University of Southern California


DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001A – DHS S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center LeadOffice of Procurement Operations – Grants Division — Department of Homeland Security

Slots:                                                     One       DHS will accept only one (1) application for Center Lead from any single university for review. 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. The applicant institution must be identified as the official lead for proposal submission and subsequent negotiations.                        

Nomination per School:               One      
Proposals may not be submitted directly by the PI; nominations are submitted by the School’s Research Dean’s Office.    

LOI:                                                        N/A
Internal Deadline:                           May 16, 2014
External Deadline:                          July 3, 2014
Award Information:                        Type: Cooperative Agreement
Estimated Number of Awards: 1
Anticipated Amount: $4,000,000 per year for 5 years

Materials to Office of Research: Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt.).
CV – (4 pages maximum)

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The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) requests applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as a lead institution for a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. OUP is also posting a separate FOA for eligible applicants to submit single project proposals for consideration as a partner to this COE. Please see FOA Number DHS-14-ST-061-COE-001B or CDFA # 97.061 on for directions on how to submit single project proposals. DHS may add individual project partners from applications received for either the Center Lead FOA or the Center Partner FOA to the Coastal Resilience Center.

The DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs) are university consortia that work closely with DHS to conduct research, develop and transition mission-relevant science and technology, and educate the next generation of homeland security technical experts. Each COE is led by a U.S. college or university and has multiple partners. COE partners include other academic institutions, industry, DHS components, DOE National Laboratories and other Federally-Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), other federal agencies that have homeland security-relevant missions, state/local/tribal governments, and first responder organizations. DHS envisions the COEs as long-term trusted academic partners that provide an array of resources to help DHS achieve its missions, and carry out its operations. The COEs that make up the COE network are listed at The new Coastal Resilience Center will be a fully-integrated component of the COE network and will take advantage of the network’s resources to develop mission-critical research, education, and technology transition programs.