Center of Excellence Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis - Partner

Funding Agency:
Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as a partner institution for a Center for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA). OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit lead proposals for consideration. Please see NOFO Number DHS-16-ST-061-CINA-Partner or 97.061 on for directions on how to submit single project proposals. DHS will select qualified individual projects from applications received for either the Center Lead NOFO or the Center Partner NOFO, regardless of the institution that is awarded as lead institution. Principal Investigators that are already Partners under a Center Lead application may not submit the same application under this Partner NOFO.

The DHS COEs are university consortia that work closely with DHS Components and their partners to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts, and train the current workforce in the latest scientific applications. Each COE is led by a U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, industry, DHS components, Department of Energy National Laboratories and other Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state/local/tribal governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations. DHS envisions the COEs as long-term trusted academic partners that provide an array of resources to help DHS and its partners achieve their missions, and improve their operations. OUP maintains both financial assistance and contract mechanisms for DHS to access COE capabilities. The COEs that make up the COE network are listed at The new Center will be a fully-integrated component of the COE network and will take advantage of the network's resources to develop mission-critical research, education, and technology transition programs. 

The Center for Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA) will conduct end user-focused research to enhance investigation strategies to address transnational criminal organizations’ (TCO) activities and other homeland security-related crimes. This Center of Excellence (COE) will also provide education and professional development to improve the cost-effectiveness of criminal investigations, prosecution, prediction and prevention. The overarching goal of the Center will be to develop methods, tools, knowledge-products, and technology-based solutions for agents, officers and investigators to better coordinate investigative strategies with on-the-ground activities to predict, thwart and prosecute these crimes. 

Deadline: Sep. 1, 2016

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

Theme Area 1: Criminal Network Analysis

  • Topic 1A: Characteristics of Criminal Networks
  • Topic 1B: Interdependencies and Linkages
  • Topic 1C: Influences and Other Impacts
  • Topic 1D: Illicit Supply and Value Chains

Theme Area 2: Dynamic Patterns of Criminal Activity

  • Topic 2A: Crime Trend Analysis Topic
  • 2B: Crime Mapping

Theme Area 3: Forensics

  • Topic 3A: Traditional Forensics
  • Topic 3B: Digital Forensics

Theme Area 4: Criminal Investigative Processes

  • Topic 4A: Managing Data across Multiple Platforms/Analyzing Unstructured Data
  • Topic 4B: Measures of Effectiveness

Theme Area 5: The Future of Law Enforcement Investigations (OPTIONAL)

Eligibility Requirements

The Center Partner designation is restricted to an accredited institution of higher education in the United States, in accordance with 6 U.S.C. 188(b)(2)(A) which specifies: "The Secretary, acting through the Under Secretary for Science and Technology, shall designate a university-based center or several university-based centers for homeland security." Proposals must be submitted by an accredited U.S. institution of higher education that, along with its chosen partners, has the ability and capacity to conduct the required research. The applicant institution must be identified as the official lead for proposal submission and subsequent negotiations. 

Center partner applicants are strongly encouraged to partner with other academic institutions, including historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), Hispanic serving institutions (HSIs), and/or other MSIs; institutions in states that are part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR); public or private sector institutions, and non-profit organizations, including any organizations that meet the definition of nonprofit in OMB Circular A-122, relocated to 2 CFR Part 230. However, nonprofit organizations described in Section 501(c)(4) of the Internal Revenue Code that engage in lobbying activities as defined in Section 3 of the Lobbying Disclosure Act of 1995 are not eligible to apply. The Center Lead institution will fund partnering institutions through sub-awards



Amount Description

Applicants may propose projects lasting up to 2 years, with total budgets up to $500,000. However, Center projects are funded in 1-year increments. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 1, 2016