DHS S&T awards funding to USC and Virginia Tech to optimize transition of science and technology projects


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Branch has provided combined funding of $ 1,319,980 to the University of Southern California (USC) and the Virginia Polytechnic and to State University (Virginia Tech) for S&T analysis and management of innovation activity. (STAMINA) III project. In partnership, the two universities will seek to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the transition of DHS S&T research and development (R&D) solutions, as well as to improve the responsiveness of the deployment of R&D results to clients that include a range of technical tools, technologies and knowledge products.

“This research will help lay a solid foundation for S&T activities and pave the way for a smooth transition from R&D results to component operations,” said Kathryn Coulter Mitchell, senior DHS official serving as Deputy secretary for science and technology. “Our deliverables are trustworthy because of the rigor we ensure throughout the lifecycle of the effort, from new technologies and process improvements to threat analysis and security outcomes. Soon we will better measure our influence with new metrics and knowledge management systems. “

The objective of the STAMINA III project is to bridge the gap between the development of new technologies and new products and their development into operational tools for DHS components. The project will provide a training program to teach R&D project managers how to oversee the transition process, while helping DHS S&T to effectively inform stakeholders and the public of these advances.

“Technology and threats evolve rapidly in today’s constantly changing environment,” said Dr. Lesley Blancas, Head of Technology Transition at DHS S&T. “We are monitoring these threats and capitalizing on technological advancements at a rapid pace, developing solutions and filling capacity gaps at a pace that reflects the speed of life. We are excited to work with strategic thought leaders at USC and Virginia Tech, who will help S&T fulfill our mission of providing effective and innovative information, methods and solutions for the critical needs of the homeland security business.

“USC and Virginia Tech both have experience and a proven track record of success in accelerating the rate of transition, technology transfer and commercialization of R&D in the security industry,” said Dr. Isaac Maya of USC. “Partnerships like this contribute an impressive array of academic research, software and tools to make the nation safer.

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