Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP)
Presidential Policy Directive 21 requires the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to serve as the focal point for the security of cyberspace. Within DHS, the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) works to enhance the security, resiliency, and reliability of the Nation?s cyber and communications infrastructure. The CISA Cybersecurity Education and Awareness Branch (CE&A) manages programs to develop the highly-skilled cybersecurity professionals needed to secure the nation?s cyber infrastructure and information systems. Consequently, CE&A is seeking to make an investment to promote cybersecurity education and career awareness for elementary, middle, and high school students and their teachers. Additionally, to optimize and expand existing cybersecurity education programs, a comprehensive engagement strategy is needed to reach those K-12 educators. By investing in the number of young people who will benefit from cybersecurity education and awareness, the return on investment will be multiplied. Increasing the number of graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines is key to the success of our nation. Furthermore, the recruitment and retention of individuals with these skills is an important element in the development of our Nation?s cybersecurity workforce. Objectives CISA, through the Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP), seeks to implement a Cyber-Integrated Curricular Model (CICM), which will accomplish the following goals: Goal 1: Expand awareness of national cybersecurity education and workforce issues. Goal 2: Encourage entry into cybersecurity academic programs and careers through hands-on, engaging cybersecurity-integrated ready-to-use tools. Goal 3: Provide a portable curricular model to aid in replication throughout the United States. Goal 4: Offer the means to measure the long-term effects of teacher training in the use of the proposed curricular solution and its impact on students, including the number of teachers who are trained, the number of students they instruct, the number of students that choose to pursue cybersecurity-related STEM disciplines and cybersecurity professions, and define and track other key metrics. Goal 5: Develop and implement a comprehensive engagement strategy that enables DHS to reach an increasing number of K-12 stakeholders. Priorities 1. Expand the awareness of national cybersecurity education and workforce issues by: i. exposing students from across all 50 States, Washington D.C., and the US Territories to cyber-integrated curricula and increasing awareness of the cybersecurity profession; and, ii. exposing Elementary, Middle, and High School educators to the scope and depth of the program to aid them in gaining tools and techniques to advance their teaching capabilities. 2. Encourage entry into cybersecurity academic programs and careers by: i. exposing students to descriptions of cybersecurity careers aligned to the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Cybersecurity Workforce Framework, sample job roles and responsibilities and what a typical job entails; ii. exposing students to real-world cybersecurity professionals as examples of the career field, conveying to students how they can enter the cybersecurity career through academic and non-academic paths; and, iii. training teachers on the cybersecurity career fields and providing them with the tools and materials to instruct their students. 3. Provide a portable curricular model by: i. providing a template of materials such that the cyber-integrated curricula program elements can be adopted and taught elsewhere (to include the recruitment and logistics details); and, 4. Offer the means to measure the long-term effects of teacher training and its impact on students by: i. establishing metrics that track the impact to students over a 5 year time period; and, ii. providing the materials and means by which the teachers can provide feedback to DHS on how they are teaching subsequent students in the classroom. 5. Optimize and expand cybersecurity education programs by developing and implementing a comprehensive engagement strategy to reach K-12 educators by: i. drafting for DHS approval elementary, middle, and high school cybersecurity education engagement strategies including target audience(s), messaging and themes, metrics (including projected measurable increases in students pursuing cybersecurity) and a detailed implementation schedule; and, ii. upon DHS acceptance, executing the engagement strategy.
General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
National Protection and Programs Directorate, Department of Homeland Security
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Fiscal Year 2017
In the FY17 grant period, NICERC will continue to update the curricula to ensure curricular learning platforms are applicable to the workforce demands, as well as provide educators with the depth and breadth needed to ensure student understanding of cyber knowledge, skills, and abilities. A new learning platform will be added to the Cyber Literacy, Cyber Literacy 2, and Cyber Science courses to allow maximum versatility within the classroom. NICERC projects training approximately 3000 new teachers in the next grant period, with a combined total of approximately 4,650 teachers and over 1,000,000 students affected overall.Fiscal Year 2016
In the FY16 grant period, NICERC will continue to update the curricula, as well as develop new curricular offerings to include cyber-infused high school mathematics. The intent is to integrate cyber concepts into early high school-level mathematics material, while ensuring a logical flow of the course topics to engage the students and support their understanding of both mathematical and cyber concepts. NICERC projects training approximately 2500 new teachers in the next grant period, with a combined total of approximately 4,150 teachers and 520,000 students affected overall. In the FY16 grant period, NICERC continued evaluating the curricula for relevant application, as well as made significant progress in the develop of a new curricular offerings to include cyber-infused high school mathematics. The intent is to integrate cyber concepts into early high school-level mathematics material, while ensuring a logical flow of the course topics to engage the students and support their understanding of both mathematical and cyber concepts. In addition to the mathematics course, NICERC has begun working to build Cyber Society, a liberal arts course, as a full year-long course. By the end of FY16 grant, NICERC projects training 2,577 new teachers, with a combined total of 4,150 teachers and 676,842 students affected overall.Fiscal Year 2018
If funding levels continue, NICERC projects training approximately a greater number of new teachers in the next grant period compounding the number of students affected overall.
Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act of 2019, Part III, Public Law 116-6
Public Law 116-6 Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2019. Division A— Department of Homeland Security Appropriation Act, 2019. Title III, Protection, Preparedness, Response and Recovery, Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Nonprofits with 501(c)(3) IRS status, other than Institutions of higher education. Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcements.
Refer to program guidance.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
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.
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 location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Refer to the funding opportunity announcement.
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?
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 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
Refer to the funding opportunity announcements. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: annual.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA)
245 Murray Ln., SW
Washington, DC 20528 US
(Project Grants) FY 18$4,000,000.00; FY 19 est $4,300,000.00; FY 20 -
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.
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