Scientific Leadership Awards


OVERVIEW: Provide grant funding to Minority Serving Institutions to improve the capabilities of MSIs to conduct research, education, and training in areas critical to homeland security while building a diverse, highly skilled, technical workforce capable of advancing homeland security goals. OBJECTIVES: The objectives of this program are: (1) increase the intellectual capacity, skills and talents, especially those of U.S. citizens in areas of relevance to homeland security; (2) to attract undergraduate and graduate students to obtain advanced degrees in disciplines of importance to homeland security; (3) provide advanced professional and research development opportunities for fellows, scholars and faculty in targeted areas; and (4) to increase the diversity of and highly talented cadre of new and emerging science and technology expertise working in areas of importance and need to homeland security.

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; C - Direct Payments For Specified Use
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2016 Four to six universities will receive awards. Four to six universities will receive awards. Currently in the process of finalizing awards.
Fiscal Year 2017 Five universities received new awards.
Fiscal Year 2018 Five universities received continuation awards.
Fiscal Year 2019 Five universities will receive continuation awards.
Fiscal Year 2020 Three to four universities will receive new awards; thirty students will attend DHS-STEM innovation workshop
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
Applicants must be from accredited U.S. colleges and universities defined as "minority institutions" by subsection 365 (3) of the Higher Education Act (HEA)(20 U.S.C. subsection 1067K (3)). Student applicants must be U.S. citizens studying in a STEM field relevant to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's mission and objectives. US accredited MSIs are eligible to apply. Student recipients must be U.S. citizens studying in one of the following areas including: computer science, engineering, life sciences, math, physical sciences, psychology, social sciences. Students must have career and employment goals aligned with the mission and objectives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Undergraduate Student, Graduate Student, and Minority Serving Institution Faculty.
Not applicable.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
Applications are reviewed by subject matter experts (SMEs). Awards are made based on agency priorities and available funding.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Support is provided to Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to develop capacity in HS-STEM and provide financial support and career guidance to students.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Not applicable.
Refer to program guidance.
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. Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Gregory Simmons
245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Mail Stop 0217
Washington, DC 20523 US
Phone: (202) 254-5631
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 18$3,396,347.00; FY 19 est $3,396,438.00; FY 20 est $3,396,438.00; FY 17$3,396,347.00; FY 16$3,400,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to program guidance.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Not applicable.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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