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Published:March 15th, 2007 04:52 EST
DHS Awards High-Tech Research Contracts to 22 Small Businesses

DHS Awards High-Tech Research Contracts to 22 Small Businesses

By SOP newswire

Washington – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) directorate announced the selection today of 22 small businesses to participate in technology contracts that will increase innovation and creativity in research and development in homeland security solutions. A total of 23 projects will be funded through the department’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program with individual firms receiving up to $100,000 in one of five research areas for up to six months.

“I am pleased to announce this sixth set of awards to small businesses to develop innovative technology that will help meet the department’s mission to protect the homeland,” said Jay M. Cohen, Under Secretary for S&T. “We are already seeing excellent results from the first set of awards of April 2004, and I am confident that our SBIR program will continue to make great research contributions.”

In Phase I, firms will define the scientific, technical and commercial merit of a particular concept. Firms whose concepts prove successful in Phase I may be invited to apply for a two-year Phase II award, which will not exceed $750,000, and furthers development of the original concept into a prototype stage.

Participation in the SBIR program is restricted to for-profit, small businesses in the United States with 500 or fewer employees, including all affiliated firms. Small businesses selected to enter negotiation for Phase I awards are:

System for Designing and Evaluating Chemical or Biological Agent Sensor Networks

  • Applied Nanotech, Inc. — Austin, Texas

  • Peerless Technologies Corporation — Fairborn, Ohio

  • RhinoCorps, Ltd. — Albuquerque, N.M.

  • Toyon Research Corporation — Goleta, Calif.

Mobile Peripheral Device for Biological Analysis

  • Diagnostic Biosensors, LLC — Minneapolis, Minn.

  • Lynntech, Inc. — College Station, Texas

  • Physical Optics Corporation — Torrance, Calif

  • Westrack, LLC — Prescott, Ariz.

Advanced Unattended Ground Sensors (UGS) Technologies

  • Biophan Technologies, Inc. — Santa Clara, Calif.

  • MCQ, Inc. — Fredericksburg, Va.

  • Systems & Process Engineering Corp. — Austin, Texas

  • Toyon Research Corporation — Goleta, Calif

  • TPL, Inc. — Albuquerque, N.M.

3-D Visualization System to Show First Responders and Assets within Building Structures in Urban Areas for Situational Awareness

  • 21st Century Systems, Incorporated — Omaha, Neb.

  • Architecture Technology Corporation — Eden Prairie, N.M.

  • BALFOUR Technologies, LLC — Bethpage, N.Y.

  • Kutta Consulting, Inc. — Phoenix, Ariz.

  • UtopiaCompression Corporation — Los Angeles, Calif.

Automated Scenario/Script Builder for Simulation-Based Training Systems

  • Charles River Analytics, Inc. — Cambridge, Mass.

  • Continuity Solutions, LLC — Reston, Va.

  • Intelligent Systems Technology, Inc. — Santa Monica, Calif.

  • Rite-Solutions, Inc. — Middletown, R.I.

  • Quimba Software — San Mateo, Calif.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate serves as the primary research and development arm of the Department, utilizing the Nation’s scientific and technological resources to provide federal, state and local officials with the technology and capabilities to protect the homeland. The S&T Directorate’s Office of Innovation/HSARPA administers the DHS SBIR/STTR programs on behalf of both the S&T Directorate and the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office.

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