Securing Soft Targets

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Submission Deadline
    Virtual Industry Day – Mar 22, 2022 9:30-11:30a PT
  • Program Duration
    Topic Call Details & Application Instructions – 2 Deadlines: April 28, 2022 & August 29, 2022 @ 12 noon PT
  • Industry Focus
    Small Business, Industry
  • Eligibilty Requirements (Y/N)

The latest SVIP topic call will help to secure soft targets (STs) and reduce the number of attacks on vulnerable areas. The Securing Soft Targets topic call seeks to address recent changes in the threat landscape and trends in global and domestic incidents by finding cutting edge solutions that improve DHS’s ability to detect risks and deter threats.

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate

The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP) is keeping pace with the innovation community to tackle the hardest problems faced by DHS and the Homeland Security Enterprise. SVIP expands DHS S&T’s reach to find new technologies that strengthen national security with the goal of reshaping how government, entrepreneurs, and industry work together to find cutting-edge solutions. SVIP accomplishes this by reaching out to innovation communities across the nation and around the world to harness the commercial R&D ecosystem for technologies with government applications, to co-invest in ideas, and accelerate technology transition-to-market.

This SVIP solicitation seeks technical capabilities that could serve the mission needs of DHS operational components and programs, including the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). Applications must be able to describe alignment to at least one of the following technical topic areas:

  • Broad, Flexible, Anomaly Detection: The development of anomaly detection that is accurate, flexible, and sufficiently broad to cover the needs of a variety of soft target sites.
  • Challenges from Occlusion, Lighting, and Distance: Implementation of video analytics systems with objective performance, while navigating the challenges presented by occlusion, lighting, and distance.
  • Real-time Performance: Development of systems, composed of appropriate Application Specific Integrated Circuits (ASICs) and other components in innovative hardware architectures to serve as a platform for novel software algorithms, that offer real-time performance for a specific set of object identifications in a suite of video data, with accuracy increasing over time.
  • Future Phases

    Check out an overview of each competition phase below - complete rules for each phase will be released as the competition progresses.