Port Security Research and Development Grant

To identify technology solutions for port security through research and development that will provide end products that meet or exceed the following four priorities: Cargo Information Action Center, Passengers and Vehicles Screening on Ferries, Transparency of Vessel Ownership and Operation Restore.
Related Programs

Examples of Funded Projects

Regional Maritime Security Coalitions Cargo Information Action Center, Operation Restore's Dynamic Shipping Rerouting Decision Support Tool, http://www.operationrestore.org .

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Program Accomplishments


Uses and Use Restrictions

Allowable costs are detailed in Request for Application (RFA) and are restricted to research and development activities.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Research and Development activities at National Laboratories, private nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education and other entities.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Specialized Group; critical national seaports and terminals.



Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Department of Transportation, Maritime Transportation Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-295, Homeland Security Act of 2002, Public Law 107-296.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Not applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has a statutory 75/25 match requirement. See 46 U.S.C. 70107(c)(1).

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance is up to 18 months. Funds will be made available upon award, however authorization will be provided based upon progress.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly Earned Value Management Reports and Quarterly Project Status Reports, Final Project Report and Final Financial Status Report are required.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of three years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the three-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular three-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 est not available; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not available.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Cost principles applicable to the awards are: OMB Circular No. A-21 for cost principles for educational institutions, OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments, OMB Circular No. A-102 grants and cooperative agreements with state and local governments, A-110 uniform administrative requirements for grants and agreements with institutions of higher education, A-122 for nonprofit organizations, 48 CFR Part 31 for commercial organizations and A-133 for audits. Solicitation guidelines will be made available.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

Not applicable.

Headquarters Office

Transportation Security Administration Headquarters, Office of Acquisition, TSA-25, 701 South 12th Street, Arlington VA 22202, Pat Masterson; Telephone: (571) 227-1587.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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