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U.S. Department of Education: Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges

Deadline: August 29, 2018

The Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges is designed to support projects at institutions of higher education (IHEs) that provide technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges.

The National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program has awarded large grants to three community colleges to operate centers that support the improvement of cybersecurity education at community colleges around the Nation. Those centers are the National CyberWatch Center, based at Prince George’s Community College (Largo, MD); the CyberWatch West Center, based at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA); and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), based at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL). Those centers coordinate a large network of affiliated institutions, including more than 100 community colleges.

To build on the experience and ongoing initiatives of the ATE Program, this program requires applicants to collaborate with an ATE Program Center. An eligible applicant must propose to lead a project to provide technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges that leverages the expertise of the National Science Foundation’s ATE Program. Each eligible applicant must include a signed statement by an authorized official from at least one of the three ATE Program centers: the National CyberWatch Center, the CyberWatch West Center, or CSSIA. The signed statement must certify that the center or centers will provide technical assistance or other aid to the applicant’s project.

Amount: An estimated $990,000 is available to make approximately 10 awards ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and averaging $99,000 for a 24-month budget period.

Eligibility: Community colleges that include a signed statement from at least one of the ATE Program centers certifying that the center or centers will provide technical assistance or other aid to the applicant’s project.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307731

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