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Summer Research Experiences for Federal Service Academies


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.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Directorate Office of University Programs is offering the DHS Summer Research Experiences for Federal Service Academies to provide opportunities for faculty and students to conduct research at the university-based DHS University Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers), or to participate in field studies sponsored by DHS S&T and DHS component agencies. The research will be in areas of interest common to both DHS and the Department of Defense (DOD).

The intent of the program is to increase DHS-DOD collaboration in scientific and engineering research and build a partnership between DHS S&T, the DHS Centers and future military leaders. This program is designed to engage faculty and rising senior cadets and midshipmen in challenging research opportunities at some of the Nation’s best research institutions or on the front lines of homeland security and defense.

The DHS Centers conduct research in areas of importance to DHS, while strengthening the talent pool of scientists and engineers. The DHS Centers work closely with DHS operational components to develop high quality and realistic research that has a high likelihood of transition to use. DHS S&T sponsors the Centers to conduct research, development, testing and evaluation in a wide range of scientific and engineering disciplines to support homeland security. The DHS Centers focus on a number of research areas, including: risk, economics, operations research and systems analysis; “big data” analysis and visualization; maritime and port security, explosives detection and mitigation; natural disaster preparedness and response; border security and immigration; food and agricultural security; terrorism studies; transportation security; and medical and public health event preparedness. The DHS S&T Directorate is engaged in advanced research and product development in a similar and complementary range of research endeavors (see: http://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/hsarpa.)

DHS S&T’s Directorate Office of University Programs provides funding for the summer research experiences at the DHS Centers and DHS field studies. 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 (DHS). 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.