Monday, June 29, 2015

Cybrary and NSF $27million Grant. BEMA promotion and support of Cybrary and U.S. Funded Sources. $27 million - CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) - Defending America's Cyberspace

At BEMA we will promote ‘free’ Cybrary (http://www.cybrary.it/ ) cybersecurity education & training for immediate job seekers, and more acceptable and traditional 'long-term' forms of education & training at HBCUs, Tribal, and traditional colleges and universities in the U.S.     CDS.  CEO. Black Emergency Managers Association.

  
CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS) - Defending America's Cyberspace

Award information Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 20 to 30

Consisting of 10-15 Scholarship Track awards and 10-15 Capacity Building Track awards

Anticipated Funding Amount: $27,000,000

Pending the availability of funds, in FY 2016 and FY 2017 for new awards under this program solicitation. Scholarship awards are usually funded as continuing grants over a five-year period.


Program Title:    CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)

Synopsis of Program:

Cyberspace has transformed the daily lives of people. The rush to embrace cyberspace, however, has exposed its fragility and vulnerabilities:  corporations, agencies, national infrastructure and individuals have been victims of cyber-attacks. In December 2011, the National Science and Technology Council with the cooperation of NSF advanced a broad, coordinated Federal strategic plan for cybersecurity research and education to "change the game," examine the misuses of cyber technology, bolster education and training in cybersecurity, establish a science of cybersecurity, and transition promising cybersecurity research into practice. To achieve this strategic plan, the Nation requires an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that results in an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce and citizenry capable of advancing America's economic prosperity and national security in the 21st century. The Cybersecurity Enhancement Act of 2014 (Public Law 113-274) authorizes the National Science Foundation, in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management and the Department of Homeland Security, to offer a scholarship program to recruit and train the next generation of information technology professionals, industry control system security professionals and security managers.

The CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks proposals that address cybersecurity education and workforce development. The Scholarship Track provides funding to award scholarships to students 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 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 Capacity Track seeks innovative proposals leading to an increase in the ability of the United States higher education enterprise to produce cybersecurity and focus on efforts such as research on the teaching and learning of cybersecurity, including research on materials, methods and interventions; curricula recommendations for new courses, degree programs, and educational pathways with plans for wide adoption nationally; teaching and learning effectiveness of cybersecurity curricular programs and courses;  integration of cybersecurity topics into computer science, data science, information technology, engineering and other existing degree programs with plans for pervasive adoption; and 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.

General inquiries regarding this program should be made to:

Victor P. Piotrowski, Program Director, telephone: (703) 292-5141, email: vpiotrow@nsf.gov

Dongwon Lee, Program Director, telephone: (703) 292-4679, 
email: dlee@nsf.gov

Paul Tymann, Program Director, telephone: (703) 292-2260, 
email:  ptymann@nsf.gov

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