Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP)


This program promotes cybersecurity education at multiple grade levels, and is intended to do so in multiple U.S. States; supports a coordinated effort to engage students early in their academic careers with a cybersecurity research group; provides a mechanism whereby cybersecurity education is available not only in the form of the formal education of students, but in the training of their teachers; increases the number of U.S. teachers with an interest in, knowledge of, and access to cybersecurity educational materials, increases the number of students affected by cybersecurity knowledge, and develops at an early stage students’ interest in the cybersecurity career field. This program aligns with Mission 4 (Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace) and addresses Goal 4.2 (Promote Cybersecurity Knowledge and Innovation) of the Department of Homeland Security Quadrennial Homeland Security Review. This program also addresses a priority area implemented by Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8 ( through its alignment with the campaign to build and sustain national preparedness. The program provides Federal financial assistance toward community-based efforts to increase knowledge of cybersecurity topics and encourage interest in cybersecurity as an academic pursuit and as a professional career.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Cyber Discovery 2.0 had teachers attending 6 professional development workshops before leading their teams in the week-long challenges. Cyber Discovery 2.0 Workshop locations included: Louisiana Tech University (Louisiana), University of Baltimore (Maryland), Portland State University (Oregon), University of Central Arkansas (Arkansas), Eastern Michigan University (Michigan), and the Colorado School of Mines (Colorado). Louisiana Tech University (Louisiana) hosted two Cyber Discovery camps as part of their role in the National Integrated Cyber Education Research Center test bed. Cyber Discovery teacher professional development impacted 132 teachers and 1,349 teachers through Teacher Curricula Professional Development. Total teacher impacted were 1,481. Through Cyber Discovery, 396 students were direct impacts and 16,104 were indirect impact. Through curricula professional development, there were 164,578 impacted indirectly, totaling 181,078 students impacted.

During the 2014-2015 academic years, the Cyber Innovations Center (CIC) team has been shifting its focus from content creation to implementation. During the summer of 2014, the team piloted several teacher workshops in Shreveport, Louisiana; Tampa, Florida; and San Antonio, Texas, in preparation of a more robust roll-out effort during the summer of 2015. These efforts coincide with the strategic planning discussions previously conducted with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) program personnel and the timing of content development and release.

December 2014, the NICERC team partnered with California State University at San Bernardino and Girls Scouts of San Gorgonio to host “A Day of Cyber,” a workshop designed for 300 middle and high school girls from the San Bernardino area. The workshop centered on the STEM EDA Glider module and included a drone demonstration and hacker obstacle course. The following day, the NICERC team hosted a STEM EDA professional development workshop on California State University San Bernardino’s campus for thirty-three middle school teachers from the region. Teachers who attended the workshop gained access to the STEM EDA curriculum to implement in their classrooms.

In an effort to continue the rapid dissemination of its cyber curriculum and professional development offering, the NICERC team continues to submit white papers to state and national conferences that focus on K-12 teachers. Conferences attended include the following: Oregon Science Teachers’ Association, Louisiana Association of Teachers of Mathematics/Louisiana Science Teachers Association Joint Conference, Tennessee Science Teachers Association and the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Conference.

During the annual NICE Conference, the Cyber Innovation Center was a keynote speaker and panelist during multiple presentations providing a great opportunity to showcase its cyber professional development programs and its relationship with DHS. Through this event, the CIC was able to make great connections with fellow educators and build relationships that will prove valuable in the future. For example, the CIC will host a professional development workshop in Alabama and Oklahoma based on the relationships established at the NICE conference. Fiscal Year 2015: Following an extensive review on the four (4) pilot STEM EDA workshops, the NICERC team, subject matter experts, and university faculty have critiqued, refined, and polished the workshop for a full roll-out in December 2014. In the refining, NICERC developed multi-disciplinary, project-driven workshops aimed at not only enhancing students’ understanding in STEM disciplines, but also engaging more students in cyber to increase cyber awareness, expand the cyber interstate, and evolve the cyber workforce.

2015 STEM EDA Workshop Locations
Dates / Location / Teachers
Dec. 18 San Bernardino, CA 30-45
Feb. 5-6Mandeville, LA 110-150
MarchTulsa, OK50-75
Jun. 1-5Ashville, NC75-100
Jun. 15-19St. Paul, MN75-150
Jun. 22-26Conway, AR50-75
Jul. 7-9Huntsville, AL110-150
Jul. 13-17Shreveport, LA100-150
Jul. 27-31Syracuse, NY75-100
Aug. 3-7Baltimore, MD75-100

Spotlighted Modules
NICERC has placed a greater emphasis on cyber to engage more students in cyber awareness, expand the cyber interstate, and evolve the cyber workforce. To fully complement the multi-disciplinary, project- driven curriculum and to satisfy the need for enhancing students’ understanding in STEM disciplines, NICERC has strategically chosen four (4) modules to spotlight in our workshops moving forward. The result will be a greater emphasis on cyber while maintaining the framework of the engineering and design process. The following modules (number of modules chosen based on time and region) will be offered to workshop partners:
Egg Drop - The Egg Drop module introduces the engineering design process. This is a good module to start with due to the high familiarity with the egg drop concept. However, NICERC’s module introduces more of a strategic approach and in-depth analysis of the parts of the engineering design process.

Electricity – Electricity lessons are commonly taught in current middle school science curriculum. NICERC’s Electricity module showcases how the curriculum and content can modular or stand-alone as each module can be integrated into existing classroom study very easily. The Electricity module has a primary role in STEM EDA workshop as it draws a direct connection to cyber security and cyber infrastructure.

Music – This is a great module that not only highlights the integration of liberal arts but also has a strong math component. This module introduces cyber security, cyber hygiene, encryption, and classified documents.

Cyber Programming – This module showcases programming and networking framework as well as introduces website design and fosters an appreciation for cyber security.

Total Impact

As illustrated in the 2015 locations table, NICERC is forecasted to offer STEM EDA professional development workshops in 10+ states: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Louisiana, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, and Oklahoma. Workshop dates in other states and regions continue to be scheduled. The goal is for over 1,000 teachers to go through the STEM EDA workshop this year. When achieved, NICERC will have directly influenced over 122,000 students across the country. Fiscal Year 2016: Monthly Middle School Teacher Professional Development Workshops
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Quarterly Middle School Teacher Professional Development Workshops:
•Regional workshop hosted in a r Professio

Summer Middle School Teacher Professional Development Workshops:

•Targeted at school district or multiple school districts. Seed activity in a new community.

High School Teacher Professional Development Forums:

•Regional ol Teacher Professional Development Forumsricts. Seed activity in a new community.ional Development Forums and one National High School profession

Regional High School Professional Development Forums:

•Northwest Fall 2016
•Midwest Spring 2017

National High School Professional Development Summer Conference (Education Discovery Forum)

•Atlanta, GA July 2017

Cyber Discovery Locations:
•Louisiana Tech University (LA)
•University of Baltimore (MD)
•Portland State University (OR)
•University of Central Arkansas (AR)
•Eastern Michigan University (MI)
•Georgia Gwinnett College (GA)
•Colorado School of Mines (CO).
Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2014, Public Law 113-76, III U.S.C F.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcements.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Refer to program guidance.
No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application deadline and other information are contained in the funding opportunity announcements.
Award Procedure
Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in an application will be negotiated with the successful applicants prior to an award being issued.
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to the funding opportunity announcement.
Not Applicable.
Subject to future appropriations.
How are proposals selected?
Refer to the funding opportunity announcements for information on criteria for selecting proposals.
How may assistance be used?
Restricted to supporting the development and implementation of cybersecurity-related training programs to engage teachers and students by a coordinated effort. Additional information concerning uses and restrictions is contained in the funding opportunity announcement. Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective. Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions. See the funding opportunity announcement for any restrictions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Refer to program guidance. Cash reports are not applicable. Quarterly “Progress Reports” must include the progress of each sub-grant award. Expenditure reports are not applicable. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.
Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Refer to the funding opportunity announcements. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: annual.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices.
Headquarters Office
Shawn Pindell 245 Murray Ln., SW, Bldg 410, Stop 0640, Washington, District of Columbia 20528-0640 Email: Phone: 703-235-5282
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries) FY 14 $5,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 est $1,500,000
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Refer to the funding opportunity announcements.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations (2 CFR Part 215), A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (2 CFR Part 220), A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (2 CFR Part 230), and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedure.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not Applicable.


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