DHS FY 19 SBIR Solicitation

Funding Agency:
Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program, comprised of the Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s SBIR Program and the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction Office’s (CWMD) SBIR Program, invites small business concerns (SBCs) to submit innovative proposals under this Solicitation. Eligible small business concerns with the capability to conduct research or research and development (R/R&D) in any of the homeland security‐related topic areas described in Appendix A, and to commercialize the results of that R/R&D, are encouraged to participate. The DHS SBIR Program Office encourages all small business concerns, including small disadvantaged, women‐owned, veteran‐owned, service‐disabled veteran‐owned, and socially and economically disadvantaged small business concerns to submit proposals in response to topics described in this Solicitation.

The SBIR Program is a three phase program. The objective of Phase I is to determine the scientific, technical, and commercial merit and feasibility of the proposed effort, and the quality of performance of the small business concern, with a relatively small agency investment prior to providing further Federal support in Phase II. Phase I proposals should concentrate on that R/R&D which will significantly contribute to proving the scientific and technical feasibility, and commercialization potential of the proposed effort. The successful completion of which is a prerequisite for further DHS support in Phase II. Offerors are encouraged to consider whether the R/R&D being proposed also has private sector potential, either for the proposed application or as a base for other applications.

Due Date for Phase I Proposals: January 23, 2019 at 12:00 noon ET

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Eligibility Requirements

Small Business Concerns that are majority‐owned by multiple venture capital operating companies, hedge funds or private equity firms are not eligible to submit proposals in response to this Solicitation nor are they eligible to receive a DHS SBIR award. To receive SBIR funds, each awardee of a Phase I or Phase II award must qualify as a small business concern at the time of award and at any other time set forth in SBA’s regulations at 13 CFR 121.701 through 121.705. For both Phase I and Phase II, the primary employment of the principal investigator must be with the small business concern at the time of the award and during contract performance. Primary employment means that more than one‐half of the principal investigator’s time is spent in the employ of the small business concern. This precludes full‐time employment with another organization. For both Phase I and Phase II, all research or research and development must be performed by the small business concern and its subcontractors in the United States.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

January 23, 2019