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.

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.




Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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: Complete second year evaluation of the 8 new activities awarded two years ago and complete first year evaluation of the 8 new activities awarded the previous year. A Notice of Funding Opportunity will not be issued for new ARI activities this year. Fiscal Year 2018: Notice of Funding Opportunity will be issued for new ARI activities. Initiate approximately 10 new activities that address gaps in the GNDA and TNF. Complete second year evaluation of the 8 activities awarded two years ago.

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

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. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

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.

12372.

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

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.

Deadlines

Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.

Authorization

Homeland Security Act of 2002, Section 1906, Public Law 107-296, 6 U.S.C 596.

Range of Approval/Disapproval 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.

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.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

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.

Audits

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.

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.

Financial Information

Account Identification

70-0860-0-1-999.

Obigations

(Cooperative Agreements) FY 16 $11,228,990; FY 17 est $10,665,701; and FY 18 est $11,599,644

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.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

None.

Headquarters Office

Richard Vojtech 245 Murray Lane, SW, DNDO Stop 0550, Washington, District of Columbia 20528-0550 Phone: (202) 254-7109

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.



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