The Department of Homeland Security‘s science and technology directorate will award up to $35 million to two academic institutions to help DHS runÂ a center of excellence for cross-border threat screening and supply chain defense.
DHS said MondayÂ the newÂ CoE willÂ research and develop systems toÂ aid the identification of biological threats that could affectÂ the department’sÂ operations at land borders, ports of entry and nodes within the critical infrastructure supply chain.
The departmentÂ also posted the two funding opportunities onÂ the grants.gov website and noted it will provide the funds through a 10-year cooperative agreement.
DHS will solicit proposals from research teamsÂ with expertise inÂ scientific, engineering and math disciplines and thatÂ can supportÂ the departmentÂ in effortsÂ to develop new technology.
S&T COEs work with DHS operating components to transition and educate homeland security personnel aboutÂ mission-relevant science and technology as well as help address technical and training gaps.