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SBIR Funding Solicitation to Develop Technology that Can Help Detect Trapped Survivor

Do You Have SBIR-Developed Technology that Can Help Detect Trapped Survivors? Respond to DHS SBIR Other Agency Technology Solution Request For Information (OATS RFI) by April 6

The Department of Homeland Security SBIR Program recently issued an OATS RFI seeking information on technologies that can detect trapped survivors in collapsed buildings and voids. Eligible submissions must leverage previous SBIR or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Phase I, Phase II or Phase III awards from a federal agency.

First responders can be faced with the daunting task of searching for survivors after a building collapse, but there remains a technological gap with respect to finding those that are trapped underneath rubble, or in crevices, created by large piles of concrete, metal, glass, and other materials.

The DHS SBIR Program is partnering with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to develop new subterranean remote search technologies for its National Urban Search & Rescue (US&R). FEMA’s US&R Response System organizes federal, state, and local partner emergency response teams as integrated federal disaster response task forces, which deploy to disaster areas. The teams use planned resources to find, rescue, and treat victims trapped in collapsed structures and conduct life-saving operations.

Interested companies with applicable SBIR or STTR technologies can visit the OATS RFI on for submission requirements, or watch the Deconstructing SBIR webinar to learn more about the technologies being sought and other important information. The deadline for white papers is April 6, 2022, at 11:59 pm ET.

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