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Small Business Grants from Homeland Security

Competitive awards seeking innovative ideas and inventions


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking for several good ideas and is offering grants to help small businesses develop them.

The agency's science and technology division has just launched a program designed to fund security-related innovations and inventions by small businesses. Funded through the DHS' Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, grant awards will be limited to U.S. companies with 500 or fewer employees.

Successful companies will be awarded initial grants of $100,000 for six months. During those six months, the companies will be expected to conduct research adequate to prove the scientific, technical and commercial worth of their concepts. If DHS accepts their ideas, the companies may then apply for two-year, $750,000 grants to be spent on developing functional prototypes.

Proposals will be accepted for applications in the following areas:

  • Chemical and biological defense
  • Information technology
  • Marine security

    Specific examples of new systems DHS is looking for include, computer-modeling tool to assess the vulnerability of U.S. infrastructure, new chemical and biological sensors, and ship-compartment inspection devices.

    How to Apply for These Grants Solicitations for these SBIR grants are being accepted from Nov. 19 through Dec. 15, 2003 by the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA). Solicitations may be submitted (electronically only) through the HSARPA Web site located at www.hsarpa.com. (The Web site will not be fully functional until Nov. 19.)

    The complete solicitation can be downloaded now from: www.eps.gov/spg/DHS-DR/OCPO/DHS-OCPO/HSSCHQ-04-R-00103/listing.html

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