Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP)

Other Funding
  • Program Type
    Other Funding
  • Submission Deadline
    The application deadlines are January 13 and April 13, 2022 at 12pm PT.
  • Industry Focus
    Businesses that have fewer than 200 employees or full-time equivalents Not have been a party to any Federal Acquisition Regulation-based contracts and/or federally awarded grants totaling more than $1M in the past 12 months

SVIP reaches out to innovation communities across the world to harness commercial R&D for government applications, co-invest in, and accelerate the transition of technology to the commercial market.

Silicon Valley Innovation Program

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.

Challenge Details

Funding Mechanism

SVIP utilizes the Innovation Other Transaction Solicitation (OTS) — SVIP OTS 70RSAT21R00000006 to engage with organizations that do not usually work with the government in order to carry out prototype projects and possibly transition successful projects to production. This engagement is intended to assist new companies so they have more opportunities to work with DHS through targeted non-dilutive funding and provide opportunities for operational testing and market access. Through SVIP, DHS intends to incentivize product developers to open the aperture of their development road maps to include homeland security solutions.

Eligibility Requirements

While the Department's "Other Transaction" authority extends to "non-traditional government contractors," SVIP targets only a subset of those performers that meet the following requirements:
Phase 1 applicants may be based in U.S. or internationally
Phase 1 applicants must register for a Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) number:
Phase 1 applicants must have fewer than 200 employees or full-time equivalents (FTEs). Calculations for FTEs must account for and include affiliated businesses - such as parent companies and subsidiaries - that are either in or outside of the U.S.
Phase 1 applicants must not have been a party to any Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR)-based contract and /or federally awarded grant of cooperative agreement with a combined total of more than $1,000,000 in the past 12 months, whether as a prime contractor or subcontractor.


Equity Free
Performance-based contract. Up to $800K in non-dilutive funding available.

Instant access to DHS public/private sector partnerships and the greater homeland security enterrise, a $444B market.

Learn from the best. We have a deep bench of government and private sector partners who can offer guidance and make introductions.

Market Validation
Find market fit through prototype testing and pilot opportunities.

Amplify Your Reach
Opportunity to demo your product to gevernment, industry, and investores around the world.

Follow-on Funding
Our portfolio companies have received follow-on funding by venture capital investors.

Future Phases

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