US Department of Homeland Security Funds Half a Dozen Blockchain Research Projects

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The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a total of $3.1 million in competitive research awards for 29 small businesses located across 12 states, and Washington, D.C.

Each business was awarded approximately $100,000 in preliminary funding through DHS S&T’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program. Thirty-one contracts were awarded in 10 topic areas including Blockchain:

  • Applicability of Blockchain Technology to Identity Management and Privacy Protection
    • Digital Bazaar, Inc.
    • Respect Network Corporation
    • Narf Industries LLC
    • Celerity Government Solutions, LLC
  • Blockchain Applications for Homeland Security Analytics
    • Block Cypher
    • RAM laboratories, Inc.
  • Remote Identity Proofing Alternatives to Knowledge Based Authentication and Verification
    • Card Smart technologies
    • PreID Inc.
    • Pomian & Corella
  • Security Systems Video and Audio Interoperability
    • Balfour Technologies LLC
    • McQ Inc.
    • Systems Engineering, Inc.
  • Malware Prediction for Preemptive Cyber Defense
    • BlueRISC, Inc.
    • GrammaTech, Inc.
    • Red Balloon Security
    • ZeroPoint Dynamics, LLC
  • Autonomous Indoor Navigation and Tracking of First Responders
    • Robotic Research, LLC
    • Oceanit laboratories, Inc.
    • Integrated Solutions for Systems
    • Human Systems Integration, Inc.
  • Internet of Things (IoT) Low-Cost Flood Inundation Sensor
    • Physical Optics Corporation
    • Progeny Systems Corporation
    • Evigia Systems, Inc.
  • Low-Cost, Real-Time Data Analytics for Underserved EMS Agencies
    • ElanTech
    • Azavea Inc.
  • Real-Time Assessment of Resilience and Preparedness
    • InferLink Corporation
    • Datanova Scientific LLC
  • Using Social Media to Support Timely and Targeted Emergency Response Actions
    • Physical Optics Corporation
    • ElanTech
    • Decisive Analytics
    • Utopia Compression Corporation

The solicitation, released in December 2015, included the above topics developed by S&T program managers to address the research and development needs of DHS components and the greater homeland security enterprise. Small businesses may be eligible for further development funding from their initial project results, as well as the scientific and technical merit and perceived commercialization potential moving forward into development.

Initiated in 2004, the DHS S&T SBIR Program is a competitive contract awards program to increase the participation of innovative and creative U.S. small businesses in federal research and development initiatives and to increase private sector commercialization of SBIR-funded solutions.

For more about the S&T SBIR Program, visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/sbir

About Richard Kastelein

Founder, Publisher and Editor in Chief of Blockchain News and co-founder and director at Blockchain Partners in London/Amsterdam/NYC, Richard Kastelein is also an advisor with a number Blockchain startups doing ICOs including DECENT.ch, Inchain, Humaniq, Chronobank, eGaas and others.

He is regarded as one of the top journalists by the Blockchain and fintech communities – as is evident by his entry in the Top 150 Fintech journalists online and in the top 10 of the Blockchain Top 100 List. As a prominent keynote presenter, he has spoken on Blockchain at events in Gdansk, Amsterdam, Minsk, Dubai, Antwerp, Eindhoven etc, where he helped spread the cause for Blockchain technology and crypto-currency and, consequently, has built a notable network inthe scene.

In 2013, the European Commission appointed him as an expert for overseeing financing for emerging startups as a part of the European Commission’s 90 billion euro Horizon 2020 project, created in Brussels to promote innovation as a driving force of job creation and business ventures across Europe. He has also worked as an external expert for Innovate UK since 2012, judging startups for the UK government.

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