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  • Please see the "Awards" menu for information on the FY16.1 Phase I Awardees.

Who we are

The DHS S&T SBIR Program was initiated in 2004 with the goal of increasing the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and challenging industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to reality.

Solicitation topics are developed by Program Managers in each of the Science and Technology (S&T) Divisions. The annual solicitations consist of topics relevant to the following S&T Directorate organizations: Borders and Maritime Security, Chemical/Biological Defense, Cyber Security, Explosives, and the First Responder Group.

Similar to the R&D programs of the S&T Directorate, the SBIR topics generally address the needs of the seven DHS Operational Units, i.e., U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Transportation Security Administration, U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Federal Emergency Management Agency, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and U.S. Secret Service, as well as First Responders.

For the Phase II SBIR effort, the DHS S&T SBIR Program has a Cost Match feature for SBIR projects that attract matching cash from an outside investor. The purpose is to focus SBIR funding on those projects that are most likely to be developed into viable new products that DHS and others will buy and that will thereby make a major contribution to homeland security and/or economic capabilities. Click here for more information about the Cost Match feature.

The DHS S&T SBIR Program has several processes in place to accelerate the Phase I and Phase II award process to further satisfy operational requirements and commercial application, including but not limited to, the implementation of the OATS (Other Agency Technology Solutions) pilot program which leverages SBIR investments made by other agencies to fill DHS capability gaps and requirements. The intent of the OATS pilot is to help transition successful SBIR Phase II technology projects into both the government and private markets more rapidly and to provide DHS program managers with an opportunity to reduce program risk.

  • Phase I awards are typically made within 90 days of selection.
  • Phase II projects will be reviewed and awards will be made incrementally, as quickly as possible, to maintain the momentum of the Phase I effort.


  • 05.12.2016 DHS S&T Announces its FY16.1 Phase I Awardees Read More
  • 09.17.2015 DHS SBIR Funded Technology Available as Mobile Application Read More
  • 04.29.2015 DHS S&T uses SBIR, and partnership between Canada and USDA, to Develop a Car Wash that Could Protect Food Supply Read More
  • 03.29.2012 Office of Inspector General online Hotline Investigative Referral Submission Form Read More
  • 01.12.2012 SBIR and STTR programs reauthorized through September 30, 2017 Read More

There are no open solicitations at this time.

Please check back regularly for open Solicitations.

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Click HERE if you wish you take a look at the past solicitations.

Upcoming SBIR Outreach Events by SBIR Program Office on 02/09/2016

As we start the new year, we would first like to thank all of the small businesses that submitted to our 16.1 SBIR Solicitation. The response was great! From these proposals we hope to develop quality technology solutions for DHS needs.

Looking forward, now is the time to plan ahead if you intend to participate in any of this year's SBIR outreach events. SBA has announced its schedule of events for this year (see below) and is putting special emphasis on woman-owned and disadvantaged small businesses. DHS SBIR intends to participate in as many of these events as possible.

  • GULF COAST SBIR/STTR Conference, New Orleans, LA - APRIL 4-6
  • SOUTH EAST - APRIL 19-22 (Little Rock, AR; Nashville, TN; Atlanta

Welcome to the new SBIR Site by SBIR Program Office on 12/10/2015

Welcome to the new look and feel of the DHS SBIR website. We hope that navigating to the information that we provide on this website is easier for you and that you find the information relevant to your needs if you are interested in working in the research and development space and if you are seeking funding for your innovative solutions that have the potential to meet DHS needs and capability gaps. Of course, the best measure of a site like this is to hear back from users, especially those from the small business community, on both the content and the usability of the site. Please share your thoughts by sending comments to stsbir.program@hq.dhs.gov. We will consider your input as we contin

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