The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) is offering $40 million in funding to an institution that can lead the agency’s new Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis.

In a press release issued Aug. 8, DHS announced funding for this new center, which the agency will support for 10 years. The COE will offer a place to improve data management and analysis, track the economic implications of security threats, and assess risks.

“The overarching goal of the center will be to develop the next generation of mathematical, computational, and statistical theories (including algorithms, methods, and tools) to advance quantitative analysis capabilities of the homeland security enterprise,” the release stated.

DHS is soliciting colleges and universities to not only lead the COE, but also to support the center’s internal activities. Institutions must submit their proposals by Nov. 1.

Specifically, DHS seeks proposals from multidisciplinary research teams that have experience with quantitative analysis, operations research, and homeland security risk analysis. The research team awarded funding will collaborate with a DHS team, and will work on problems relating to math, science, and engineering.

The Quantitative Analysis center is not the first of DHS’s COEs. S&T has set up other COEs, which are always led by an American college or university. The centers conduct research, develop technology, and educate the next generation of experts. Each COE partners with other universities, companies, DHS, and Federally funded research groups.



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Eleanor Lamb is a Staff Reporter for MeriTalk covering Big Data, FITARA, Homeland Security, Education, Workforce Issues, and Civilian Agencies.