Mission and Organization
The Center for Borders, Trade and Immigration Research (CBTIR) is a multidisciplinary research consortium aimed at addressing the nation’s challenges in border control, safeguarding legitimate trade and travel across borders and enhancing integrity of the immigration system. Through research and education, the Center aims to produce customer-oriented, cutting edge technologies, sound and relevant policies, and competent homeland security professionals.
Mission of the Center : To pursue cutting edge research and provide targeted education resources to address the Nation’s challenges as they relate to border control, customs, trade and travel facilitation, security and enforcement, and further strengthen the security and integrity of the immigration system to support immigrants’ integration and participation in American civic culture.
CBTIR addresses real-world challenges as they relate to borders, trade and travel, and immigration research. These challenges have defined our three core themes of funded projects: technology, policy, and education.
CBTIR partners closely with industry and community in order to transition research into technology and policies. The Center accomplishes this by working closely with partners and researchers to identify opportunities, pursuing joint proposals, and collaborative conferences.
CBTIR offers undergraduate, graduate and continuing professional education. The center currently provides a certificate program and symposium series focusing on Department of Homeland Security topics.
A Homeland Security Center of Excellence
The Homeland Security Centers of Excellence bring together leading experts and researchers to conduct multidisciplinary research and education for homeland security solutions.
The centers are authorized by Congress and chosen by the Department’s Science &Technology Directorate through a competitive selection process. Each center is led by a university in collaboration with partners from other institutions, agencies, laboratories, think tanks, and the private sector.