The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) on Wednesday announced that it is investing $12 million for six new research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) projects to develop cybersecurity technology to help ensure energy delivery systems are designed, installed, operated, and maintained to survive and recover quickly from cyberattack.

“Investing in cutting-edge cyber security technology keeps us at the forefront of global innovation and protects America’s power grid in the face of increasing cyber threats from abroad,” said U.S. Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm. “This funding will bolster our commitment to a secure and resilient clean energy future by fortifying American electricity systems and building a stronger grid,” she added.

The proposed projects will develop cutting-edge cyber-physical platform tools and technologies that can detect and mitigate incidents in energy delivery systems.