CIP Research

1. The Center for Advancing Microbial Risk Assessment (CAMRA) - CAMBRA is an interdisciplinary research center established to develop scientific knowledge on the fate and risk of bioterrorist and other high priority infectious agents.

2. The Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE) - CREATE was formed to assess the risks of terrorism, to develop tools for analyzing economic and societal consequences of terrorist attacks, and to provide guidance on investments to counter terrorism and make the nation safer.

3. The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD) - The FAZD Center is the integrated, full spectrum center protecting America from exotic and engineered animal diseases that threaten public health and economic stability. Its specific mission is to create products that defend the U.S. from the intentional use of animal-borne diseases to cause catastrophic harm. These products offer the dual benefit of protecting against natural or accidental outbreaks.

4. Institute for Discrete Sciences (IDS) – University Affiliated Centers (UAC) – These centers are part of a larger nationwide collaboration based at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory that includes DHS and several national laboratories. IDS studies selected topics in computer science, the data sciences, and discrete mathematics, collectively labeled “discrete sciences.”

     a. The Center for Dynamic Data Analysis (DyDAn) at Rutgers University
     b. The Center for the Extraction and Summarization of Events and Opinions in Text (CERATOPS) at the University of Pittsburgh
     c. The Center for Knowledge Integration and Discovery (CKID) at the University of Southern California
     d. The Center for Multimodal Information Access and Synthesis (MIAS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

5. National Center for Food Protection & Defense (NCFPD) - Developed as a multidisciplinary and action-oriented research consortium, NCFPD addresses the vulnerability of the nation’s food system to attack through intentional contamination with biological or chemical agents. NCFPD takes a comprehensive, farm-to-table view of the food system, encompassing all aspects from primary production through transportation and food processing to retail and food service.

6. National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) – The mission of PACER is improve the Nation’s preparedness and the ability to respond in the event of a high consequence natural or manmade disaster to alleviate the event’s effects by developing and disseminating best scientific practices. To best achieve this mission, PACER is conducting seventeen different projects focused on five key areas of research: preparedness theory and practice; response networks; analysis, modeling, and simulation; science, technology, and engineering; and education.

7. Regional Visualization & Analytics Centers (RVACs) - The National Visualization and Analytics Center has, as one of its major objectives, the establishment of several Regional Visualization and Analytics Centers (RVACs) to assist the Department of Homeland Security to develop visual analytics tools in identifying and thwarting terrorist threats to the nation. RVACs have been established at key academic institutions to provide both research expertise and training and education programs, supplementing the knowledge centered within NVAC.

8. Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) - The Southeast Region Research Initiative (SERRI) is a ground breaking program managed by Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) for the US Department of Homeland Security to assist local, state and tribal leaders in developing the tools and methods required to anticipate and forestall terrorist events and to enhance disaster response.

9. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) - START is a U.S. Department of Homeland Security Center of Excellence, tasked by the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate with using state-of-the-art theories, methods, and data from the social and behavioral sciences to improve understanding of the origins, dynamics, and social and psychological impacts of terrorism.

10. National Academic Consortium for Homeland Security - The Consortium comprises public and private academic institutions engaged in scientific research, technology development and transition, education and training, and service programs concerned with current and future U.S. national security challenges, issues, problems and solutions, at home and around the world.

11. The Homeland Security Institute—HIS is a Studies and Analysis Federally Funded Research and Development Center established pursuant to Section 312 of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. HSI delivers independent and objective analyses and advises in core areas important to its sponsor in support of policy development, decision-making, analysis of alternative approaches, and evaluation of new ideas on issues of significance. HIS offers a weekly newsletter about homeland security issues and developments.


The Challenge

The task of assuring the security of our homeland involves protecting the citizens of the United States, the nation's critical infrastructure and key assets. This is necessary to sustain the nation's vitality against terrorism and other threats. This protection must originate at the community level. It requires discovering, developing and deploying new technology that will support first responders and key decision makers in local communities.

The Mission

NIHS' mission is to discover, develop and deploy solutions that protect and preserve the critical infrastructure of the nation's communities.

The Institute

NIHS aligns projects and research objectives with the needs and requirements of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The strategy is to manage a distributed research enterprise that effectively transitions research and development into solutions. NIHS works with DHS to determine technology needs at the community level. Then, teams are quickly assembled from multiple universities to develop solutions to the needs.

The Strategy

Through management of the Kentucky Critical Infrastructure Protections Program (KCI), the National Institute for Hometown Security (NIHS) provides an ongoing, integrated program dedicated to developing new technologies and devices. NIHS works through qualified academic institutions to accomplish the technological objectives.