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HSARPAHomeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency
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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.
HSARPA is seeking proposals for the following research and development topics:
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.
However, HSARPA is putting its money into an airborne gradiometer, which can measures slight anomalies in slopes or earth.
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).
HSARPA 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.
And funding for the HSARPA is still relatively small ($500 million), while putting effective program managers in place for it will take some time.
HSARPA in 2004 awarded contracts to 10 companies, calling for the development of detectors that can discriminate between naturally occurring radioactive materials and ingredients that could be used to create a nuclear device.