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DHS Launches New Biosecurity Lab Prize Challenge

NBAF National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) this week announced a new $100,000 ideation prize competition called the “National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility Think and Do Challenge.”

DHS Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) is seeking individuals and entities with unique ideas and concepts to jump start the development of an innovation ecosystem focused on Bio/Agro Security.

Innovation ecosystems typically consist of the people, institutions, policies and resources that promote the translation of new ideas into products, processes and services. This innovation ecosystem will support one of DHS’s major infrastructure investments: The National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF).

The competition seeks novel approaches to build one or more pieces of the innovation ecosystem, resulting in enhancements to innovation, collaboration, training, and talent, therefore enhancing the NBAF mission.

Cash prizes awarded from this competition are intended to fund a portion of the operating budget for the ideas and associated business plans that provides the best solution to build one or more pieces of an innovation ecosystem that aligns to the needs of the NBAF mission.

The submission deadline is November 30, 2015.

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