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Deadline: February 4, 2019

National Science Foundation: CyberCorps: Scholarship for Service

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people. Society’s overwhelming reliance on cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities: corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. Achieving a truly secure cyberspace requires addressing both challenging scientific and engineering problems involving many components of a system, and vulnerabilities that stem from human behaviors and choices. Examining the fundamentals of security and privacy as a multidisciplinary subject can lead to fundamentally new ways to design, build and operate cyber systems, protect existing infrastructure, and motivate and educate individuals about cybersecurity.

The CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program aims to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce. The SFS program welcomes proposals to establish or to continue scholarship programs in cybersecurity. All scholarship recipients 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. A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing academic program in cybersecurity. Such evidence can include designation by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security as a Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD), in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO) or in Research (CAE-R); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity. Funding focus areas are detailed below.

SFS Scholarships: The SFS program provides funds to institutions of higher education for student scholarships in support of education in areas relevant to cybersecurity. Each scholarship recipient, as a condition of receiving a scholarship under the SFS program, enters into an agreement under which the recipient, upon receipt of academic degree, agrees to work for a period equal to the duration of the scholarship in the cybersecurity mission of an executive agency or, subject to a prior approval, in the cybersecurity mission of:

  • Congress, including any agency, entity, office, or commission established in the legislative branch
  • An interstate agency
  • A state, local, or tribal government
  • A state, local, or tribal government-affiliated non-profit organization that is considered to be critical infrastructure

Increasing national capacity in cybersecurity education: The SFS program supports efforts that are likely to lead to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. The proposals may be submitted via the Education Designation in the NSF-wide Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC-EDU) program. More information can be found at: More information can be found at https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf18572. Additionally, the Program, in partnership with the National Security Agency (NSA), provides funding to improve cybersecurity education at the kindergarten through 12th grade to:

  • Increase interest in cybersecurity careers
  • Help students practice correct and safe online behavior and understand the foundational principles of cybersecurity
  • Help improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for kindergarten through grade 12 computer science curricula
  • Promote teacher recruitment in the field of cybersecurity

Special projects: The SFS program is also interested in ideas for forward-looking or unconventional activities that show real promise to have a broad national impact on cybersecurity education and workforce development, but which fall outside the SFS and SaTC-EDU program boundaries. Principal investigators who have such ideas must first discuss them with a SFS program officer. If the program officer agrees that the activities would be appropriate for consideration by the program, the program officer may encourage the submission of an unsolicited proposal.

Amount: A total of $15,000,000 is available to fund 8-12 awards will be made ranging from $2,000,000-$5,000,000. The SFS Scholarship award supports up to three years of stipends, tuition and allowances for students in the general area of cybersecurity. The scholarships provide academic year stipends of $25,000 per year for undergraduate students and $34,000 per year for graduate students. In addition, SFS scholarships cover expenses normally incurred by full-time students in the institution, including tuition and education related fees (does not include items such as meal plans, housing, or parking); and a professional allowance of $6,000 per academic year for the SFS Job Fair and other travel, books, professional certifications etc.

Eligibility: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members. Community colleges are eligible only as either non-lead collaborating institutions or sub-awardees of the partnering four-year SFS institutions. PIs, co-PIs, or other senior project personnel must hold primary, full-time, paid appointments in research or teaching positions at US-based campuses of institutions eligible to submit to this solicitation, with exceptions granted for family or medical leave, as determined by the submitting institution.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504991&org=NSF

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