On these lines, the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking innovative solutions from blockchain startups through a new solicitation, “Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses,” under S&T’s Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).
According to the official release, companies participating in the SVIP are eligible to receive up to $800,000 in non-dilutive funding over four phases. It is open to those firms that have not had a government contract in the past 12 months totaling $1 million or more and have less than 200 employees at the time of application.
In particular, the DHS is seeking solutions in areas such as identity documents for travel; identity of organizations and organizational delegates; tribal identity documents for travel; citizenship, immigration and employment authorization; cross-border oil import tracking; and origin of raw material imports.
“The broad Homeland Security mission includes the need to issue entitlements, licenses and certifications for a variety of purposes including travel, citizenship, employment eligibility, immigration status and supply chain security,” said S&T SVIP Technical Director Anil John. “Understanding the feasibility and utility of using Blockchain and distributive ledger technology for the digital issuance of what are currently paper-based credentials is critical to preventing their loss, destruction, forgery and counterfeiting.”
The announcement comes on the heels of a pre-solicitation notice released by the DHS in which it is seeking applications of blockchain forensic analytics for newer cryptocurrencies, such as Zcash and Monero.