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DHS Research Areas

 

In the research area descriptions below, the following abbreviations are used:

S&T: “DHS Science and Technology Directorate”

DHS COE: “DHS Center of Excellence”, i.e. one of twelve groups of university-led research partners addressing research problems of vital interest to homeland security

HS-STEM: “DHS-related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics”

Advanced Data Analysis & Visualization: information extraction, knowledge management, and visualization of large quantities of data to enhance data fusion, situational awareness, and threat detection. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Biology, Computer Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics, and Psychology.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management; First Responders GroupCyber
    DHS COE: Command, Control and Interoperability (CVADA); Rutgers University, Purdue University
    Websites: http://ccicada.rutgers.edu/
    http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/vaccine/

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Biological Threats & Countermeasures: assessment, characterization and prioritization of chemical-biological threats; detection and warning systems; agro-defense and food security; biological countermeasures; and decontamination, restoration and medical response to biological threat events. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Biology, Veterinary Science, Emergency Medicine, Chemistry, Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Health Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, and Planetary Science.

    S&T Division: Chemical/Biological
    DHS COEs: Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota
    Foreign and Zoonotic Disease Defense, Texas A&M University
    Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment, Michigan State University
    Websites: http://www.ncfpd.umn.edu/
    http://fazd.tamu.edu/
    http://www.camra.msu.edu/

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Border Security: technologies to monitor and inspect cargo that cross our land, maritime borders and ports of entry; tools to monitor people who cross our land, maritime borders and ports of entry; evaluation of the policies and procedures designed to secure the border while welcoming legitimate visitors and trade. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Engineering, Social Science, and Aeronautics.

    S&T Division: Borders & Maritime
    DHS COE: Border Security and Immigration; University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso
    Website: http://www.borders.arizona.edu/

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Chemical Threats & Countermeasures: assessment, characterization and prioritization of chemical-biological threats; detection and warning systems; agro-defense and food security; chemical countermeasures; and decontamination, restoration and response to chemical threat events. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS research area: e.g. Chemistry, Chemical Engineering, Materials Engineering/Science, Biochemistry, and Meteorology.

    S&T Division: Chemical/Biological
    DHS COE: Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota
    Website: http://www.ncfpd.umn.edu/

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Communications & Interoperability: interoperable communication for emergency responders. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Engineering.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management; First Responders GroupDHS
    DHS COE: Command, Control and Interoperability (CVADA); Rutgers University, Purdue University
    Websites: http://ccicada.rutgers.edu/
    http://www.purdue.edu/discoverypark/vaccine/

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Community, Commerce & Infrastructure Resilience: multidisciplinary research to develop approaches to improve community resilience across the United States, improving community resilience and determining ways where public investments can foster resilient communities. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS research area: e.g. Economics, Social Sciences, Psychology, Public Health, Urban Planning, Environmental Studies, and Engineering.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management
    DHS COEs: Preparedness & Catastrophic Event Response, Johns Hopkins University
    Coastal Hazards; University of North Carolina, Jackson State University
    Websites: http://hazardscenter.unc.edu/


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Emergency Preparedness & Response: decision support tools to aid in the preparation or response to catastrophic events; studies of public risk communication; medicine and public health; business technology for first-responders. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Physics and Quantitative Political Science.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management
    DHS COEs: Coastal Hazards; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jackson State University
    Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events, University of Southern California
    Websites: http://hazardscenter.unc.edu/
    http://create.usc.edu/


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Explosives Detection, Mitigation, & Response: the detection, mitigation, and response to explosives in a wide variety of contexts. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics, and Social Sciences.

    S&T Division: Explosives
    DHS COE: Explosives Detection, Mitigation, and Response; Northeastern University, University of Rhode Island
    Website: http://www.northeastern.edu/alert/


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Food & Agriculture Security: assessment, characterization and prioritization of chemical-biological threats; detection and warning systems; agro-defense and food security; biological or chemical countermeasures; and decontamination, restoration and medical response to biological or chemical threat events. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Agriculture, Bio-Chem, Epidemiology, Veterinary Science, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Planetary Science, and Health Sciences.

    S&T Division: Chemical/Biological
    DHS COEs: Food Protection and Defense, University of Minnesota
    Foreign and Zoonotic Disease Defense, Texas A&M University
    Websites: http://www.ncfpd.umn.edu/
    http://fazd.tamu.edu/


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Human Factors: integration of human factors concerns into homeland security technologies to improve utility and operator safety; assessments of public acceptance of homeland security technologies; use of technology to discern critical aspects of human behavior. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Engineering, Health Sciences, Psychology, and Social Sciences. 

    S&T Division: Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences
    DHS COEs: Explosives Detection, Mitigation, and Response, Northeastern University
    Border Security and Immigration; University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso
    Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security; Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii
    Websites: http://www.northeastern.edu/alert/
    http://www.borders.arizona.edu/
    http://www.cimes.hawaii.edu/


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Immigration Studies: studies of the integration of new immigrants into U.S. society and the consequences of successful/failed assimilation. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Economics, Social Science, and Political Science.

    S&T Division: Borders & Maritime
    DHS COE: Border Security and Immigration; University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso
    Website: http://www.borders.arizona.edu/


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Infrastructure Protection: assessment of relative threats and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure; estimation of consequences of natural disasters or terrorist attacks to critical infrastructure; application of engineering technologies or tools to enhance DHS’ ability to prepare, predict, and minimize or prevent damage to critical infrastructure from natural hazards. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, Physics, Meteorology, Oceanography, Hydrology, Marine Science, and Business Administration.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management
    DHS COEs: Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security; Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii
    Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events, University of Southern California
    Websites: http://www.cimes.hawaii.edu/
    http://create.usc.edu/


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Maritime & Port Security: technologies and tools to secure national maritime borders and U.S. maritime interests, support global maritime awareness, defend maritime commerce and global supply chains, minimize damage and expedite recovery from attacks or catastrophic events impacting maritime interests, and protect coastal population centers. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Economics, Chemistry, Operations Research, Computer Science and Engineering, Maritime Engineering and Shipping Supply Chain (MBA), Maritime Meteorology, Remote Sensing.

    S&T Division: Borders & Maritime
    DHS COEs: Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security; Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii
    Website: http://www.cimes.hawaii.edu/
    http://www.stevens.edu/csr/


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Natural Disasters & Related Geophysical Studies: assessment of relative threats and vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure; estimation of consequences of natural disasters or terrorist attacks to critical infrastructure; application of engineering technologies or tools to enhance DHS’ ability to prepare, predict, and minimize or prevent damage to critical infrastructure from natural hazards. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, and Physics.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Protection & Disaster Management
    DHS COE: Coastal Hazards; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Jackson State University
    Websites: http://hazardscenter.unc.edu/


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Nuclear & Radiological Threat Detection: development of new technical approaches to the detection, localization, identification and characterization of nuclear and radiological weapons or materials that could be used in such devices that are outside of regulatory control.  Specific areas of research encompass advanced technology demonstrations sponsored by the Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO).  The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DNDO area: Nuclear Engineering, Physics, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Sciences, Systems Engineering, Electrical Engineering, and Material Science.
    

    DNDO Directorate: Transformational and Applied Research
    DHS COE: N/A
    Websites: http://www.dhs.gov/transformational-applied-research-directorate


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Risk, Economics, & Decision Sciences: applications of advanced methods and techniques to support decision making; quantitative analysis. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Biology, Chemistry, Agriculture, Computer Science, Economics, Mathematics, and Engineering.

    S&T Division: Operations Research
    DHS COE: Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events, University of Southern California
    Website: http://create.usc.edu/


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Social & Behavioral Sciences: social and behavioral analyses of terrorist threats; community preparedness, response and recovery from catastrophic events; economic assessments of terrorism and catastrophic events; and economic and mathematical decision models of terrorist behavior. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Engineering, Health Sciences, Economics, and Psychology.

    S&T Division: Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences
    DHS COEs: Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, University of Maryland
    Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorist Events, University of Southern California
    Websites: http://www.start.umd.edu/start/
    http://create.usc.edu/


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Transportation Security: applications of advanced methods and techniques to support decision making; quantitative analysis; improving the Nation’s preparedness in the event of a high consequence natural or man-made disaster, and developing best practices to alleviate the event’s effects. The following are HS-STEM disciplines that could be necessary to support research associated with this DHS S&T area: e.g. Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, Economics, and Business Supply Chain.

    S&T Division: Infrastructure Geophysical; Explosives, Borders & Maritime
    DHS COE: Explosives Detection Mitigation and Response, Northeastern University
    Border Security and Immigration; University of Arizona, University of Texas at El Paso
    Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security; Stevens Institute of Technology, University of Hawaii
    Websites: http://www.northeastern.edu/alert/
    http://www.borders.arizona.edu/
    http://www.cimes.hawaii.edu/


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