Department of Homeland Security

DHS S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead

Research Office Letter of Intent Deadline:  June 2, 2014

Agency Deadline: July 3, 2014

Informational Webinar: May 5, 2014, 2:00 PM EDT. To access the webinar, sign in at

Anticipated Funding Amount:  $4,000,000 per year for 5 years

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is soliciting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to serve as the lead institution for a Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence.

The 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, and will also consider future climate trends and their impacts on coastal resilience. The primary geographic focus will be on the East and Gulf Coast regions of the U.S., but applications to inland flooding and West Coast issues are welcome.

Applicants must address each of three substantive research themes: coastal infrastructure resilience; building resilient communities; and disaster dynamics. Proposals will include an integrated STEM research and education plan and a detailed management/organization plan for the Center. Results are expected to include tools, technologies, and knowledge products (e.g., best practices, resource guides, case studies) for improving homeland security operations, decision-making, and policy at all levels of government.

A companion FOA has been issued for single project proposals from applicants who wish to be considered as potential partners for the Center ( These single project applications are not subject to the university’s limited submission procedures.

In an effort to provide the highest level of excellence and viability for funding, a review process will be put in place if more than one proposal is submitted. The finalist will be asked to represent Oregon State University and to submit their proposal to the DHS S&T Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence – Center Lead program by the deadline of July 3, 2014. The selected team should be prepared to present their proposal to a review panel before June 26th.

Information: Mary Phillips, Director, Office for Research Development at

General guidance for preparation of letters of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page)

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Unique Aspects:  3 or 4 sentences that highlight how your research/approach is different/better.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or pullet points that highlight team expertize as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the DHA.  DHS funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 
  • Justification for DHS support: One paragraph explaining why this research fits with the RFP and strategic goals of DHS. 


  • Problem statement - Clear and concise statement of 1) research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s); 2) what technical barriers need to be overcome to perform the research; and 3) how the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Conceptual framework:  Conceptual framework describing, for example, how the synthesis of various project components, approaches, and participant expertise are linked together to address the problem of interest.  Graphics may be used.
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
    • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research. (Remember your initial motivation for wanting to do this!)
    • Peer Groups: Who else is doing something similar, why their discoveries are useful for you, and what discriminates you.
    • Broader Impact/Metrics for Success: What metrics are the most appropriate for evaluating the success of the proposed project (e.g., peer-reviewed papers, policy-directed efforts, databases, models, development of new resources, etc.)? If successful, who would most likely use the knowledge or tools developed?
    • Fundraising:  List any matching fund requests, industry commitments etc.  List any similar current proposals pending.

Suggested Reviewers: (1 page) Optional – but as you write envision who might be a reviewer of your proposal or the Program Officer.

  • Reviewer 1: Area of expertise,
  •  Name,
  • Title,
  • Contact
  • State why you think this person would be a good reviewer.
Monday, June 2, 2014
Date Open: 
Friday, May 2, 2014
Department of Homeland Security