National Science Foundation
Submission Window Date(s) (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time):
Scholarship Track: July 10, 2017 – July 31, 2017
Capacity Track: November 17, 2017 – December 05, 2017
The SFS program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development.
The Scholarship Track provides funding to institutions for awarding scholarships to students in cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients will 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 Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations or in Research (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity. The SFS program provides funds to colleges and universities for student scholarships in support of education in areas relevant to cybersecurity. In return for their scholarships, recipients must agree to work after graduation for the Federal Government or, subject to approval of the NSF program office, for a State, Local, or Tribal Government in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship (see Institutional Responsibilities for Scholarship Projects below).
The SFS Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals that are likely to lead to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity professionals. Proposals focusing on capacity building should contribute to the expansion of existing educational opportunities and resources in cybersecurity. These efforts might include but are not limited to the following:
- Conducting research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and small-scale interventions
- Establishing curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally
- Evaluating teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses
- Integrating cybersecurity topics into computer science, data science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption
- Developing virtual laboratories to promote collaboration and resource sharing in cybersecurity education
- Strengthening partnerships between institutions of higher education, government, and relevant employment sectors leading to improved models for the integration of applied research experiences into cybersecurity degree programs
- Evaluating the effectiveness of cybersecurity competitions, games, and other outreach and retention activities
- Integrating data science into cybersecurity curriculum
Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 2
- An individual may participate as PI, Co-PI, or Senior Personnel in at most one proposal per track in each annual SFS competition. These eligibility constraints will be strictly enforced and in the event that an individual exceeds this limit, proposals received within the limit will be accepted based on the earliest date and time of proposal submission (i.e., the first proposal received for the Scholarship and/or Capacity track will be accepted and the remainder will be returned without review).
Institution: A proposing institution must provide clearly documented evidence of a strong existing 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 Information Assurance Education/Cyber Defense (CAE IA/CD), in Cyber Operations, or in Research, (CAE-R); a specialized designation by a nationally recognized organization (for example, in forensics); or equivalent evidence documenting a strong program in cybersecurity.
Student: To be eligible for consideration for an SFS scholarship, a student must be a citizen or lawful permanent resident of the United States. In addition, a student must be one of the following:
- a full-time student within three years of graduation with a bachelor’s or master’s degree in a coherent formal program that is focused on cybersecurity at an awardee institution, or
- a research-based doctoral student.
There are additional eligibility requirements. Please review full RFP below.
Scholarship Track supports up to 3 years of stipends, tuition and allowances for students in the general area of cybersecurity. 8-13 Scholarship Track awards are anticipated.
Capacity Track projects may vary in size and may request up to $500,000 in total, with durations of up to 3 years. 8-13 Capacity Building Track awards are anticipated.
Link to Full RFP: