DHS S&T Center of Excellence for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis – Center Lead

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 the Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA). OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit lead proposals for consideration. 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 https://www.dhs.gov/st-centersexcellence. The new Center will be a fully-integrated component of the COE network and will take advantage of the network's resources to develop missioncritical research, education, and technology transition programs. 

The Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA) will conduct end user-focused research to enhance the application of analytic tools that support real-time decision making to address homeland security-related threats and hazards. This Center of Excellence (COE) will also provide education and professional development to improve data management and analysis, to facilitate operations research and systems analysis, to identify the economic impact of security threats and hazards, and to 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 (HSE).

Homeland security enterprise (HSE) challenges require customized and innovative products that can provide a competitive advantage in operational settings. Research-based solutions generated by this Center must be intuitive, insightful, timely, and innovative. CHSQA’s research will be based on HSE needs, as expressed by its practitioners in this NOFO. Research outcomes will include analytical tools, technologies, and knowledge products, e.g., best practices, resource guides, and case studies, which can be transitioned effectively to the workforce. It is DHS’s intent to produce new capabilities and work with partners and stakeholders at all levels to test these capabilities in operational and strategic settings, and then take steps to make these solutions available and useful to agencies at all levels. 

CHSQA researchers, faculty and students must work closely with DHS Components and other federal, state, local, territorial, and tribal law enforcement and emergency management partners to develop and deploy tools and methods to support homeland security decision makers. The Center will provide tools to administrators, investigators, personnel, and planners to create competitive strategies and tactics that advance the qualitative analysis capabilities of the HSE.

S&T expects any Partner institution awarded under this NOFO to become a fully integrated component of the COE. Partner applicants must select and clearly identify if their proposed project aligns with the Research Program or the Workforce Development Program. Applicants may only propose 1 project per proposal; however they may submit more than 1 proposal.

  • Duke Internal Deadline: September 1, 2016
  • Sponsor Deadline: November 1, 2016

Agency Website

Areas of Interest

  • Theme 1: Data Analytics 
  • Theme 2: Operations Research/System Analysis 
  • Theme 3: Economic Analysis
  • Theme 4: Homeland Security Risk Sciences

Eligibility Requirements

The Center Lead 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."

DHS will accept only one (1) application for Center Lead from any single university for review. 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. 



Amount Description

DHS anticipates the period of performance of the Center to be up to 120 months, encompassing ten program years. DHS anticipates each program year will be 12 months. COE annual program years coincide with most academic calendars; i.e., July 1st to June 30th of the following year. The first program year may be more or less than one year to allow a new COE’s period of performance to be synchronized with this calendar. However, because actual award dates are unknown in advance, applicants should submit proposals for the full year. Each year, annual funding is subject to the availability of appropriated funds, the performance of the Center, and DHS research priorities. 

There are two funding opportunities associated with the Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA) award: (1) one for Center Lead (DHS-16-ST-061- HSQA-Lead) and (2) one for Center Partner (DHS-16-ST-061-HSQA-Partner). Subject to availability of funds, DHS estimates that a total of up to $4 million per year will be available for funding the Center and all direct and indirect costs for the selected Center lead and Partner applications. DHS does not guarantee any total amount of annual or cumulative funding. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

Internal Nomination

Owing to the sponsor's restriction on the number of applications that may be submitted from Duke, anyone wishing to pursue nomination should submit the following materials as one PDF.

* A letter of support from dean or chair - 1 to 1.5 pages
* Project summary - 2 to 4 pages
* CV or Biosketch of project leader

Applicants will need to submit internal materials through My Research Proposal.(Code ILN) https://www.grantinterface.com/Common/LogOn.aspx?eqs=ApVvmgXCk2Uj7AzWyDEJKQ2

Instructions for setting up your account and uploading internal applications can be found here: https://ors.duke.edu/sites/default/files/Applicant Instructions_FINAL.pdf

Internal Deadline

September 1, 2016

External Deadline

November 1, 2016