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Science and Technology Directorate International Cooperative Programs Office

The International Cooperative Programs Office (ICPO) in the DHS Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) advances the vital mission of securing the nation through international collaborative research partnerships.


The ICPO provides the strategic framework to establish, facilitate, and implement effective international partnerships that support homeland security research, development, testing, and evaluation. The Office catalyzes the S&T’s connectivity among the international science and technology community, DHS operational components, and the homeland security research enterprise.

The ICPO works to match U.S. entities engaged in homeland security research with foreign counterparts so that they may partner in cooperative research activities.  Specifically:

  • Coordinating with partner nations, the Department, and other federal agencies to identify viable areas for cooperation and partnering opportunities.
  • Engaging international partners to participate in the Department Centers of Excellence program and encouraging U.S. institutions to partner with academic institutions abroad.
  • Conducting an international research grant program that requires recipients to include at least one U.S. and one foreign entity. 
  • Developing strategic priorities with the Department’s Office of International Affairs and other federal agencies in support of the homeland security mission. 


The International Cooperative Programs Office is headed by the ICPO Director. The Director keeps the Under Secretary, Deputy Under Secretary, Chief of Staff, Directors of Homeland Security Enterprise and First Responders, Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency, Acquisition Support and Operations Analysis, Research and Development Partnerships, and division heads informed of significant international developments and opportunities for leverage and coordination.


The International Cooperative Programs Office was established in accordance with Title 6 U.S. Code Section 195c (“Promoting antiterrorism through international cooperation program”). The ICPO facilitates the planning, development, and implementation of international cooperative activity to address the strategic priorities the Under Secretary considers appropriate, including grants, cooperative agreements, or contracts to or with foreign public or private entities, governmental organizations, businesses, federally funded research and development centers, and universities.


The DHS S&T Directorate is soliciting applications for international research projects aligned with the mission and requirements of the directorate. These projects should be designed to augment and complement, through international research and collaboration, the depth and breadth of homeland security science and technology research.  

Specifically, the S&T Directorate seeks proposals that will contribute to homeland security science and technology, including but not limited to:

  • Evaluation of novel tools or approaches to confronting homeland security challenges.
  • Basic research to provide data, understandings, or models that support S&T efforts or policy decisions.
  • S&T and operations research evaluations to support revolutionary improvements in the Department’s mission and its component agencies’ operations.

Information on grant opportunities is posted to



Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
Building 410, Mail Stop #0209
245 Murray Drive
Washington, D.C. 20528

Last Published Date: October 17, 2014
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