The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) awarded $1.1 million to seven (7) federal laboratories that support homeland security missions and stakeholders. The research awards are from DHS S&T’s Commercialization Accelerator Program (CAP).

“The Commercialization Accelerator Program bridges the gap between research and the marketplace, accelerating the use and expanding the availability of federally funded technologies,” said Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “We are proud to leverage innovative research from labs across the federal government to support the DHS mission in addressing critical homeland security challenges.”

The CAP is designed to accelerate technology maturity and bridge the gap between federal scientific research and private industry.

The CAP has three main goals:

  • Identify promising federally funded technologies that address an existing or imminent need that impacts the DHS mission.
  • Increase utilization of federally funded R&D to enhance Homeland Security Enterprise capabilities through partnerships, product development efforts, and commercialization.
  • Improve the long-term ability of federal government research organizations to transfer HSE-relevant technologies more efficiently.

Many research projects selected for funding are relevant to technologies impacting the UAS and Counter-UAS industries.

The Idaho National Laboratory, which has established its Wireless Security Institute (WSI), was awarded funding for Wireless Radio Frequency Signal Identification & Protocol Reverse Engineering proposal. The Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory was awarded funding for Out of Band Over Existing Industrial Control Communications.

Over the next 12-24 months, DHS S&T anticipates the award recipients will establish technology transfer agreements with private industry to enable new products and services while completing the research, development, testing and evaluation of the technologies.

2022 CAP Research Awards

The 2022 CAP awardees are:

Department of Energy:

  • Argonne National Laboratory: Autonomous Intelligent Cyber-Defense Agent
  • Idaho National Laboratory (2): Plug-N-Play Appliance for Resilient Response of Operational Technologies; Wireless Radio Frequency Signal Identification & Protocol Reverse Engineering
  • Los Alamos National Laboratory: Industrial Internet of Things – Physics-Informed AI Vibe Sensor for Condition Monitoring and Cybersecurity
  • SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory: Grid Resilience & Intelligence Platform 2.0

University Affiliated Research Center:

  • Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory: Out of Band Over Existing Industrial Control Communications

Department of Defense:

  • U.S. Naval Research Laboratory: Portable Electrochemical Sensor & Test Kit for Explosive & Gunshot Residue

Department of Commerce:

  • National Institute of Standards and Technology Information Technology Laboratory: Artificial Intelligence Bug Finder

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