The Homeland Security Act of 2002 granted the Department the authority to create university-based Centers of Excellence. The Centers are authorized by Congress and chosen by the Department’s Science and Technology Directorate through a competitive selection process.

There are currently 8 Centers of Excellence across the country, including the Coastal Resilience Center.


Emeritus Centers:

The Center for Visualization and Data Analytics (CVADA), co-led by Purdue University (visualization sciences-VACCINE) and Rutgers University (data sciences-CCICADA), creates the scientific basis and enduring technologies needed to analyze large quantities of information to detect security threats to the Nation.

The Coastal Hazards Center of Excellence (CHC), co-led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Jackson State University, performs research and develops education programs to enhance the Nation’s ability to safeguard populations, properties, and economies from catastrophic natural disasters.

The Center of Excellence for Zoonotic and Animal Disease Defense (ZADD), co-led by Texas A&M University and Kansas State University, protects the Nation’s agriculture and public health sectors against high-consequence foreign animal, emerging, and zoonotic disease threats.

The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI), led by the University of Minnesota, defends the safety and security of the food system by conducting research to protect vulnerabilities in the food supply chain. FPDI was formerly named the National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD).

The National Center for Risk and Economic Analysis of Terrorism Events (CREATE), led by the University of Southern California, develops advanced tools to evaluate the risks, costs, and consequences of terrorism.

The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), led by the University of Maryland, provides policy  makers and practitioners with empirically grounded findings on the human elements of the terrorist threat and informs decisions on how to disrupt terrorists and terrorist groups.