Centers for Homeland Security


The Office of University Programs (OUP) funds and manages critical homeland security-related research and education at U.S. colleges and universities through its Centers of Excellence Program (COE). 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. COE research teams address a range of technical and scientific challenges identified by DHS Components. In addition to the core COE research program, OUP supports workforce development programs that build and train current homeland security professionals and educate the next generation of science and engineering students. The primary customers for OUP are S&T Directorate?s divisions, DHS Components, and Federal, State, and local government agencies. All Centers of Excellence work closely with academia, industry, DHS components and first-responders to develop customer-driven research solutions to ?on the ground? challenges as well as provide essential training to the next generation of homeland security experts. The research portfolio is a mix of basic and applied research addressing both short and long-term needs. The COE extended network is also available for rapid response efforts.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Science and Technology, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Continuation application for 8 COEs (Two centers funded at less than $1M per institution were not included on continuation application). Competition of 2 COEs Continuation application for 10 COEs (Two centers funded at less than $1M per institution were not included on continuation application). Competition of 2 COEs
Fiscal Year 2017 Continuation Application of 6 COEs OUP awarded two new COEs in FY17.
Fiscal Year 2018 Continuation Application for 6 COEs. OUP to award one new COE in FY18.
Fiscal Year 2019 FY19 (estimated): Continuation Applications of 7 COEs. OUP will award one new COE in FY19.
Fiscal Year 2020 2020 (estimated): Continuation Applications of 8 COEs. OUP will award one new COE in FY20.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 1205, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C. 188(b)
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Eligible applicants are accredited U.S. institutions of higher education.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Public and private colleges and universities.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff for eligibility and responsiveness. Applications will undergo merit review by a panel of subject matter experts which may include federal and non-federal reviewers. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to announcement or program guidance document.
Renewals of grant awards are based on performance, program plan, and availability of funds.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
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. An accredited public and private institution of higher education in the United States must be identified as the official lead for proposal submission and subsequent negotiations. COEs may partner with other academic institutions, historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and/or other MSIs and institutions in states that are part of the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), public or private sector, 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. Partnering entities will generally be funded through subawards from the lead institutions. National laboratories funded by Federal agencies may not apply.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Refer to program guidance.
These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Refer to announcement/program guidance or the award document.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Department of Homeland Security, University Programs, S&T
245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Mail Stop 0205
Washington, DC 20523 US
Phone: (202) 254-8680

Matthew Coats
245 Murray Lane; Building 410, Mailstop 0205
Washington, DC 20523 USA
Phone: 202-254-6018
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$24,731,500.00; FY 19 est $25,550,000.00; FY 20 est $14,250,000.00; FY 17$33,133,563.00; FY 16$33,592,811.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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