However, in developing the next generation of BioWatch, HSARPA
has funded a broad range of technologies and platforms, including microarrays, Q-PCR and microfluidics technologies.
Participation in the HSARPA
SBIR Program is restricted to for-profit small businesses in the United States with 500 or fewer employees, including all affiliated firms.
is seeking proposals for the following research and development topics:
Meredith Lee - AAAS Science and Technology Policy Fellow, HSARPA
The law creating the new department gives HSARPA
a wide range of contracting vehicles, from grants to "other transactions" that are exempt from some Federal Acquisition Regulation rules.
In addition to HSARPA
, DHS will fold in existing R&D programs from DOE and the Departments of Agriculture and Transportation.
is putting its money into an airborne gradiometer, which can measures slight anomalies in slopes or earth.
does not expect to negotiate its first contracts until late January, and has yet to solicit proposals for other technologies, homeland security R&D money flowing through other agencies has already created lucrative contracts for instrument companies.
Alexander said HSARPA
will release more broad agency announcements requesting proposals for cutting-edge technologies that can be deployed within six to 18 months.
Final testing and production are anticipated by 2008 or 2009, according to Bob Knetl, container program manager for HSARPA
(Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency).
will help jumpstart and steer homeland security R&D toward high priority needs, such as port security and critical infrastructure protection.
Along with the new HSARPA
, R&D programs from the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Transporation will be incorporated into the DHS.