The FBI plans to award George Mason University funds for automated testing of Android applications in a cloud environment, according to a July 12 FedBizOpps post.
Earlier this year, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awarded GMU a grant for similar work through the agency’s Engineering Highly Adaptive Resilient Software Systems project.
FBI funding will match DARPA’s original investment, according to the solicitation notice.
The FBI said researchers will develop and conduct tests of the bureau’s apps to manage child abduction responses, the National Crime Information Center, the National Data Exchange and the second version of the FBI’s Evidence app.
Researchers will also identify and analyze potential vulnerabilities and give recommendations on how to address vulnerabilities.
Tests will occur in a government-owned cloud environment and researchers will use the research to deliver a new tool suite every six months through rapid prototyping methodology.
The FBI added it wants host information sharing sessions to focus on exchanges in computer science and other relevant information to support tool development and other research efforts.
Work under the FBI’s grant will follow DARPA’s previous statement of work and specified time lines, the notice said.
Written responses are due to the FBI by Aug. 1 and the bureau said it wants to deploy the apps one year from award date.