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BASALTBiosecurity Assessment using Semantic Analysis of Life-sciences Text

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Threat Reduction Agency
Contract: HDTRA118P0004
Agency Tracking Number: T172-004-0012
Amount: $149,992.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Solicitation Topic Code: DTRA172-004
Solicitation Number: 2017.2
Solicitation Year: 2017
Award Year: 2018
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2018-01-18
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2018-08-22
Small Business Information
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: No
Principal Investigator
 Peter David
 (703) 414-5009
Business Contact
 Dana Ho
Phone: (703) 414-5016
Research Institution

The BASALT (Biosecurity Assessment using Semantic Analysis of Life sciences Text) system accelerates the process of DURC (Dual Use Research of Concern) review by automatically the detecting of concepts of concern in research proposals. Concepts of concern are statements expressed as phrases, sentences, or even whole paragraphs, that evoke ideas related to the 15 pathogens and 7 experimental categories defined by the NSABB as potential triggers for dual-use categorization. BASALT is a novel application of new Natural Language Processing technologies to automatically identify concepts of concern in life sciences text. Our approach is designed to require a minimal amount of labeled training data, allowing us to achieve high-performance concept-labeling with a modest data labeling effort. BASALT can be trained on a data set that contains only a handful of a minimal number of examples of for each type of process or outcome that is of concern. DAC has teamed with the Texas Biomedical Research Institute to construct a dataset of examples of life sciences text containing concepts of concern that can be used for training and evaluation of BASALT and for research into DURC analysis by the research community.

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