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

Deadline: Nov. 1, 2016

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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 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. 

Applicants must submit only 1 project per proposal. Applicants may submit more than 1 proposal. Principal Investigators that are already Partners under a Center Lead application may not submit the same application under this Partner NOFO.



Amount Description

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- CHSQA-Lead) and (2) one for Center Partner (DHS-16-ST-061-CHSQA-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. DHS may allocate up to $500,000 of the up to $4 million Center Lead award to Partner awards.

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

November 1, 2016