WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) today announced a $40M funding opportunity for an institution to lead a new DHS Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis. DHS S&T is additionally searching for potential partners to work with the lead institution in support of the Center’s activities.
These two related funding opportunities, posted at www.grants.gov, are open to receive proposals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 1, 2016. DHS intends to fund this new COE for 10 years for a total of approximately $40 million through a cooperative agreement.
This new COE will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making and address homeland security-related threats and hazards. This COE will also provide education and professional development to improve data management and analysis, facilitate operations research and systems analysis, identify the economic impact of security threats and hazards, and critically assess future risks posed to the DHS mission set.
The overarching goal of the Center will be to develop the next generation of mathematical, computational and statistical theories (including algorithms, methods, and tools) to advance quantitative analysis capabilities of the homeland security enterprise.
DHS is soliciting proposals from multi-disciplinary research teams that have research experience and concentration in quantitative analysis, operations research and systems analysis, homeland security risk science and economics. The research teams will work closely with DHS and other subject matter experts to develop successful innovations to confront the future challenges DHS faces. The teams will need to cover a variety of academic disciplines including engineering, science and mathematics.
The S&T COEs are university consortia that work closely with DHS operating components to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, and educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts. Each COE is led by a U.S. college or university and has multiple partners from universities, industry, DHS, federally funded research and development centers, and other federal state and local agencies.
For additional information about the DHS COEs, visit DHS S&T Centers of Excellence. DHS will conduct a webinar for interested applicants on August 23, 2016 at 3 p.m. EDT available on the Informational Webinar page.