Department of Homeland Security Awards $1.3 Million to Small Businesses for Cybersecurity Research and Development

Department-of-Homeland-Security-Awards-to-startupsOn August 12, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate announced it has awarded $1.3 million to 13 small businesses to support the development of new cyber security technology.

In December 2015, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate announced a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program. Since its inception in 2004, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate SBIR Program has been a competitive program. The SIBR awards innovative and creative small businesses in federal research and development initiatives with the goal of increasing private-sector commercialization of its own solutions and to put forward the development of new and enhanced cybersecurity solutions.

The goal of the SIBR program is to increase the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development programs and to challenge the industry to bring innovative homeland security solutions to reality.

The SBIR proposal presented four main topics designed to help the research and development of software and components to cope with the needs of the Department. This year the SIBR awarded $1.3 million to 13 companies who were able to present projects fulfilling all of the goals of the SIBR program. The solicited topics

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