Information Security Grants

 

The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) was established, in accordance with provisions of Chapter 112, "Information Security Scholarship Program," of title 10, United States Code, added by Public Law 106-398, The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year 2001. The purpose of the program is to increase the number of qualified students entering the cybersecurity field to meet the DoD's increasing dependence on information technology for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure.

In addition, institutions of higher education designated as a NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and/or National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operation (Hereinafter referred to as CAEs) may request modest support for building the institution's capacity for research and education in cybersecurity. The DoD has determined two focus areas for this opportunity: Outreach to Academia and Outreach to DoD.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
12.902
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: National Security Agency
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
PROJECT GRANTS
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Funding provided was enough to support the current students in the program. No new scholarships or capacity building grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: The DoD IASP is again in a maintenance status, with no new scholarships or capacity building grants being awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Authorization
National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) , Public Law 106-398, 10 U.S.C 2200-2200f.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Investigators must be an employee of a U.S. college or university. The principal investigator and supported graduate students must be a U. S. citizen or a permanent resident of the United States. Students eligibility for scholarships will determined under the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Beneficiary Eligibility
This will benefit researchers in the information security field of computer science that are permanent residents of the United States (U.S.) as well as their students that are permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens. Scholarships will benefit those pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral Degree in one of the academic areas cited under the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
Credentials/Documentation
The grant recipient shall certify that individuals meet the eligibility requirements as detailed at the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program website located at http://cio-nii.defense.gov/sites/iasp2/about.html. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. An annual request for proposals is issued to the designated CAEs each November for participation in the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). Rising sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students accepted at or enrolled in, one of the CAEs may apply for full scholarships to complete a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree or graduate (post baccalaureate) certificate program in a relevant IA/IT discipline. Student application requirements are included in the solicitation released to the CAEs. For a listing of CAEs please go to:
https://www.nsa.gov/ia/academic_outreach/nat_cae/institutions.shtml,
https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/reports/cae_designated_instructions.cfm, and
https://www.nsa.gov/academia/nat_cae_cyber_ops/nat_cae_co_centers.shtml

Students should consult their CAEs for application procedures.
Award Procedure
The DoD IASP Executive Administrator provides each participating Component with a summary listing of all recruitment applicants. The listing includes each students academic major, GPA, projected degree and final graduation date; comments on the students knowledge, skills and attributes; and the CAE assessment rating. These proposals are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the IASP program.
Deadlines
Feb 28, 2016: Annually, the grant solicitation is issued each November with grant proposals due 28 February of the following year.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days. Generally within 3 months, but may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.
Appeals
Not Applicable.
Renewals
Options for a second year of support may be proposed and if accepted, grants with these options may be exercised at the sole discretion of the government. In all other situations, only no-cost extensions will be allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.
How are proposals selected?
The DoD IASP Executive Administrator provides each participating Component with a summary listing of all recruitment applicants. The listing includes each students academic major, GPA, projected degree and final graduation date; comments on the students knowledge, skills and attributes; and the CAE assessment rating. These proposals are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the IASP program.
How may assistance be used?
Summer salary, professional travel, publishing costs, bachelor, graduate and doctoral student support, postdoctoral support, and conference support in support of the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Interim and final reports on the research or effort performed are required. No cash reports are required. Interim reports on the research or effort being performed are required. Final expenditure reports are required detailing how the funds ere expended. No performance monitoring is required.
Auditing
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.
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.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
Assistance funds are available for a period of up to 12 months, unless an option has been proposed and accepted for 12 additional months. See the following for information 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 attachment, which is provided with each awarded grant.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
See Regional Agency Offices. Department of Defense
National Security Agency
Attn: E73 ( Ms. Alice Shaffer)
9800 Savage Road
Suite 6804
Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6804
Phone: 410-854-6206
E-mail: askIASP@nsa.gov.
Headquarters Office
Diane I. Boyer 9800 Savage Road
Suite 6623, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: diboyer@nsa.gov Phone: 443-479-7660
Website Address
http://cio-nii.defense.gov/sites/iasp2/index.html
Financial Information
Account Identification
97-0400-0-1-051.
Obligations
(Salaries) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
IASP Grants: $40,000.00 to $312,000.00 Average Award: $67,000.00.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Information on how to apply for the DoD IASP, please contact the DoD IASP Program Office at askIASP@nsa.gov or 410-854-6206.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: No current projects supported. FY2014 funding levels only allowed for the maintenance of previously selected students to continue pursuing their undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity. Students were provided tuition, fees, a book stipend, as well as a recruitment students a living stipend (retention students do not receive the stipend because they receive their DoD salary. Funding was not provided for research grants. Fiscal Year 2015: Same as FY14: Only funding provided for student scholarships; no research grants will be awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

 



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