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Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

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The application period for the Summer 2016 is now closed. Please check back in October 2016 for program updates and application materials for Summer 2017.


Program Overview

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at the university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). The SRT Program and DHS Centers are sponsored by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate Office of University Programs.

The program seeks to engage faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, in research that provides opportunities to:

  • better understand the mission and research needs of DHS
  • make advances in DHS Research Areas
  • strengthen the talent pool of scientists and engineers

Selected participants will conduct collaborative research of mutual interest to the Team, the DHS Center and DHS. Faculty members currently teaching at a MSI and students currently enrolled at a MSI in a discipline, major or concentration directly related to a homeland security science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) Research Area are encouraged to apply.

The DHS Centers network is an extended consortium of hundreds of universities generating ground-breaking ideas for new technologies and critical knowledge, while also relying on each other’s capabilities to serve the Department’s many mission needs. The Centers research portfolio is a mix of basic and applied research addressing both short and long term needs. The DHS Centers organize leading experts and researchers to conduct multidisciplinary homeland security research and education. Each Center is university-led or co-led in collaboration with partners form other institutions, agencies, national laboratories, think tanks and the private sector.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) administers this program through an interagency agreement between the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. ORISE is managed by ORAU for DOE. ORISE will be responsible for the application and review process, notification and implementation of the program.

DHS reserves the right to make no awards or to cancel this program. DHS assumes no liability for canceling the program or for anyone's failure to receive actual notification of cancellation.