GenCyber Grants Program

 

The GenCyber program was established to focus on the critical need to develop cybersecurity-related STEM awareness and education for K-12 students and teachers across the nation. The goal is to increase the number of students interested in entering the cybersecurity field to meet the increasing demands of the Nation’s cyber workforce.

GenCyber is executed through a set of summer camps for students, teachers, or both, with content that focuses on cyber awareness and cyber foundations such as threats, threat actors, sound design and programming practices.

The NSA GenCyber grants program seeks to:
1)Increase diversity and interest in cybersecurity and career in the cybersecurity workforce of the Nation.
2)Help all students understand correct and safe on-line behavior.
3)Improve teaching methods for delivering cybersecurity content for K-12 curricula.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
12.903
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: National Security Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: GenCyber Program Proto-type year – Funding provided by National Science Foundation (NSF) supported 6 GenCyber Camps via NSF Grants. Fiscal Year 2015: GenCyber Pilot Year - Funding provided helped to support 43 GenCyber Camps via National Science Foundation (NSF) Grants. Additional NSF Funding was required to support the program. Fiscal Year 2016: GenCyber is expanding and anticipates the number of camps to increase. It is anticipated that at least 200 proposals will be received and 60 will be granted.
Authorization
10 U.S.C 2192(b).
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Must be a U.S. college or University, a public or private school or school system, or a not-for-profit educational institution.

The principal investigator and program staff must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Program eligibility will be determined under the GenCyber Program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Must be a U.S. college or University, a public or private school or school system, or a not-for-profit educational institution.

The principal investigator and program staff must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States. Program eligibility will be determined under the GenCyber Program.
Credentials/Documentation
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. OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program.

An annual request for proposals is issued and posted to the GenCyber webpage (www.gen-cyber.com). Guidelines and requirements for submitting a proposal are outlined on the webpage at the time of the request. Principal investigators submit proposals for the support of conducting a GenCyber program electronically per the guidelines posted via http://gen-cyber.com.
Award Procedure
The reviewing and ranking of the proposals are performed by an evaluation team of Subject Matter Experts with experience in K-12 pedagogy and cybersecurity expertise. The DoD GenCyber Program team will review the recommendations of the evaluation team and determine which submissions will receive support together with the amount of support to be provided. The DoD will award to the offers whose proposals offer the best value in terms of quality of the program, diversity plans, cost per camp, cost per student, curriculum, outreach engagement, and geographic dispersion. Notification will be provided to all institutions that submitted proposal of the final decision regarding their submission. Subsequent to this notification, funds will be provided in a timely manner, contingent upon appropriation and authorization by Congress, the NSA Grants office, for processing of a Grant Award. APPLICANTS SHOULD NOT MAKE ANY EXPENDITURE PRIOR TO RECEIPT OF A GRANT AWARD DOCUMENT FROM THE NSA GRANTS OFFICE.
Deadlines
Nov 18, 2015 to Dec 19, 2015
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Generally within 3 months of the receipt of the proposals.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Not Applicable.
How are proposals selected?
The DoD GenCyber Program team will review the recommendations of the evaluation team and determine which submissions will receive support together with the amount of support to be provided. The Government will award to the offers whose proposals offer the best value in terms of quality of the program, diversity plans, cost per camp, cost per student, curriculum, outreach engagement, and geographic dispersion. The Government reserves the right to partially fund any successful proposal based upon availability of funds.
How may assistance be used?
Grants funds must be used for allowable costs necessary to conduct a GenCyber program.
Funds may not be used for any purposes other than those approved in the grant award documents.

Costs associated with the developing and delivery of the GenCyber Program: Payroll, Benefits, Travel, Meals and Lodging, Facilities, Tuition and Fees, Classroom Supplies; Office/Administrative Supplies; Miscellaneous Supplies; Equipment; Third-party Services; Additional Project Expenses; Indirect Costs

GenCyber program attendees may not be charged to attend the program. Participation in the GenCyber program is FREE to all participants. Registration fees (even if refunded) may NOT be charged to the participants. The purchase of technology items is limited to $100 for students and $350 for teachers. This applies to any technology items that the student or teacher will take with at the conclusion of the program.

Students may not be given laptops or chromebooks to take with them at the conclusion of the program. Teachers may be provided with laptops or chromebooks to take with them at the conclusion of the program for the purpose of integrating materials and lessons into their classrooms.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Final report to include any updated cirriculum and/or lesson plans. No cash reports are required. No progress reports are required. No expenditure reports are required. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
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.
Records
Records shall be maintained in accordance with OMB Circulars A-110 and A-133, as appropriate.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
This program has no statutory formula.
This program has no matching requirements.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance funds are available for a period of up to 12 months. See the following on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released upon receipt of an acceptable invoice by the Finance and Accounting Office, in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-110 and the General Provisions for NSA Grants and Cooperative Agreements attached, which is provided with each awarded grant. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: No more than 50% of the total award cost can be invoiced at time of award. After initial funds are received, invoicing may be submitted as costs are incurred.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Department of Defense
National Security Agency
Attn: EO (Ms. Tina Ladabouche)
9800 Savage Road
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6804
Phone: 410-854-1947.
Headquarters Office
Colleen M. Rooney 9800 Savage Road, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: cmroone@radium.ncsc.mil Phone: 4434791775
Website Address
No Data Available
Financial Information
Account Identification
97-0100-0-1-051.
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Separately Identifiable; FY 15 est $600,000; and FY 16 est $1,400,000 - 2015 funds were combined with National Science Foundation (NSF) funds for the 2015 GenCyber Program. The 2016 GenCyber Program will be funded primarily with NSA funds.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
No Data Available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information on how to apply for grants is located at www.gen-cyber.com under the Proposal section or contact the GenCyber Program Office at 410-854-1947
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: GenCyber is a completed new initiative/program.

GenCyber program was funded by National Science Foundation (NSF) and supported 6 GenCyber Camps. Fiscal Year 2015: GenCyber Program Pilot year funding was provided by NSF and the National Security Agency to fund 43 GenCyber Camps via NSF Grants. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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