Homeland Security Advanced Research Projects Agency

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

HSARPA funds only project grants resulting from scientific and technical proposals for basic research, applied research and technology development in areas of science and technology to support homeland security research.

These projects will promote revolutionary changes in technologies which would promote homeland security; advance the development, testing, and evaluation, and deployment of critical homeland security technologies; and accelerate the prototyping and deployment of technologies that would address homeland security vulnerabilities.

All awards made under the affiliated Small Business Innovation Research Program will be restricted as required by law and regulation.

Funds provided for any other purpose will be specified explicitly in the award document.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

HSARPA performs its functions in part by awarding contracts, grants, cooperative agreements, or other transactions for prototypes or research to: public or private entities, public or private nonprofit institutions/organizations, businesses, profit organizations, Federally funded research and development centers, universities, individuals, specialized groups, and other private institutions/organizations.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Beneficiaries are small and large businesses; public and private educational institutions, and profit and non-profit entities.


One condition of HSARPA assistance will be acceptable professional qualifications and documented experience necessary to properly conduct the research solicited in the manner proposed. Another condition of assistance may be the ability of applicants to possess specified security clearances, processes and procedures. Applicants must not appear on the nonprocurement suspended or debarred list. In addition, the provisions of OMB Circulars Nos. A-21, A-87, A-88, A-110, A-122, and A-133 must be met, as applicable.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

There is no required preapplication coordination.

Applicants may be required to register electronically at www.hsarpabaa.com if they wish to submit a white paper or proposal for an active solicitation.

Instructions for registration are identified in the posted funding opportunity (fedbizops.com).

This program is excluded from the 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.


Homeland Security Act of 2002, Title III, Section 307 and 831, Public Law 107-296.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.




Renewals of grant awards are based on performance, program plan, and availability of funds.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements


Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

As required by solicitation.

Post Assistance Requirements


Refer to the program guidance or the award document for frequency of reporting.


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 3 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 3-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 3-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 $3,000,000; 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

Homeland Security Act of 2002, Title III, Sec. 307 and 831, Public Law 107-296, and information contained at http://www.dhs.gov., http://www.fedbizopps.gov., and http://www.hsarpabaa.com. FAR, OMB Circulars No. A-102, Grants and Cooperative Agreements with State and Local Governments and A-87, Cost Principles for State, Local and Indian Tribal Governments, A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations, A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions and A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organization.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Grants and Financial Assistance Division, Office of Procurement Operations, Department of Homeland Security, Building 410, 245 Murray Lane SW., Washington DC 20528. Telephone: (202) 447-5589.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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

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