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DHS Seeks Anti-counterfeiting Solutions From Blockchain Startups

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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) offered grants of up to $800,000 to blockchain startups to come up with blockchain solutions to issue digital documentation that prevents fraud, counterfeiting and forgery.

The DHS said its Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is seeking innovative solutions through a new solicitation, "Preventing Forgery and Counterfeiting of Certificates and Licenses," under its Silicon Valley Innovation Program (SVIP).

Startups and small businesses that have not won a government contract in the past 12 months totaling $1 million or more and that have under 200 employees are eligible to apply for developing solutions.

The proposed solution must cater to the following mission needs: 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.

Companies participating in SVIP are eligible for up to $800,000 in funding over four phases.

"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.

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