The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) expects our country’s academic community to play an integral role in securing the nation. To help facilitate this involvement, the DHS Office of University Programs is establishing a system of university-based Homeland Security Centers of Excellence in accordance with the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
In addition to attracting and retaining the nation’s best and brightest academic scholars in pursuit of homeland security related disciplines, each Center of Excellence seeks to deliver the research products, technology, and education workforce needed to protect the country’s foreseeable future. The mission-focused centers target research areas that leverage the multidisciplinary capabilities of universities to increase the nation’s ability to counter terrorist attacks and enhance the overall security of the nation.
ORAU has provided assistance to the DHS Office of University Programs since 2003, including the coordination of:
ORAU responds to unique challenges in a manner that demonstrates its commitment to excellence, customer-service orientation, and extraordinarily competent adaptability. Each DHS Office of University Programs activity was completed seamlessly, ultimately enabling customers and reviewers to focus on enhancing our nation’s security.
|Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE)||University of Southern California|
|National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD)||University of Minnesota|
|National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD)||Texas A&M University|
|National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START)||University of Maryland|
|National Center for Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER)||Johns Hopkins University|
|Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA)||Michigan State University|
|Center of Excellence in Command Control and Interoperability (C2I)||Purdue University and Rutgers University|
|Center of Excellence for Awareness and Location of Explosives-Related Threats (ALERT)||Northeastern University and University of Rhode Island|
|National Center for Border Security and Immigration (NCBSI)||University of Arizona and University of Texas, El Paso|
|Center for Maritime, Island and Extreme/Remote Environment Security (MIPS)||University of Hawaii and Stevens Institute of Technology|
|Center for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure and Emergency Management (NDCIEM)||University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University|
|National Transportation Security Center of Excellence (NTSCOE)||University of Connecticut, Tougaloo College and Texas State University|