Centers for Homeland Security

Sponsored by the DHS Office of University Programs, the Centers of Excellence perform research and development activities to provide critical homeland security tools, technologies, training, and talent.

The Centers of Excellence (COE) network is an extended consortium of hundreds of universities

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generating ground-breaking ideas for new technologies and critical knowledge.

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.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Northeastern University $ 3,925,000   2013-07-012020-06-30
Purdue University-$ 97,875   2016-07-012018-09-27
University Of Texas At El Paso-$ 1,110   2008-07-012018-09-05
University Of Southern California-$ 120,246   2016-07-012018-08-17
Texas A&m Agrilife Research $ 1,804,778   2010-04-012018-06-15
Kansas State University $ 1,818,359   2010-04-012018-06-11
University Of North Carolina At Chapel Hill-$ 17,389   2008-07-012017-06-30
University Of Arizona-$ 1,919   2016-11-222016-11-22
San Jose State University Research Foundation $ 1,999,999   2008-07-012015-12-02
University Of Hawaii Systems $ 572,497   2013-07-012015-05-04

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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 is currently not projecting to award a new COE while operating under the FY17 Presidents Budget of $31M Competition of 1 COE. Fiscal Year 2018: Continuation Application for 5 COEs Award 3 new COE (two awards were originally scheduled for FY17 award, but under FY17 Presidents Budget, OUP will not award until FY18) Competition of 1 COE.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Refer to Program Guidance.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Eligible applicants are accredited U.S.

institutions of higher education.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Public and private colleges and universities.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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 Procedures

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 office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 1205, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 188(b).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to announcement or program guidance document.




Renewals of grant awards are based on performance, program plan, and availability of funds.

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 program guidance. 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: Refer to announcement/program guidance or the award document.

Post Assistance Requirements


Refer to program guidance.

Required to submit a Cash Transaction Report (SF 272) to the Department of Health and Human Services Division of Payment Management with a copy of the SF 272 to the DHS Grants Officer.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.

Refer to program guidance.


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. 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.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $33,592,811; FY 17 est $19,700,000; and FY 18 est $25,400,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

No Data Available.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Not Applicable.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Department of Homeland Security, University Programs, S&T 245 Murray Lane, Building 410, Mail Stop 0205, Washington, District of Columbia 20523 Email: Phone: (202) 254-8680

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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