Homeland Security Research, Development, Testing, Evaluation, and Demonstration of Technologies Related to Nuclear Threat Detection
Support the PPD-8 objective of prevention related to terrorist acts involving nuclear or radiological materials, or weapons using these materials. Support basic and applied research to develop new capabilities to combat the threat of nuclear terrorism, develop intellectual capital in fields relevant to nuclear threat detection and advance fundamental knowledge for nuclear detection and related sciences. The Academic Research Initiative (ARI) is intended to support research at accredited institutions of higher learning across the country, and the Exploratory Research Program supports research within industry and academia. SETCP is intended for conducting research, testing, evaluation, & demonstration of technologies related to nuclear detection to identify, counter, or respond to terrorist threats.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Fiscal Year 2014: The ARI supported 45 grants conducting in the research fields in materials, neutron detection, algorithms and modeling, passive detection and active interrogation approaches and nuclear forensics. The 8th Annual Grantees Program Review will was held in June 2014. The ARI released a solicitation with topics addressing DNDO’s grand challenges: cost effective equipment, detection of shielded SNM, enhanced wide-area search capabilities, monitoring port-of-entry pathways, and nuclear forensics. The solicitation will resulted in 11 new projects addressing the objectives of the listed topic above. Fiscal Year 2015: The ARI will continue to support 40 grants conducting in the research fields in materials, neutron detection, algorithms and modeling, passive detection and active interrogation approaches and nuclear forensics. The 9th Annual Grantees Program Review will be to be held in July 2014. The ARI also plans to release a solicitation with topics addressing DNDO’s grand challenges: cost effective equipment, detection of shielded SNM, enhanced wide-area search capabilities, monitoring port-of-entry pathways, and nuclear forensics. It is anticipated the solicitation will results in 8-10 new projects addressing the topic objectives. Fiscal Year 2016: The ARI will continue to support 39 grants conducting in the research fields in materials, neutron detection, algorithms and modeling, passive detection and active interrogation approaches and nuclear forensics. The 10th Annual Grantees Program Review will be to be held in July 2015. The ARI also plans to release a solicitation with topics addressing DNDO’s grand challenges: cost effective equipment, detection of shielded SNM, enhanced wide-area search capabilities, monitoring port-of-entry pathways, and nuclear forensics. It is anticipated the solicitation will results in 7-8 new projects addressing the topic objectives.
Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 1906, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 596.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Eligible Applicants: The ARI is limited to State, public or private accredited institutions of higher education. The ER Program supports State, Public nonprofit institution/organizations; Private nonprofit institution/organizations; Small businesses; Profit organizations and Other private institution/organizations.
ARI: State, public or private accredited institutions of higher education; Scientists/Researcher; Graduate Student; Education (13+). Exploratory Research: Public Nonprofit Institution/Organization; Small Business; Profit Organization; Private Organization; Other Private Institution/organization; Scientists/Researcher; State, public or private accredited institutions of higher education.
SETCP: 10: Federal; 14 – State; 15 – Local; 20 – public non-profit; 21 – other; 22 – Federally recognized Indian Tribal Governments; 31 – Individual/Family; 35 – profit organization; 36 – private non-profit organizations.
May be required by U.S. Statute, regulation, or as described in the program announcement. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
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.
Proposals are submitted in response to announcements. Details of proposal review and selection criteria are contained within these announcements. ARI proposals are reviewed and recommended for award by panels of independent subject matter experts. ER proposals are reviewed and recommended for award by DHS program and administrative staff. Upon source selection, awards are issued by the National Science Foundation (for ARI) or DHS (for ER). SETCP – Applications are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with eh successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
180 to 270 days.
Contingent upon future Congressional funding. Renewal of an award to increase funding or extend the period of performance is at the sole discretion of the Department of Homeland Security.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to announcement and program guidance. In general, ARI proposals are reviewed for intellectual merit and broader impact. ER proposals are reviewed for transformational impact, technical approach, capability and experience, and management approach.
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance under the ARI may be used for the execution of research at accredited universities and colleges. Financial assistance under the ER may be used to sponsor research within industry and academia. Supported costs include: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor, supporting costs and overhead required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve research objectives. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the announcement, program guidance and award provisions. Refer to announcement, program guidance and award provisions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
For ARI, performance reports are required as specified in the terms and conditions of the award. For ER, reports may include, but are not limited to, the following: monthly performance reports, quarterly review reports, and end of phase reports. Refer to program guidance. For ARI, performance reports are required as specified in the terms and conditions of the award. "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award. Reports are due 30 days after the end of each six months, with performance reports due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award. For ER, reports may include, but are not limited to, the following: monthly performance reports, quarterly review reports, and end of phase reports. For SETCP, progress reports are required. Refer to program guidance. For ARI, Federal Financial Reports are required as specified in the terms and conditions of the award. For SETCP, expenditure reports are required. Refer to program guidance. Yes. Performance may be evaluated through on-site reviews of the research activity.
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements. 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 formulas are not applicable to this program.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to announcement and program guidance. For ARI, awards are made for annual budget periods, with a non-competing continuation application required for each budget period that comprises the awarded project duration. Funds awarded must be expended within each budget period. For ER, funds are awarded by research phase, with generally 3-5 phases and phase durations appropriate to the effort. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Awards are paid in advance using the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services/Payment Management System (SMARTLINK), provided it maintains or demonstrates the willingness and ability to maintain procedures to minimize the time elapsing between the transfer of the funds from the DHS and expenditure disbursement by the Recipient. When these requirements are not met, the Recipient will be required to be on a reimbursement for costs incurred method.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Richard Vojtech 245 Murray Lane, SW, DNDO Stop 0550, Washington, District of Columbia 20528-0550 Phone: (202) 254-7109
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements or Contracts)) FY 14 $9,834,464; FY 15 est $11,093,601; and FY 16 est $12,417,956
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See announcement and program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
OMB Circulars Nos., A-21 Cost Principles for Educational Institutions, A-87 Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-102 Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Other Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Nonprofit Organizations, and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedures. Additional regulations are indicated in program announcement and award terms and conditions.
Examples of Funded Projects