The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is founding the five new Centers of Excellence to create what it describes as learning environments for critical homeland security missions. The new Centers are located across the country.
In all, 11 universities will partner to lead these Centers and receive grants of as much as $2 million per year over a period of four to six years. In establishing the Centers, Jay M. Cohen, under secretary for Science and Technology, noted, "Investments in long-term, basic research are vital for the future of homeland security. These colleges and universities are leaders in their fields of study. They will provide scientific expertise, high-quality resources, and independent thought—all valuable to securing America."
To be managed by the DHS Science and Technology Directorate's Office of University Programs, the programs are: the Center of Excellence for Border Security and Immigration to be co-lead by The University of Arizona at Tucson and University of Texas at El Paso; the Center of Excellence for Explosives Detection, Mitigation and Response to be led by Northeastern University in Boston, MA and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI; the Center of Excellence for Maritime, Island and Port Security will be co-led by The University of Hawaii in Honolulu, HI and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ; the Center of Excellence for Natural Disasters, Coast Infrastructure and Emergency Management will be headed by The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University in Jackson, MS; and the Center of Excellence for Transportation Security will be co-led by Texas Southern University in Houston, Tougaloo College in Tougaloo, MS and the University of Connecticut in Storrs, CT.