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National Science Foundation: Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace – Cybersecurity Education Projects

Deadline: December 13, 2017

The Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program’s goals are are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The RDSP identified six areas critical to successful cybersecurity R&D: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive, and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice.

The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication, and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.

Proposals may be submitted in one of the following three project size classes: small projects, medium projects, and frontier projects, and for cybersecurity education projects. Cybersecurity Education Designation projects are detailed in this summary (see note below for more information regarding other project types).

The Education (EDU) Designation will be used to label proposals focusing entirely on cybersecurity education. The EDU Designation recognizes that, on occasion, the results of SaTC-funded research lead to widespread changes in our understanding of the fundamentals of cybersecurity that can, in turn, lead to fundamentally new ways to motivate and educate students about cybersecurity. Proposals submitted to this designation leverage successful results from previous and current basic research in cybersecurity and research on student learning, both in terms of intellectual merit and broader impacts, to address the challenge of expanding existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity. This might include but is not limited to the following efforts:

  • Based on the results of previous and current basic research in cybersecurity, define a cybersecurity body of knowledge and establish curricular recommendations for new courses (both traditional and online), degree programs, and educational pathways leading to wide adoption nationally
  • Evaluate the effects of these curricula on student learning
  • Encourage the participation of a broad and diverse population in cybersecurity education
  • Develop virtual laboratories to promote collaboration and resource sharing in cybersecurity education
  • Develop partnerships between centers of research in cybersecurity and institutions of higher education that lead to improved models for the integration of research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs
  • Develop and evaluate the effectiveness of cybersecurity competitions, games, and other outreach and retention activities
  • Conduct research that advances improvements in teaching and student learning in cybersecurity and, where possible, focuses on broadening participation

Amount: A total of $68,000,000 is available across all project sizes. Approximately 50 small project awards will be made. Cybersecurity Education proposals range up to $300,000 in total budget with durations of up to two years.

Eligibility: Proposals may only be submitted by the following:

  • Universities and Colleges: Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the U.S. acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
  • Nonprofit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies, and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.

PIs, co-PIs, or other senior project personnel must hold primary and full-time paid appointments in research or teaching positions at U.S.-based campuses/offices of eligible organizations.

Link: https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504709

Note: In addition to the Education Designation, the solicitation includes the option of applying under one of the following three project size classes:
  • Small projects: up to $500,000 in total budget, with durations of up to three years; Deadline: November 15, 2017
  • Medium projects: $500,001 to $1,200,000 in total budget, with durations of up to four years; Deadline: October 10, 2017
  • Frontier projects: $5,000,000 to $10,000,000 in total budget, with durations of up to five years; Deadline: October 20, 2017

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