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Department of Homeland Security

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The Department of Homeland Security has a vital mission: to secure the nation from the many threats we face. This requires the dedication of more than 240,000 employees in jobs that range from aviation and border security to emergency response, from cybersecurity analyst to chemical facility inspector. Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear – keeping America safe.  Our duties are wide-ranging, but our goal is clear: a safer, more secure America, which is resilient against terrorism and other potential threats.

The vision of homeland security is to ensure a homeland that is safe, secure, and resilient against terrorism and other hazards.

Three key concepts form the foundation of our national homeland security strategy designed to achieve this vision:

  • Security,
  • Resilience, and
  • Customs and Exchange.

In turn, these key concepts drive broad areas of activity that the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR) process defines as homeland security missions. These missions are enterprise-wide, and not limited to the Department of Homeland Security. These missions and their associated goals and objectives tell us in detail what it means to prevent, to protect, to respond, and to recover, as well as to build in security, to ensure resilience, and to facilitate customs and exchange.

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DHS InnoPrize Program-Prize Competitions

“Challenges to Keep our Nation Safe-Your Solutions”

In March 2015, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate  introduced the InnoPrize Program to assist DHS in planning and executing prize competitions that enable a transparent and fresh approach to operational challenges, problem solving, and spurring innovation. For each competition, program managers will use a strategic approach to determine prize topics, innovation gaps or other intriguing problems that are best suited for a prize competition. A well-defined problem or question will be posed to the public along with specific criteria. Innovative problem solvers are encouraged to contribute promising ideas, products, prototypes, and solutions for judging.

Winning solution(s) are then assessed based upon the stated competition criteria using a diverse set of practitioners, end users, engineers, subject matter experts, and other industry or R&D leaders as judges. This not only helps to ensure that the submissions are evaluated properly but also helps to determine if the desired results can be achieved, its marketing potential, and the proposed solution’s use as a standalone innovation or as a part of a government project.

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U.S Cyber Challenge

Department of Homeland Security

Compete in US Cyber Challenge's Cyber Quests competition and validate your cyber skills! Open to all!

Closed OnApr 30, 2018

Hidden Signals Challenge

Department of Homeland Security

Can you identify biothreats in real-time?

Closed OnDec 04, 2017

Passenger Screening Algorithm Challenge

Department of Homeland Security

Can you locate hidden objects?

Closed OnDec 15, 2017

Environmentally Friendly Replacement for Buoy Mooring Systems

Department of Homeland Security

Help design and build an innovative buoy mooring solution

Closed OnFeb 12, 2016

National Bio-Agro Defense Facility: Think and Do Challenge

Department of Homeland Security

Help DHS S&T shape the future of a bio/agro security innovation ecosystem

Closed OnNov 30, 2015

“Where Am I, Where Is My Team?”

Department of Homeland Security

Develop sensors and communication tools to track first responders while they are inside a structure, without the need to establish towers or other devices. The technology must scale and be able to perform well across a variety of indoor environments, current with emerging technologies and techniques.

Closed OnApr 02, 2015

Next Generation Design and Queue Model

Department of Homeland Security

TSA is looking for the Next Generation Checkpoint Queue Design Model to apply a scientific and simulation modeling approach to meet the dynamic security screening environment.

Closed OnAug 15, 2014

Preparing Our Communities Before a Disaster Strikes

Department of Homeland Security

FEMA challenged the public to share ideas for community-based activities to help everyone prepare for disaster.

Closed OnJan 30, 2011