RFP for Minority Serving Institutions to join student design challenge

RFP for Minority Serving Institutions to join student design challenge

To ensure the Department of Homeland Security can continue to operate efficiently, it is imperative to maintain an active pipeline of new homeland security professionals. One of the most efficient ways to encourage college students to pursue careers within the homeland security enterprise is to expose them to real-world homeland security issues.

To address this, two DHS Centers of Excellence, the Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE) at Arizona State University and Soft-Target Engineering to Neutralize the Threat Reality (SENTRY) Center at Northeastern University, will be hosting a design challenge/hackathon on the weekend of February 24-26, 2023.

About the Event

  • The three-day event will pair students with academic and industry mentors to solve real-world problem scenarios
  • The problem scenarios for this event will be related to public access areas including managing crowds during an attack and enabling effective communications among responders in times of public crisis
  • Although many hackathons may be focused on coding challenges, this event is about finding real solutions regardless of the medium those solutions happen to be in
  • CAOE is sponsoring 3-5 selected minority-serving institutions to participate in the event
  • To qualify, interested faculty must be able to recruit a team of 3-6 members and be willing to coordinate the logistics and communication between the team and the hackathon leadership group at ASU and Northeastern University

A formal proposal review process will be conducted to select those for which a grant award will be offered.

DEADLINE: November 18, 2022

All proposals must be submitted through the CAOE grant application portal.

Please click for the complete RFP guidelines and instructions.

Specific questions about this request for proposals should be addressed in writing to Professor Ross Maciejewski, Director CAOE, or Anthony Kuhn, Associate Director of Education, CAOE at [email protected].