Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead

Department of Homeland Security

http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=253479

Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.

Institutional Eligibility: DHS will accept only one (1) application for Center Lead from any single university for review. Proposals must be submitted by an accredited U.S. institution of higher education that, along with its chosen partners, has the ability and capacity to conduct the required research. The applicant institution must be identified as the official lead for proposal submission and subsequent negotiations.

The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).

Proposal Limit: 1

Summary: The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) requests applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as a lead institution for a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence. The Coastal Resilience Center will conduct research and education to enhance the Nation’s ability to safeguard people, infrastructure, and economies from catastrophic coastal natural disasters such as floods and hurricanes. The Coastal Resilience Center also will consider future climate trends and their impacts on coastal resilience. The Center’s primary geographic focus will be on the East and Gulf Coast regions of the United States. However, applications to inland flooding and West Coast issues are welcome. The Coastal Resilience Center will work with DHS S&T offices such as the Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency (HSARPA), the First Responders Group (FRG), and the Acquisition Support and Operations Analysis Group (ASOA), as well as DHS Component agencies [e.g., FEMA, U.S. Coast Guard, National Protection and Programs Directorate (NPPD)] to refine research needs and approaches. For more information about DHS S&T and its organizational structure, visit http://www.dhs.gov/st-organization.

The overarching goal of the Center will be to advance our understanding of coastal hazards to benefit a large number of public and private entities. DHS anticipates this research will produce tangible research and education results for use by DHS, other federal agencies, state and local governments, and other relevant entities that: (1) improve the Nation’s overall resilience as defined in Presidential Policy Directive (PPD) 21–Critical Infrastructure Security and Resilience, PPD 8-National Preparedness, and the Quadrennial Homeland Security Review (QHSR), and (2) reduce the adverse impacts of coastal natural disasters on the Nation’s citizens, infrastructure, and economy. The Coastal Resilience Center’s research results will include tools, technologies, and knowledge products (e.g., best practices, resource guides, case studies) for use in improving homeland security enterprise (HSE) operations, decision-making, and policy at all levels of government. The Coastal Resilience Center’s education and workforce development programs will include innovative initiatives that: embed students with homeland security practitioners to conduct research; foster opportunities for students to gain practical experience in homeland security-related professions; integrate homeland security studies into existing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) degree programs; and provide technical education and training programs for HSE and DHS professionals.

DHS will conduct an informational webinar for interested applicants on May 5, 2014, at 2:00 PM EDT. During the call, DHS will discuss the FOA and provide an opportunity for interested applicants to ask questions. To access the webinar, please sign in at https://foodshield.connectsolutions.com/coe_for_coastal_resilience_foa/. To confirm date and time of the webinar, please check www.grants.gov and http://www.hsuniversityprograms.org/index.cfm/funding-opportunities/.

Dates:

May 12, 2014: Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to limitedsubmissions@tamu.edu

May 14, 2014: Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, and preliminary budget.

The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.

If you have any questions, please contact:  shelly.martin@tamu.edu or 979.862.2233.

June 4, 2014: Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

July 3, 2014: Sponsor deadline for the full application.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.

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