DHS Partners with NSF for Academic Research Initiative on Domestic Nuclear Detection
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Domestic Nuclear Detection Office (DNDO) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) have issued a potential $58 million in grant opportunities over five years for colleges and universities that will focus on detection systems, individual sensors, or other research relevant to the detection of nuclear weapons, special nuclear material, radiation dispersal devices, and related threats. The program is called the Academic Research Initiative and will foster frontier research and build the nation’s intellectual capital in nuclear sciences.
Proposals submitted to NSF through the Fastlane electronic system, or through Grants.gov, will be reviewed through NSF’s merit-based process using panels of peer reviewers and experts recruited jointly by NSF and DNDO. Seven NSF units will be participating in the effort including five directorates and two additional offices. Spanning multiple academic disciplines, this broad expertise will form a comprehensive platform for fundamental research on domestic nuclear detection.
The NSF is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1950 to promote the progress of science; to advance the national health, prosperity, and welfare; and to secure the national defense. With an annual budget of about $5.58 billion, NSF is the funding source for approximately 20 percent of all federally supported basic research conducted by America’s colleges and universities. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 1,700 universities and institutions.
The DNDO is a jointly staffed office established to improve the nation’s capability to detect and report unauthorized attempts to import, possess, store, develop, or transport nuclear or radiological material for use against the nation, and to further enhance this capability over time.