Federal Manager's Daily Report

As a way to harness the greater science and technology

community in support of its mission, the Department of

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Homeland Security has opted to fund 66 businesses from 23

states through its Small Business Innovation Research program.

Businesses get around $100,000 to define the scientific,

technical and commercial merit of particular concepts

during a six month period, and if successful, will move on

to phase-II awards for $750,000 over two years to take the

concept to a prototype stage, said DHS.