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DHS announces challenge for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

DHS announces challenge for National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

The Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate has announced a competition designed to help the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) better protect the nation’s animal agricultural industry and public health.

The Think and Do Challenge is seeking unique ideas and concepts to jump start the development of an innovation ecosystem that will enhance public/private sector collaboration, leverage stakeholder knowledge and capabilities, accelerate the speed of technology transfer and enable skilled training and talent development in support of the NBAF mission.

The winners will receive up to $100,000 for the development or implementation of their submissions under the America COMPETES Act. Submissions will be accepted until Nov. 30 and must include a written business plan that clearly states an understanding of the solution and its impact on, creative and specialized collaboration, innovation, talent or training to the innovation ecosystem.

The NBAF is a biocontainment laboratory focused on the study diseases that threaten America’s agriculture and public health, and is currently under construction in Manhattan, Kan.  "The NBAF will open in 2022," DHS S&T Undersecretary Reginald Brothers said, "but we are laying the groundwork now for its future success.”

Posted by Derek Major on Oct 06, 2015 at 8:28 AM


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