The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) in 2010 established Centers of Excellence (COE) Basic Operating Agreements (BOA) with several universities supporting security research and engineering.
Now a new contract will enable DHS components to continue issuing sole source task orders with these COEs for homeland security-related research, development, analysis, and services.
The funding is valid from 2016-2020, with a cost ceiling of $42,000,000.
The University-Based COEs have significant homeland security related science, technology, engineering and mathematics capabilities to provide technical services to DHS including: databases, computer models, computer software and hardware, analytical tools, laboratories, experimental and testing facilities.
The supported COEs include:
- National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and the Responses to Terrorism (START) – University of Maryland $15,000,000
- Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA) – Rutgers University $5,000,000
- Artic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC) – University of Alaska at Anchorage $6,000,000
- National Center for Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD) – Kansas State University $5,000,000
- Maritime Security Center (MSC) – Stevens Institute of Technology $6,000,000
- Coastal Resilience Center (CRC) – Jackson State University $5,000,000
Critical DHS capabilities that will be accessed through the proposed BOAs include: advancing technologies and models; conducting test and evaluation; utilizing laboratories and technologies; and providing subject matter expert review, presentation, or testimony.