DHS to Fund $40M Center of Excellence for Quantitative Analysis
Tuesday, August 09, 2016 | Comments

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) announced a $40 million funding opportunity for an institution to lead a new DHS center of excellence (COE) for homeland security quantitative analysis. DHS S&T is also searching for potential partners to work with the lead institution in support of the center’s activities.

The two related funding opportunities are open to receive proposals from accredited U.S. colleges and universities. The deadline for submitting proposals is November 1. DHS intends to fund the new COE to last for 10 years with a total of about $40 million through a cooperative agreement.

The 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. The 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 multidisciplinary 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.

The funding opportunity is posted at www.grants.gov.

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