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 CWMD threat detection. The Transformative Solutions Incubator (TSI) seeks to move promising technologies from academic research to the marketplace to support the needs of DHS operational components in the Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction (CWMD) mission space. The TSI does this by 1) identifying suitable DHS operational requirements that can be addressed by academic research, 2) developing research topic areas according to those requirements and/or CWMD Office priorities and National Security Strategy, and 3) executing Cooperative Agreements with awardees to develop the technology to a point that it can be transitioned to the marketplace. The TSI facilitates this transition by requiring applicants to have industrial or national laboratory partners.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
97.077
Federal Agency/Office
Domestic Nuclear Detection Office, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued for New ARI Activities: Complete second year evaluation of the approximately 10 new activities awarded two years ago and complete first year evaluation of the approximately 8 new activities awarded the previous year. Initiate approximately 5 new activities that address gaps in the GNDA and TNF. Notice of Funding Opportunity was released for new ARI activities. Completed second year evaluation of 10 activities awarded two years ago and completed first year evaluation of 8 new activities awarded the previous year. Awarded eight new activities that address gaps in the GNDA and TNF.
Fiscal Year 2017 Completed evaluations of the 37 on-going activities. A Notice of Funding Opportunity will not be issued for new ARI activities this year.
Fiscal Year 2018 Notice of Funding Opportunity issued for new TSI activities. Initiated 4 new activities that address mission needs. Completed evaluations of the 26 on-going activities.
Fiscal Year 2019 Complete evaluations of the 17 on-going activities.
Fiscal Year 2020 Estimated that a Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued for new TSI activities. Complete evaluations of the 13 on-going activities.
Authorization
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?
Applicant Eligibility
State (includes District of Columbia, public institutions of higher education and hospitals), Local (includes State-designated lndian Tribes, excludes institutions of higher education and hospitals, Public nonprofit institution/organization (includes institutions of higher education and hospitals), Other public institution/organization 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.
Beneficiary Eligibility
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.
Credentials/Documentation
May be required by U.S. Statute, regulation, or as described in the program announcement.
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
Proposals are submitted in response to announcements. Details of proposal review and selection criteria are contained within these announcements. All proposals are reviewed and recommended for award by DHS program and administrative staff. Upon source selection, awards are issued by the DHS SETCP - Applications are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
180 to 270 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
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, TSI/ARI proposals are reviewed for intellectual merit, transformational impact, 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 TSI/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.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Yes. Performance may be evaluated through on-site reviews of the research activity.
Auditing
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.
Records
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 announcement and program guidance. For TSI/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. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: 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. 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
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Richard Vojtech, Director of Research & Development
245 Murray Lane, SW, DNDO Stop 0315
Washington, DC 205280315 USA
Richard.Vojtech@hq.dhs.gov
Phone: 2022547109
Website Address
http://www.dhs.gov/about-domestic-nuclear-detection-office
Financial Information
Account Identification
70-0860-0-1-999
Obligations
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 18$5,211,247.00; FY 19 est $5,399,864.00; FY 20 est $2,691,707.00; -
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
Not applicable.

 



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