DHS S&T Terrorism Prevention and Counterterrorism Research (TPCR) Center of Excellence (COE) - Partner

Funding Agency:
Department of Homeland Security

The DHS S&T Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from accredited U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a TPCR COE. OUP is also posting a separate NOFO for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this COE. Please see NOFO Number DHS-19-ST-061-TPCR-Lead or 97.061 on https://www.grants.gov/ 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 an accredited U.S. college or university and involves multiple partners for varying lengths of time. COE partners include other academic institutions, commercial 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, territorial (SLTT) governments, non-profits, and first responder organizations. DHS envisions the COEs as long-term trusted partners that provide an array of resources to help DHS improve 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-centers-excellence. 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 TPCR COE should describe how to integrate technologies and concepts into DHS operations to avoid, prevent, or stop a threatened or actual act of terrorism. Potential approaches include the utilization of innovative technologies (e.g., a new approach to leverage available technology to identify patterns and indicators of terrorist activity among disparate types of data), optimized operational procedures, and a skilled workforce trained in the latest methods to identify and respond to terrorist threats. 

Deadline: Sep. 13, 2019

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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." 

Partner applicants may be from academia, commercial industry, or non-profit organizations. Proposals must be submitted by an accredited U.S. institution of higher education, commercial industry, or non-profit organizations 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

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. Subsequent to the first year, Center and project funding is dependent on successful performance in prior years, the relevance of project outcomes to current homeland security research priorities, and availability of funds. Multi-year project proposals should provide a summary of their long-term vision, timeframe, research and education outcomes, technology transfer or transition pathway, and potential real-world applications. 

Funding Type





Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

September 13, 2019