Scientific Leadership Awards


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
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Six universities received awards. Fiscal Year 2015: Four to six universities will receive awards. Fiscal Year 2016: Four to six universities will receive awards.
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
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.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. .
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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to program guidance document.
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. See announcement.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance. Refer to program guidance. Yearly progress reports and a final report are required. Refer to program guidance. No performance monitoring is required.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.
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
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to program guidance. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Payment based on Project need.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
DHS, Office of University Programs, S&T 245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Mail Stop 0217, Washington, District of Columbia 20523 Email: Phone: (202) 254-5695
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 $2,850,000; FY 15 est $2,850,000; and FY 16 est $2,800,000
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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