Centers for Academic Excellence


To enhance the recruitment and retention of an ethnically and culturally diverse intelligence community workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interests of the United States.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Defense Intelligence Agency (Dia), Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants; Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
50 U.S.C. 3510
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Institutions of Higher Education for workforce development in intelligence and national security curricula areas. The applicant institution must be a regionally accredited college, university or other four-year degree-granting institution in the U.S., its territories or possessions, that provides post-secondary school courses of study. The following types of under-resources IHE are encouraged to apply for the IC CAE support as public or private IHEs: AAPIS AIANS HSIS HBCUS PBIS TCCUS
Beneficiary Eligibility
Undergraduate and graduate students IHEs Intelligence Community General Public
Award is subject to: 1) receipt of applicable/acceptable certifications and representations; 2) having a current registration in the System for Award Management (SAM) (; 3), the applicant, its principals, proposed subrecipients/subrecipient principals not appearing in SAM Exclusions as currently debarred, suspended, or otherwise ineligible; and 4) meeting other requirements specified in the agency announcements. Curriculum Vitae of Principal Investigators and co-Investigators
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards.
Award Procedure
A Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is advertised on Applications are submitted by varied educational institutions. Applications will be evaluated on a merit basis and in accordance with the Merit Evaluation Table listed in the FOA. The merit criteria are components approved by the IC CAE Senior Advisory Board to guide the evaluation. A technical merit review of the applications is done by a Source Selection Evaluation Board for consideration. The Board is composed of Senior representatives from IC agencies. A determination is made based on the highest score. Those institutions are contacted by grants personnel to negotiate assistance agreement. An assistance agreement is executed by the Grants Office. The award is signed bilaterally by the institution and the Grants Officer.
Not applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
365 days past submission of proposal.
Not applicable.
Grants are given on a base year plus four optional years basis. The grants will be renewed at the government's option on an annual basis.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
Curriculum Development - Intelligence/National Security Related Curricula Language Study Program/Courses - Languages of Interest to the Intelligence Community Ethic and Cultural Diversity Build Consortium Facilitate Student Participation in On-Campus Academic Programs and Professional Development Activities Students Study Abroad, Cultural Immersion and Regional Studies Opportunities Faculty Research and Professional Development in Support of Teaching an Intelligence or National Security Curriculum Host Annual Colloquiums or Speaker Series on Intelligence and National Security Topics
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Yearly monitoring of progress is done.
Not applicable.
Record keeping requirements are in accordance with the terms and conditions of the award, which will include appropriate provisions related to recipient records that are required by the DoD Grant and Agreements Regulations (DoDGARs).
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
5-years; Base year plus four optional years. On a reimbursement basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Tonia R. B. Smith
Defense Intelligence Agency, ADI4A
200 MacDill Blvd.
Joint Base Bolling Anacostia
Washington, DC 20340 US
Phone: 2022314457
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 18$14,015,447.00; FY 19 est $2,892,361.00; FY 20 est $0.00; FY 17$3,916,608.00; FY 16$3,250,911.00; - FY18 estimate is to renew optional years for existing grants & awarded 5 new Critical Technology Studies Program grants. FY20 - IC CAE Program transitioning to ODNI
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
$250,000 - $300,000 per year
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The DoDGARS (as updated through DoD's interim implementation of 2 CFR part 200 which can be found at 2 CFR part 1103) applies to DoD grants and cooperative agreements.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


Federal Grants Resources