The Homeland Security Centers of Excellence under the Office of University Programs bring together leading experts and researchers to conduct multidisciplinary research and education for homeland security solutions. Each center is led by a university in collaboration with partners from other institutions, agencies, laboratories, think tanks and the private sector.
The Centers are directly aligned with the Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate, creating linkages between the Department and other end-users as well as providing enduring cross-cutting technology and basic research needs for the Department and the nation.
The Homeland Security Act of 2002 granted the Department the authority to create university-based Centers of Excellence. The Centers are authorized by Congress and chosen by the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate through a competitive selection process.