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Office of University Programs

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) streamlines access to the expertise of the nation’s colleges and universities by providing innovative research, development and education to address pressing homeland security needs.

OUP Harnesses the Intellectual Power of America's Universities

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Current Funding and Partnership Opportunities

OUP offers a variety of opportunities for engagement, including requests for information, calls for proposals and announcements of other funding and unfunded partnerships. 

  • HS-POWER - The Homeland Security Professional Opportunities for Student Workforce to Experience Research (HS-POWER) program aims to promote long-term relationships between students, researchers, DHS personnel, and research facilities to develop a diverse, educated, and skilled pool of STEM professionals. The program provides undergraduate and graduate students paid opportunities to participate in quality homeland security-related research experiences. 
  • SRT - The Summer Research Teams (SRT) Program places MSI teams made up of early-career faculty, undergraduate and graduate students for ten weeks to conduct full-time collaborative research at a DHS Center of Excellence.
  • View other Funding and Partnership Opportunities from S&T.


Office of University Programs Bring Innovation to Operations


  • Centers of Excellence

    The Centers of Excellence (COEs) are university-led research networks that anticipate threats and challenges to the homeland and operations. The COEs leverage their unique access to multidisciplinary expertise to conduct groundbreaking research resulting in rigorous, objective knowledge and solutions for DHS.

  • Workforce Development Initiatives

    Workforce Development Initiatives develop the current and future homeland security science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) workforce. The COEs, in concert with OUP, develop courses and offer a multitude of workshops and other opportunities for current employees to refine existing and develop new skills. Additionally, OUP grants, internships and fellowships provide students with advanced technical knowledge and training through experiential learning.

  • Minority Serving Institutions

    The Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program provides opportunities that foster and cultivate a diverse university-based research capability and talented workforce and prepares motivated students to launch successful homeland security-related careers.

Last Updated: 09/28/2023
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