The S&T Directorate has developed significant engagements with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The Office of University Programs strongly supports the participation of MSIs in the DHS Centers of Excellence Program as partners and as lead institutions.
The DHS Scientific Leadership Awards (SLA) fund the development of homeland security science, technology, engineering and mathematics (HS-STEM) teaching initiatives, curriculums, and scholarships at MSIs. Since 2007, the SLA Program has distributed 54 awards, with awards averaging $350,000 per grant. These grants help develop enduring educational and research capabilities within the MSI communities, which include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. SLA grants are competitively awarded to accredited MSIs to build HS-STEM capabilities, establish HS-STEM related curricula and courses of study, support the development of early-career faculty, and recruit and mentor students. Each SLA recipient is required to partner with a DHS Center of Excellence.
DHS Scientific Leadership Award Announcement for Minority Serving Institutions
2014 Call for Proposals
Proposals due: May 5, 2014
The DHS S&T Office of University Programs invites proposals for the 2014 DHS Scientific Leadership Awards (SLA) program from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to establish homeland security-related scientific leadership awards programs. The SLA program develops homeland security educational and research capabilities within the MSI communities. OUP expects to fund these programs for several years to ensure a lasting capability at recipient MSIs.
Answers to Frequently Asked Question about the DHS SLA Announcement are posted and updated once a week until the Announcement closes on May 5.
DHS held an SLA Informational Webinar on April 3 to provide applicants with information about the 2014 SLA award competition and how to apply.
The DHS Summer Research Team Program for MSIs is designed to engage early career faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, in research that will provide them opportunities to understand the mission and research needs of DHS. The grants fund research opportunities at DHS Centers of Excellence that increase and enhance the scientific leadership at MSIs in DHS-relevant research areas. Faculty may also receive funding for follow-on collaborative research between the DHS Center of Excellence and the MSI during the subsequent academic year. DHS has supported 55 Summer Research Teams since 2005.
- List of Summer Research Team Recipients
- List of Scientific Leadership Award Recipients
Current MSIs associated with the various COEs:
Alcorn State University
Blackfeet Community College
California State University, Los Angeles
Florida A&M University
Fort Valley State University
Haskell Indian Nations University
Jackson State University
Kentucky State University
Navajo Technical College
New Mexico Highlands University
NM Institute of Mining and Technology
New Mexico State UniversityNorth Carolina A&T University
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University
Salish Kootenai College
South Carolina State University
Tennessee State University
Univ. of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
University of Houston, Downtown
University of Houston, Clear Lake
University of New Mexico
University of Texas Pan American
Univ. of Texas at San Antonio