National Infrastructure Protection Plan (NIPP) Security and Resilience Challenge


Through the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, the Infrastructure Security Division, within the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, in partnership with the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS), provides an opportunity for the critical infrastructure community to help develop technology, tools, processes, and methods that address immediate needs and strengthen the long-term security and resilience of critical infrastructure.

The Challenge is unique in that it helps identify and fund innovative ideas that can provide technologies and tools to the critical infrastructure community that are ready or nearly ready to use. Projects funded under the NIPP Challenge are meant to not only have tangible, near-term results so they can be quickly developed and implemented, but to also be financially, practically, and logistically sustainable in the long term so that they can enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure across multiple sectors for years to come. These ideas, due to their innovation and research, can be risky, but are likely to offer important benefits to the critical infrastructure community.

NIPP Challenge Case Studies

Over the years, the NIPP Challenge has helped identify and fund innovative ideas that provide technologies and tools to the critical infrastructure community that are ready or nearly ready to use. These case studies show examples of technologies developed to enhance the security and resilience of critical infrastructure for years to come.

Expand and Enhance a Regional Common Operating Picture for Disaster Resilience (Phase 2)

Cyber Risk Management Toolkit for Small Government Entities

Condition Assessment Procedures for Concrete Dams with Post-Tensioned Anchors

Building Disaster Resiliency in the Public Sector by Leveraging Critical Healthcare Supply Chain Information

Location Detection of Rogue Base Stations/IMSI Catchers

Convenience Store and Fuel Retailer Emergency Preparedness: Resilience for the Last 50 Feet

Small Telecommunications Operator Information Sharing Study and Pilot Project

Synchronization of Situational Awareness Between Critical Infrastructures and the Public Sector Using Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

Safeguarding Patients by Enabling Accelerated Government and Utility Response through Real Time Data Sharing of Hospital Generator Status During Disasters

Biopolymer - Stabilized Earth Materials for Resilient and Adaptable Infrastructure

2018 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge

The 2018 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge winners were announced on September 27th, and contract negotiations are underway with those projects. To see a list of the selected projects, view the 2018 NIPP Challenge Selected Projects Fact Sheet below. For the latest information about the 2018 Challenge, please visit https://www.thenihs.org/

2017 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge

The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency's Infrastructure Security Division and the National Institute for Hometown Security are pleased to announce the second iteration of the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, which was open for submissions from April 17, 2017, through May 12, 2017. To get the specifications and details on the submission process, visit the NIPP Challenge Submission webpage.

2016 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge

The selected submissions for the 2016 NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge are underway. Get more information on progress of the 2016 projects at the NIHS website.

Contact Information

For questions about the NIPP Security and Resilience Challenge, please contact the program managers listed on the NIPP Challenge Submission webpage.

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