The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate announced last month that it has selected 19 companies for Phase I of its Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contracts. The 19 companies were awarded at total of $2.94 million covering 10 states.
Each company will receive up to $150,000 to explore concept feasibility over a six month period within the Phase I stage of the program. “The 19 companies are grouped into seven research areas — from wearable fentanyl sensors to solutions for reducing CT image review time and more.” Those companies successful in their proof of concept may be eligible “for a Phase II contract (and with it up to $750,000 in further funding) depending on what is accomplished in the coming six months.”
Phase I projects include:
- Feasibility to build a fentanyl detection sensor to be worn by first responder personnel.
- Utilizing the radio-frequency emitted from cell phones to find the location of the phone without disrupting traditional service.
- Working on ways to reduce CT screening system operator burden
- Automated analysis of Internet of Things device firmware
- Methods for detecting interference with communication tools.