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Deadline: August 29, 2018

U.S. Department of Education: Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need

The Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution.

Four broad areas have been identified as national needs:

  1. Computer and Information Sciences: Cybersecurity, secure computer programming, and artificial intelligence.
  2. Rebuilding the Nation’s Infrastructure: The Administration’s Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America identifies a need for public and private investment in rebuilding the Nation’s infrastructure. To meet this goal, the Nation needs to expand the prepared workforce to ensure timely planning, delivery, and inspection of infrastructure projects. Therefore, there is a national need to increase the number of professional engineers able to facilitate a wide range of infrastructure projects.
  3. National Civic Literacy: Studies of American adults’ knowledge of American history and institutions have demonstrated low levels of knowledge and that ‘‘greater civic knowledge trumps a college degree as the leading factor in encouraging active civic engagement.’’ In order to improve civic engagement, Americans need a clear understanding of American history and the Western traditions that gave rise to the American Republic.
  4. Workforce Development: The Nation needs innovative solutions that enable individuals to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to meet workforce demands through shorter-term programs that align with the needs of employers. Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degrees provide such a solution within graduate education. To better meet the Nation’s needs in computer and information sciences and in engineering, PSM programs are included as terminal degree programs chosen for these areas in this competition.

Amount: An estimated $18,357,000 is available to make approximately 74 awards ranging from $149,250 to $398,000 and averaging $248,750 for a project period of up to 36 months.

For the 2018–19 academic year, the institution must pay the fellow a stipend at a level of support equal to that provided by the National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program, except that this amount must be adjusted as necessary so as not to exceed the fellow’s demonstrated level of financial need as stated under part F of title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended. For the 2018–19 academic year, the institutional payment is $15,750 per fellow.

An institution must provide, from non-Federal funds, an institutional matching contribution equal to at least 25 percent of the grant amount received.

Eligibility: (a) Any academic department of an IHE that provides a course of study that—
(i) Leads to a graduate degree in an area of national need; and
(ii) Has been in existence for at least four years at the time of an application for a grant under this competition; or
(b) An academic department of an IHE that—
(i) Satisfies the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section; and
(ii) Submits a joint application with one or more eligible non-degree-granting institutions that have formal arrangements for the support of doctoral dissertation research with one or more degree-granting institutions.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307673

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