2018 D2R Application
Submission Deadline08/15/2018


The Defense to Response Technology Program is intended to identify Department of Defense (DoD) developed technologies that have achieved a Technology Readiness level 6 or 7 and transition these technologies to enhance public safety and homeland security. Twelve finalists will be selected to attend the Defense to Response Technology Showcase, September 17-19, 2018 in College Station, Texas. During this Showcase companies will tour some of the most realistic training facilities, meet first responders and present to a panel of responders, business leaders, and investors. Three companies will be selected to receive up to $110,000 of services from TEEX Product Development Center (PDC). Selected companies will work with TEEX PDC over 9 months and will receive: 

  • Market validation and competitive insight for responder adoption

  • Business mentors and guidance to structure a business plan for technology 

  • Responder mentors and guidance to integrate the technology with the responder industry 

  • Testing protocols, execution and validation with a TEEX TESTED® report

  • Strategic manufacturing plan 

  • Marketing mix and strategy development 

  • Cost proposal and use of funds 

  • Access to investors 



Step 1)

Applicants must first complete the registration page to include the project title, project manager and company information, an abstract of the technology, selection of the technology focus area, and the project manager certification. To begin Registration Click the button above to login.

Step 2)

Determine the focus area for which your technology is best a solution for. D2R is dedicated to identifying solutions for our nation’s first responders and homeland security. For the 2017-2018 D2R program we are searching for solutions in the following four focus areas*:

1. Responder Health 

Design or enhance a first responder’s health with evidence-based solutions that enhances preparation, tracks and monitors, rehab and recovery of a first responder’s health throughout shifts or their career.  Responder Health technologies may:

Reduces Line of Duty Deaths (LODD) health/illness related fatalities for Law Enforcement/Fire/EMS Responders during rollout, operations, return, and/or post operations.

Detects, monitors and rehabs responders that experience physical, mental and emotional impacts during an incident response.
Utilizes evidence-based monitoring to encourage, incentive and track a responders health and fit for service. 

2. Responder Safety 

Design or enhance risk-informed mitigation solutions that protect, increase, or enhance the capacity or capabilities of responders, structures, materials, products. Responder Safety technologies may:

Reduces operational risk to Law Enforcement/Fire/EMS Responders during rollout, operations at event, return, and/or post event.
Increase operational/shelf life, Mean Time Between Failures (MBTF) of devices, systems, structures, or tools.
Increase personnel protective equipment’s capabilities for first responders

3. Situational Assessment and Detection 

Provide Responder decision makers with decision-relevant information regarding the nature and extent of event related hazards, any cascading effects, and the status of decision implementation and incident management systems associated with key operational activities and critical infrastructure sectors from pre-event through post event/return/recovery.

Identify and locate threats and/or hazards through active and passive surveillance and search mechanisms. This may include the use of systematic examinations and assessments, bio-surveillance,

Enable valuable robotic operations through sensor suites, broad spectrum data collection or analysis
Provide personnel and/or asset location and status awareness for the operational community
Reduces vehicular related LODD fatalities across Responder communities caused by vehicular pursuits, vehicular assaults, accidental strikes, or crashes
Provide and enable canine operations through sensor suites and geospatial tagging

4. Enhanced Training and Tactics

Technologies that have been developed to enhance the war fighter’s ability to perform missions with realistic scenarios and/or enabled operational tactics to advance incident response are of interest to our nation’s first responders. Enhanced training and tactic technologies may include:

Augmented or virtual reality training tools that enhance scenario based training for new mission areas or enhance continuing education and muscle memory for essential skills.
Less than or non-lethal technologies that can enhance a first responders ability to advance or control a situation with new tactics and modes of operations.
Technologies that offer dual-use or multi-use functionalities that enhance first responder capabilities, while minimizing space, volume or weight.  

5. Other: 

Any ground-breaking emerging or cutting edge dual-use technology supported by the Department of Defense that can provide a solution to first responders that does not fit one of the focus areas listed above and that results in increased responder capacity, capabilities and/or decreased Human Resource/life cycle cost.

Step 3)

Applicants are asked to submit a Technology Description and Plan of Action for a technology to address one of the four focus areas. Download the D2R Technology Description and Plan of Action document in downloads section below and answer the questions according to the guide. Applicants can upload this document after the registration portion has been completed. Document must be uploaded for consideration for the D2R Program. 

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