CCAT distributes $600,000 for homeland tech

CCAT distributes $600,000 for homeland tech

The federally funded Center for Commercialization of Advanced Technology in San Diego has issued 16 grants totaling about $600,000 for domestic defense technology projects, including several IT projects.

CCAT sponsors research and market studies aimed at commercializing homeland security technologies. The most recent grants are the center's eighth cycle of awards (see story at www.gcn.com/vol1_no1/security/22291-1.html).

That round included projects in border and airport security, chemical and biological detection, first responder needs, environmental and structural technologies, decision support, pattern recognition and microelectronics.

A CCAT spokesman said the organization likely would begin its next round of grant application requests in September. Since its start in July 2001, the center has issued $8.2 million in grants. Funding and support come from the Defense Department and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center in San Diego, along with San Diego State University, the University of California at San Diego and Orincon Corp.

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