Opportunity number
Topic Number: SEC CYB 01-04; Solicitation: DHSST-LRBAA 18-01
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
DHS S&T-NIST Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3)
Due date
Five-year announcement and will remain open until June 3, 2023.
Advanced Manufacturing Big Data Broadband Entrepreneurship Healthcare Information Technologies Infrastructure Innovation Public Safety Research
Project funding
Funding size
Up to $5M

DHS S&T-NIST Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3)

RFP Summary provided by the agency

DHS S&T is working closely with National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)on NIST’s 2017-2018 Global Cities Team Challenge (GCTC) to reach out and raise awareness of the need for cybersecurity in emerging “Smart Cities.” The new DHS S&T-NIST Smart and Secure Cities and Communities Challenge (SC3) program is encouraging GCTC participants to adopt designed-in cybersecurity for “smart city” systems that are more secure, reliable, resilient and protective of privacy. Through SC3, DHS S&T CSD is promoting the development, adoption and implementation of cybersecurity protections within smart-city environments and helping DHS S&T-funded programs and performers bring their solutions into the GCTC. DHS S&T is also calling on innovators from the cybersecurity industry and research community to teach cities, communities and GCTC teams about cyber challenges, cyber physical systems and internet-of-things devices to help address cybersecurity and privacy objectives.

Example project(s) summaries from past RFPs:

DHS (S&T) announced a $4.8 million contract award to the Center for Innovative Technology (CIT) of Herndon, Virginia, to apply cutting-edge Internet of Things (IoT) technologies to first responders and the commercial marketplace. Awarded via S&T’s Long Range Broad Agency Announcement solicitation, the goal of this two-year effort is to foster collaboration at all levels of government in order to make the nation’s cities smarter and citizens safer. S&T and CIT will work together to help the private sector integrate or retrofit IoT technologies (e.g. Wi-Fi, thermal and 360-degree imagery) into commercial buildings as well as the use of unmanned aerial vehicles to detect individuals during an incident and for search and rescue. The result of this collaborative initiative will allow building owners and insurance carriers to mitigate liability exposure, and the sensors will help guide first responders during an incident. https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2017/09/18/news-release-st-awards-48-million-center-innovative

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