under the program, half of the available R&D funding will be provided by DHS S&T CSD through its International Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HSHQDC-17-R-B001. The purpose of this five-year, $9.5 million BAA — also called the Cyber Security International Collaboration Research and Development program — is to facilitate cooperative cybersecurity R&D activities with CSD’s current and future international partners, including the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Funding from the BAA will be awarded to U.S.-based researchers.

To be eligible for funding through this bilateral call, submitted proposals are required to have teams comprised of academia, industry and laboratory (U.S. only) researchers from both countries and must be a single, unified proposal that describes a full program of work in both countries. NWO/NCSC and CSD will conduct separate reviews of submitted proposals. An international committee — consisting of representatives from each organization — will select the research proposals that will be awarded the bilateral call’s funding.

Interested U.S.-Netherlands cybersecurity research teams can submit a combined proposal to their respective country’s participating organization until August 31.

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