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National Science Foundation: Community College Cyber Pilot Program

Deadline: July 2, 2018

Cyberspace is a complex ecosystem that involves computer hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society’s overwhelming reliance on this complex system has exposed fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures. Corporations, agencies, national infrastructure, and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks.

To protect America’s economic prosperity and security in the 21st century, the nation needs an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that will produce an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce as well as a cybersecurity-literate citizenry. Community colleges play an important role in these efforts by offering degrees and industry-recognized credentials that prepare students to fill high-demand cybersecurity jobs.

The Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program, which is part of NSF’s CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program, will support scholarships for eligible students who:

  • Are pursuing associate degrees or specialized program certifications in the field of cybersecurity; and
  • (a) have bachelor’s degrees or (b) are veterans of the Armed Forces.

NSF will accept proposals to develop, implement, support, and evaluate C3P projects in this pilot effort. This new category of CyberCorps® SFS scholars will satisfy criteria and receive the benefits consistent with the CyberCorps® SFS program requirements and must work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

Applicants are encouraged to submit projects that will generate new knowledge about effective cybersecurity education, re-skilling workers to meet cybersecurity needs, preparing nontraditional students to reenter the educational system, increasing the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce, using applied research experiences to build skills and competencies for real-world scenarios, and building effective collaborations between educational institutions, business, industry, and government. Investigating some of these issues in conjunction with a novel educational program for the scholars may enhance the impact of the pilot projects.

Amount: Not specified.

Eligibility: Technical skills programs at community colleges will be supported.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=505573

Note: A webinar will be held to address questions related to this opportunity on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 1:00-2:00 PM (MDT). Instructions on how to participate will be posted on the CyberCorps Scholarship for Service program page. Additional webinars will be scheduled as needed.

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