OSP FO# 11-025

AGENCY: Department of Homeland Security (DHS)/Science and Technology Directorate/Human Factors/Behavioral Sciences Division

PROGRAM: Cross-Discipline Research in Biometrics Science & Technology

OBJECTIVES: This program provides funding for cross-discipline biometrics research projects aligned with the mission and requirements of DHS S&T. Research in biometrics—methods to automatically recognize individuals based upon one or more unique physical or behavioral traits—has been historically conducted by the information technology community but this program seeks to significantly improve the performance or application of biometrics by encouraging new cross-discipline research collaboration.

Specifically, the S&T Directorate seeks proposals that will significantly advance the performance or application of biometrics in DHS’s mission and its component agencies’ operations through cross-discipline collaboration including, but not limited to, basic research into:

- The role of human identity in security;
- The acceptability and usability of biometrics in DHS’ applications;
- The forensic proof of automated biometric systems; and
- The acquisition of useful biometric samples independent of the environment.

Other cross-discipline topics that significantly enhance biometrics science and technology are welcome. Proposal must demonstrate substantive cross-discipline research collaboration involving two or more scientific disciplines.

DEADLINES: March 14, 2011

FUNDING INFORMATION: DHS anticipates providing $939,430 to fund 2–4 awards. The maximum amount for an award made under this program will not exceed $500,000 for total costs (direct and indirect costs). Applications for lesser amounts and/or phased projects are encouraged.

The performance period will range from one to two years depending on the effort proposed. Shorter seedling projects are also encouraged.

AGENCY CONTACT:
Christopher Miles
Department of Homeland Security
Science and Technology Directorate
Washington, DC 20528
Telephone: (202) 254-6642
E-mail: Christopher.Miles@dhs.gov
Web: http://www.grants.gov/search/search.do?mode=VIEW&oppId=64713

REMARKS: Applications must be submitted electronically using the Grants.gov system. Instructions and forms are available on the Grants.Gov website (http://www.grants.gov). Additional information about Grants.gov for BU Investigators can be obtained on the OSP website at: http://www.bu.edu/osp/proposal-preparation/electronic-submission/. Please contact the OSP Assistant Director assigned to your school or department as soon as possible to coordinate submission through the Grants.gov system.

Complete program guidelines and application material (CFDA# 97.108) may be obtained from the web site listed above or from the Office of Sponsored Programs (OSP). Please distribute this notice to any faculty or staff members who might be interested in the information. For more information, please contact the OSP at X3-4365 or ospinfo@bu.edu, or visit the OSP web site at http://www.bu.edu/osp.