The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is seeking to advance next generation and novel technologies to characterize biological and chemical threat agents for source attribution in support of criminal investigations.
This Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) seeks research to support the missions of the National Bioforensics Analysis Center (NBFAC) and FBI for evidentiary analysis and interpretation of results to support a criminal investigation. The ultimate goal of this joint mission is the capture, indictment, and prosecution of the perpetrators of the biocrime or terrorist attack.
Pursuant to this mission, the Bioforensics R&D Program seeks products and research in four technical topic areas:
- High affinity products for select agent identification and neutralization
- Domain-specific products for select agent identification
- Sequence subtraction databases for viral metagenomics analyses
- Bacterial population genetics of select agent pathogens
The effort is being managed by DHS’ Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Chemical and Biological Defense Division (CBD).
Further details are available via Solicitation Number: HSHQDC14RB0009OBAA14003Call3. The white paper closing date is Feb. 20, 2015.