The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate will award up to $35 million to two academic institutions to help DHS run a center of excellence for cross-border threat screening and supply chain defense.
DHS said Monday the new CoE will research and develop systems to aid the identification of biological threats that could affect the department’s operations at land borders, ports of entry and nodes within the critical infrastructure supply chain.
The department also posted the two funding opportunities on the grants.gov website and noted it will provide the funds through a 10-year cooperative agreement.
DHS will solicit proposals from research teams with expertise in scientific, engineering and math disciplines and that can support the department in efforts to develop new technology.
S&T COEs work with DHS operating components to transition and educate homeland security personnel about mission-relevant science and technology as well as help address technical and training gaps.