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DHS Scientific Leadership Awards for Minority Serving Institutions Granting Bachelor Degrees

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    A - Primarily intended to fund technology


    Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate, Office of Procurement Operations - Grants Division


    Scientific Leadership Awards (SLA) support the development of a coordinated program of education in Homeland Security related Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (HS-STEM) to prepare students for careers in research and development of the technology needed to secure our nation. Moreover, DHS S&T strongly supports the development of a workforce that reflects the population of the United States of America. Applications are sought from qualified Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to establish homeland security scientific leadership programs in areas critical to homeland security. The SLA program includes coordinated teaching and research experience initiatives, curriculum development, mentoring and undergraduate scholarships. DHS expects SLA recipients to establish collaborative relationships with the Homeland Security University Centers of Excellence (COEs), DHS Laboratories, other government laboratories and private sector labs engaged in homeland security research and development. This includes developing long term relationships and establishing internship venues (see The SLA program provides incentives for MSIs to hire qualified early-career faculty with the intention that these faculty build an enduring HS-STEM program. SLA programs are for building curricula and developing strategies to advance faculty and students to the next phase of their professional careers in homeland security research and development. Potential education activities related to the homeland security research areas could include: designing innovative HS-STEM courses or curricula; supporting academic enhancement including adapting effective educational materials and practices developed elsewhere; incorporating examples of HS-STEM technology research development and application activities into undergraduate courses; and implementing innovative methods for evaluation and assessment of program effectiveness. Research and education areas eligible for support include: (1) Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response; (2) Social and Behavioral Sciences; (3) Risk, Economics, and Decision Sciences; (4) Human Factors; (5) Chemical Threats and Countermeasures; (6) Biological Threats and Countermeasures; (7) Food and Agriculture Security; (8) Transportation Security; (9) Border Security; (10) Immigration Studies; (11) Maritime and Port Security; (12) Infrastructure Protection; (13) Natural Disasters and Related Geophysical Studies; (14) Emergency Preparedness and Response; (15) Communications and Interoperability; (16) Advanced Data Analysis and Visualization. The purposes of this program are very specific in nature. The distinct requirements of this funding opportunity necessitate a thorough review of the official program guidance referenced at the URL provided in the contact section of this summary.

    History of Funding

    In FY10, approximately $3,800,000 was made available to fund 10 awards.

    Additional Information

    All funds requested for equipment and/or laboratory supplies will be subject to intense scrutiny and must be accompanied by a compelling justification stating that the expense is explicitly required for the proposed project(s) and related curriculum and cannot be used for other research and training.


    Patty Mayo

    Patty Mayo
    US Department of Homeland Security
    Office of Procurement Operations/Grants and Financial Assistance Division, Mail
    245 Murray Lane, SW
    Stop 0115, Room 3051
    Washington, DC 20528-0115
    (202) 447-0724 Funding opportunity number: DHS-14-ST-062-001

  • Eligibility Details

    Proposals may be submitted by only accredited academic MSI institutions in the U.S., its territories or possessions, and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, that award bachelor degrees in science (including social science), technology, engineering and/or mathematics (STEM) fields. Most accredited U.S. postsecondary institutions that meet the statutory criteria for identification as Minority Serving Institutions are listed at:

    Deadline Details

    The deadline to submit an application is May 5, 2014.

    Award Details

    The estimated total program funding is $2,600,000. Five awards are anticipated. The maximum individual award is $1,500,000. Cost sharing is not required.

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