Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Request for Information (RFI)

Update on previously submitted DHS Request for Information (2018):

MSRDC and The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced our partnership and hosted a webinar for members to share research topics of interest to its components: Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP).  Following the webinar, we released a Request for Information (RFI) with the anticipation that it would be followed by a formal Request for Project Proposal (RRPP).  Consequently, due to national events beyond our control, we later informed Members that the anticipated RRPP would be delayed.

We are pleased to announce that DHS has released an updated Request for Information (RFI). Please note, however, the research topics of interest and sponsoring DHS components represents U.S. Coast Guard, and Customs and Boarder Protection. While we regret that the original topics have been deferred indefinitely for now, DHS has those capability responses on file for future consideration. 

The following updated Request for Information will be followed by a Request for Research Proposal.  Due to programmatic time constraints, DHS cannot field any questions directly, but please be comprehensive in conveying your observations in your responses. 

Current Request for Information (2019):

The submission period for this opportunity has ended.

We have received a Request for Information (RFI) from our partner, The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) and the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center’s MSI STEM Research and Development Consortium (MSRDC) program.

The intended purpose of this RFI is to provide the government with insights, interest, and capabilities relating to three (3) draft research topics sponsored by the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP). 

MSRDC is requesting applicants submit the information in the form of QUAD Charts.  Interested parties may provide additional information in the form of a white paper, but this is not a requirement.  Submissions are due by the applicable due date and time outlined in the RFI. This RFI is voluntary and does not eliminate any consortium member from responding to any forthcoming Request for Proposal (RFP) projects. To ensure uniformity in assessing all responses, MSRDC request that you follow the following guidelines given in the RFI attached.

Additionally, with all Quad Chart submissions, please include the name, phone and email of the following individuals:

  • Department Chair/Dean
  • Designated Pre-Award administration contact person
  • Authorized Organization Representative (AOR)

Deadline: Quad chart submission via email to by 3:00PM, Monday, April 29, 2019.

Ready to submit your interest? Read the announcement here.

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