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Announcement Bilateral Call for Proposals Cyber Security

News | 18-05-2017

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate’s (S&T) Cyber Security Division (CSD) and its counterparts in the Netherlands today announced a bilateral call to provide $2.6M of funding for collaborative cybersecurity research projects conducted by joint U.S.-Dutch teams.

The Dutch partners in the bilateral call are the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) and the National Cyber Security Center (NCSC). The announcement was made today during the International One Conference in The Hague by CSD Division Director Dr. Douglas Maughan; Raymond Doijen, NCSC Head of Cyber Security Expertise and Advice; and Jan Piet Barthel, NWO Program Manager of Cybersecurity Research.

“Cybersecurity concerns do not stop at national borders. This new international bilateral agreement recognizes this reality by funding joint U.S.-Dutch research teams to develop capabilities that will benefit both countries,” said DHS Under Secretary (Acting) for Science and Technology Dr. Robert Griffin.

Building on existing research projects being conducted jointly by the two countries, the goal of this initiative is to strengthen research and development (R&D) collaboration between the top cybersecurity researchers from both nations. The two research focus areas for the bilateral U.S.-Netherlands call are Industrial Control Systems/Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition and Distributed Denial of Service attacks and the Domain Name System. In all, the partners plan to fund up to five research proposals.

Under the program, half of the available R&D funding will be provided by DHS S&T CSD through its recently announced International Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) HSHQDC-17-R-B001, which was published on FedBizOpps on February 7. The purpose of this five-year, $9.5 million BAA—also called the Cyber Security International Collaboration Research and Development program—is to facilitate cooperative cybersecurity R&D activities with CSD’s current and future international partners, including the Kingdom of the Netherlands. Funding from the BAA will be awarded to U.S.-based researchers.

The other half of the funding for the program will be provided by the NWO and the NCSC and will be awarded to researchers based in that country.

Patricia Zorko, director Cyber Security, Ministry of Security & Justice: “With this joint call we reaffirm our joint mission to foster stronger research links between The Netherlands and the U.S., and strengthen collaboration between our nations’ best cyber security researchers. We can only address the challenges we face now and in the future by investing in our shared knowledge. The NCSC is very proud to have DHS and NWO as partners in this field.”

“This bilateral call is a significant step forward in CSD’s partnership program with international cybersecurity organizations,” said Maughan. “We are excited because this first-of-its-kind funding will bring about cooperative partnerships between U.S.-based and Netherlands-based researchers, bringing a truly global perspective to an international concern: the cybersecurity of critical infrastructure and networks.”

Jan Piet Barthel recalled: “The idea to run a U.S. - Netherlands pilot call was born more than five years ago at the Dutch Embassy in Washington D.C.  The global challenges of cybersecurity, the appreciation of the research community and the pilot results achieved, convinced us to continue and strengthen our valuable partnership with DHS-CSD.”

To be eligible for funding through this bilateral call, submitted proposals are required to have teams comprised of academia, industry and laboratory (U.S. only) researchers from both countries and must be a single, unified proposal that describes a full program of work in both countries. Both NWO/NCSC and CSD will conduct separate reviews of submitted proposals. An international committee—consisting of representatives from each organization—will select the research proposals that will be awarded the bilateral call’s funding.

Interested U.S.-Netherlands cybersecurity research teams can submit a combined proposal to their respective country’s participating organization until 8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time on August 31.

CSD currently is working on similar bilateral calls with its other international partners and will announce new solicitations throughout the life of its five-year Cyber Security International Collaboration Research and Development program.

CSD’s mission is to enhance the security and resilience of the nation’s critical information infrastructure and the Internet by developing and delivering new technologies, tools and techniques to defend against cyberattacks. The division conducts and supports technology transitions and leads and coordinates R&D among DHS customers, government agencies, the private sector and international partners. CSD is part of the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency. For more information about CSD, visit https://www.dhs.gov/cyber-research.

fltr: Douglas Maughan, Jan Piet Barthel and Raymond Doijen (photo Paul Voorham)

fltr: Douglas Maughan, Jan Piet Barthel and Raymond Doijen (photo Paul Voorham)

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