Please Note that a Letter of Intent is due Tuesday, September 05, 2017


Maximum Phase I Award Amount: $225,000

Maximum Phase II Award Amount: $1,500,000

Accepting SBIR Applications: YES

Accepting STTR Applications: YES


Large scale distributed and computationally intensive platforms, systems, centers, infrastructure, facilities or applications relying on High Performance Computing (HPC) systems to enable large scale information processing for a multitude of areas such as business, utility, financial, scientific, and critical national infrastructure systems that form the backbone of our nation’s economy, security, and health. HPC facilities, centers, infrastructure, or resources are designed to be easily accessible by users over a worldwide network, and ensuring effective cybersecurity monitoring, situational awareness, logging, reporting, preventions, remediation, etc., is an increasingly important task. A proposal submitted to this topic area must be unclassified and clearly address solutions for state-of-the-art HPC systems.

Grant applications are sought in the following subtopics:

a. Cybersecurity Technologies

This topic solicits unclassified proposals that will deliver and market commercial products ensuring effective and practical cybersecurity for HPC systems, centers, large scale distributed applications, or user facilities. The proposal must clearly address solutions for state-of-the-art HPC systems. These tools will have the capability to detect, prevent, or analyze attempts to compromise or degrade systems or applications consequently increasing their cybersecurity. Any submitted proposal must be unclassified.

Relevant evaluation metrics may include delivery of potential solutions involving minimizing the overall security overhead required to deal with data parallelism, concurrency, storage and retrieval, hardware heterogeneity, and how to monitor, visualize, categorize, or report cybersecurity challenges effectively. Currently, there exist cybersecurity tools and products that provide security to networks, databases, hosts, clouds, or mobile devices; and some of these existing tools and products could potentially be enhanced or transitioned to help secure HPC, facilities, infrastructure, or large scale distributed systems. Any proposal idea must address solutions for state-of-the-art HPC systems.

Out of scope proposals for this topic include proposals that do not address the range of desired products mentioned in this specific topic or are primarily focused on: Single node/host-, handheld-, mobile-, cloud-, cryptography-, statistical-, and/or wireless-based solutions; internet; internet-of-things; data centers; basic research; natural language processing; human factors; visualization; social media; web applications; social networks; cryptanalysis; or encryption.

Questions – Contact: Robinson Pino, robinson.pino@science.doe.gov


b. Other

In addition to the specific subtopic listed above, the Department invites grant applications in other areas that fall within the scope of the topic description above.

Questions – Contact: Robinson Pino, robinson.pino@science.doe.gov


1. U.S. Department of Energy, 2015,The 2015 Cybersecurity for Scientific Computing Integrity Workshop, DOE Workshop Report. http://science.energy.gov/~/media/ascr/pdf/programdocuments/docs/ASCR_Cybersecurity_For_Scientific_Computing_Integrity_Report_2015.pdf

2. Campbell, S., and Mellander, J., Experiences with Intrusion Detection in High Performance Computing, p. 9.


3. Malin, A.B., and Van Heule, G.K., Continuous Monitoring and Cyber Security for High Performance Computing, p. 7, Report LA-UR-13-21921 http://permalink.lanl.gov/object/tr?what=info:lanl-repo/lareport/LA-UR-13-21921


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