Sister Centers (COE)
START is one of 12 Centers of Excellence of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The Centers are authorized by Congress and chosen by the Department's Science & Technology Directorate through a competitive selection process. The Centers are operated through S&T's Office of University Programs.
Additional information on the Centers of Excellence program is available at the DHS website: http://www.dhs.gov/xres/programs/editorial_0498.shtm.
Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events
led by the University of Southern California.
Mission: develops advanced tools to evaluate the risks, costs and consequences of terrorism, and guides economically viable investments in countermeasures that will make our Nation safer and more secure.
Center of Excellence for Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense
co-led by Texas A&M University and Kansas State University.
Missions: protects against the introduction of high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases into the United States, with an emphasis on threat awareness, protective countermeasures, surveillance.
National Center for Food Protection and Defense
led by the University of Minnesota.
Mission: defends the safety and security of the food system from pre-farm inputs through consumption by establishing best practices, developing new tools and attracting new researchers to prevent, manage and respond to food contamination events.
Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment
led by Michigan State University and Drexel University and established jointly with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
Mission: fills critical gaps in risk assessments for decontaminating microbiological threats - such as plague and anthrax - answering the question, "How clean is safe?"
National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response
led by Johns Hopkins University.
Mission: optimizes our nation's preparedness in the event of a high-consequence natural or man-made disaster, as well as develops guidelines to best alleviate the effects of such an event.
Center of Excellence for Awareness & Location of Explosives-Related Threats
led by Northeastern University in Boston,M.A. and the University of Rhode Island in Kingston.
Mission: will develop new means and methods to protect the nation from explosives-related threats, focusing on detecting leave-behind Improvised Explosive Devices, enhancing aviation cargo security, providing next-generation baggage screening, detecting liquid explosives, and enhancing suspicious passenger identification.
National Center for Border Security and Immigration
led by the University of Arizona in Tucson (research co-lead) and the University of Texas at El Paso (education co-lead).
Missions: to develope technologies, tools and advanced methods to balance immigration and commerce with effective border security, as well as assess threats and vulnerabilities, improve surveillance and screening, analyze immigration trends, and enhance policy and law enforcement efforts.
Center for Maritime, Island and Remote and Extreme Environment Security
led by the University of Hawaii in Honolulu for maritime and island security and Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. for port security.
Mission: will strengthen maritime domain awareness and safeguard populations and properties unique to U.S. islands, ports, and remote and extreme environments.
Center for Natural Disasters, Coastal Infrastructure, and Emergency Management
led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University in Jackson, M.S.
Mission: will enhance the Nation's ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies as it relates to the consequences of catastrophic natural disasters.
National Transportation Security Center of Excellence
Was established in accordance with HR1, Implementing the Recommendations of the 9/11 Commission Act of 2007, in August 2007. NTSCOE is made up of seven institutions: Connecticut Transportation Institute at the University of Connecticut, Tougaloo College, Texas Southern University, National Transit Institute at Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, Homeland Security Management Institute at Long Island University, Mack Blackwell National Rural Transportation Study Center at the University of Arkansas, and the Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University.
Mission: To develop new technologies, tools and advanced methods to defend, protect and increase the resilience of the nation's multi-modal transportation infrastructure and education and training base lines for transportation security geared towards transit employees and professionals.
Center of Excellence in Command, Control and Interoperability (C2I)
led by Purdue University (visualization sciences co-lead) and Rutgers University (data sciences co-lead)
Mission: will create the scientific basis and enduring technologies needed to analyze massive amounts of information from multiple sources to more reliably detect threats to the security of the nation and its infrastructures, and to the health and welfare of its populace. These new technologies will also improve the dissemination of both information and related technologies.