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Funding Opportunity for CMAS Research and Development (US DHS)


Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS)

Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E)

Funding Opportunity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate’s Commercial Mobile Alert Service (CMAS) Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation (RDT&E) Program is pleased to announce a funding opportunity for research related to CMAS, as referenced in the 2012 DHS S&T Long Range Broad Agency Announcement (LRBAA).  

To support the evolution of CMAS, the CMAS RDT&E Program will fund research and development activities at academic institutions, private sector entities, government laboratories, and other appropriate organizations to: 1) develop innovative technologies and approaches to transmit geographically targeted mobile alerts to the public, and 2) improve understanding of public response to CMAS alerts.  These RDT&E activities will improve the functionality of CMAS both by reaching crucial recipients with CMAS alerts and by enabling CMAS alert recipients to act in a way that increases individual and collective safety and security.

The DHS S&T is looking for research in the following priority areas.  Additional detail about these research priorities is available on pages 13-14 of the LRBAA: (  

  • Public Response (FRG.03): Research to better understand how the public will respond to alert and warning messages on mobile devices


  • Diverse Populations (FRG.04): Research to better understand how to ensure the same timely and effective access to alerts and warnings for diverse populations including persons with functional and access needs, transients/tourists, elderly/older, isolated/rural populations, institutional populations and non-English speaking people
  • Geo-Targeting (FRG.05): Research to better determine when more granular geo-targeting is appropriate and how broadly targeting should be extended from the point of incident as well as Identification, testing, and evaluation of technologies that provide the capability of more granular geo-targeting

More information about this funding opportunity, including links to the LRBAA, application, research areas of strategic interest, submission requirements and processes, and evaluation criteria can be found on

 Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit white papers via the LRBAA by May 24, 2012.

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