Wanted: New technologies for DOD, DHS
- By William Jackson
- Jul 23, 2004
The Defense Department is looking for a few good technologies, and the University of California at San Bernardino is offering help in getting them to market.
Industry, academic research institutions and government labs are being invited to apply for research and development grants to put promising technologies meeting DOD and Homeland Security Department needs on the fast track to commercialization.
Successful applicants can get up to $75,000 for product development and for R&D from the Consortium for the Commercialization of Advanced Technology. CCAT is a division of the Office of Technology Transfer and Commercialization at CSU San Bernardino. Mentoring, marketing studies and assistance in developing business plans also are available.
The goal of the solicitation is to identify and select innovative new technologies that address key military and homeland defense needs. A number of high-priority technology needs have been identified, including:
- Decision making systems
- Wide-area alert systems
- Detection, protection, response to and recovery from chemical, biological and nuclear weapons
- Waterside port protection
- Blast mitigation
- Detection of improvised explosive devices
- Environmental health and occupational safety
- Protective metal coatings
- Advanced smart materials
- Biomedical technologies
- Port and border defense
- Maritime and land logistics security.
'Promising technologies must have proceeded beyond the conceptual and early-development stage,' CCAT said. It also must address a demonstrated DOD or DHS need. Technologies will be evaluated on:
- Relevance to a stated need
- Reasonability of requested services
- Technical merit
- Commercial potential
- Applicant's competitiveness
- Ability to execute the project
Industry and academic institutions must submit applications by Aug. 16. The government lab solicitation is open solicitation and applications may be submitted at any time.
The solicitation, application forms and additional information are available at www.ottc.csusb.edu.
William Jackson is a Maryland-based freelance writer.