DHS holds biological and agricultural security competition

DHS holds biological and agricultural security competition.
DHS holds biological and agricultural security competition.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently announced that the Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) and the Research Development Partnerships (RDP) Group Office of National Labs (ONL) will be holding an ideation contest beginning Sept. 30.

The contest serves to facilitate innovation in areas relating to security in biological and agricultural arenas. DHS intends to invest in these areas through the establishment of the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF), which would house what is known as the innovation ecosystem.

The NBAF Think and Do Challenge seeks ideas that will facilitate the research mission of the facility and those that facilitate the development of products, policy and other services to foster national interests in biological and agricultural security.
They state that minimum prizes amount to $15,000 with the maximum payout for any one submission set at $100,000.

Submissions from individuals, organizations and companies should be entered to DHS between Sept. 30 and Nov. 30 by 11:59 p.m. ET.
The NBAF is a proposed facility that will specialize in the research of biological agents that affect livestock and crop health; it aims to be able to help in national efforts to develop vaccines and countermeasures against emerging diseases. The facility is expected to begin operations in 2022. 

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