The DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has invited accredited US colleges and universities to submit proposals for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security in the Arctic (HSA), offering a total of $45 million in funding through a cooperative agreement to lead the Center for up to 10 years.

“By partnering with universities, S&T harnesses the intellectual power of academia to address the most complex issues facing the homeland while training the next generation of homeland security experts,” said Dr. Dimitri Kusnezov, DHS Under Secretary for Science and Technology. “Once awarded, this COE will use cutting-edge approaches to conduct critical research needed to prepare for and implement an effective response to the challenges DHS faces in the Arctic domain.”

This funding opportunity is posted on The deadline for submitting proposals is by 11:59 PM ET on June 19, 2023.

The HSA COE’s academic-led innovation will facilitate a deeper comprehension of how changes in the Arctic impact DHS operations and its components, leading to improved situational awareness, resilience, and collaboration across the homeland security mission space.

The HSA COE’s education and training efforts will equip both current and aspiring DHS personnel with knowledge and skills required to utilize the latest Arctic research developments relevant to homeland security, and the COE will work with DHS components to identify technical and training gaps. Like other DHS COEs, the HSA COE partners with federally funded research and development centers, academic institutions, commercial industry, and various levels of government, including tribal and territorial agencies, to conduct research, develop technology, educate the next generation of technical experts, and train the current workforce in scientific applications.

The notice of funding opportunity for the Homeland Security in the Arctic COE is available at, and an informational webinar will be conducted on May 9, 2023, allowing interested applicants to ask questions and the recording of the call will be available on for future reference.

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