Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence


The Intelligence Community Centers for Academic Excellence (IC CAE Program) is a Congressionally mandated program to promote the acquisition of diverse, competitive talent in concert with the U.S. IC's Human Capital Vision 2020. The legislation that established the program emphasized increasing the gender and ethnic diversity of the IC workforce. Therefore, the IC CAE Program is especially interested in institutions with diverse populations of talent and in geographically diverse (rural) locations to include minority serving institutions and underrepresented institutions. The IC CAE Programs FY22 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) was comprised of ten focus areas, referred to as "Objectives" within the Funding Opportunity Announcement. Applicants are required to respond to these Objectives in their proposal, and selected awardees must demonstrate incremental progress towards achieving these objectives in their progress reporting. These objectives include (1) Curriculum Development, (2) Language of Interest Courses Available, (3) Mission of Ethnic, Cultural & Geographical Diversity, (4) Consortium, (5) Student Participation in Academic Programs and Professional Development Activities, (6) Cultural Immersion, Study Abroad, and Regional Studies, (7) Faculty Research and Professional Development in Support of Teaching to Chosen Curriculum Pathway, (8) Host an Annual Colloquium or Speaker Series in Collaboration with Subrecipients, (9) Use of Grant Funds to Create Scholarships with IC CAE Scholars who are Juniors, Seniors, and Graduate Students, (10) Establish and Maintain IC CAE Program Management, Marketing and Sustainment Action Plans. These objectives could change with future announcements.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Director of National Intelligence
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Z - Salaries and Expenses
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
The Intelligence Authorization Act ( IAA) for Fiscal Year 2010 codified the IC CAE Program to authorize the Director of National Intelligence to carry out grant programs to enhance the recruitment and retention of an ethnically and culturally diverse IC workforce with capabilities critical to the national security interests of the United States., Title The Intelligence Authorization Act (IAA) for Fiscal Year 2010, Part Intelligence Officer Training Program, Section 1024
The 2019 IAA provided updated language and additional committee requirements, Title The Intelligence Authorization Act ( IAA) for Fiscal Year 2019, Part Leveraging Academic Institutions in the Intelligence Community, Section N/A
Intelligence Officer Training Program U.S.C. 50 U.S.C. 3224
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
The applicant (lead) institution should be a minority-serving or underrepresented institution or be part of a consortium model comprised of minority/underrepresented institutions. In addition, the lead 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 postsecondary courses of study. Minority Serving institutions ( MSls) as defined by the Department of Education: A minority institution that is consistent with Part E of the higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1067(k), is an IHE whose enrollment of a single minority or a combination of minorities exceeds 50% of the total enrollment. Under Part F of the higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1067(q), the following institutions are eligible to receive funds under that section. Such institutions are encouraged to apply for IC CAE support as a public or private IHE to include: Alaskan Native or Native Hawaiian Serving Institutions (ANNHSls), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPlSls), Historically Black colleges or Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions ( I-ISIS), Native American Serving Nontribal Institutions (NASNls), Predominantly Black Institutions (PBls), tribal Colleges or Universities (TCUs) and Underrepresented Institutions as defined by the Department of Education: Consistent with Part E of the Higher Education Act, 20 U.S.C. 1067(k). Consortium: The lead institution must be part of a consortium with institutions that meet the eligibility requirements as defined in Section Ill, A.1.3 The consortium partnership should be determined in a manner that promotes diversity and the overall mission of the grant. This FOA refers to these consortia members as "subrecipients". Community College: A community college can participate if is partnered with a four year regionally accredited institution as a consortium member of the four-year regionally accredited lead institution, which grants at least baccalaureate degrees, and which will serve as the prime awardee recipient. The Principle Investigator (PI) must be a U.S. citizen, and be an employee and faculty of the lead institution. Additional Criteria is detailed in the FOA, under "Other Eligibility Criteria".
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
All accredited Institutes of Higher Education (IHE), four-year colleges and universities, in the United States are eligible to serve as the applicant (lead) institution. The Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) is the body responsible for accreditation ( 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. The merit review of proposals is anticipated to take two months but may be extended based on the number of proposals received.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. The FOA will be published on and may also be obtainable through the ODNI website. Applicants will be instructed how to submit their proposals and what to include in their application.
Award Procedure
The grants will be competitively awarded through a merit review process. Intelligence community stakeholders will review the proposals and document findings. Final selection will be approved by a senior official. The ODNI Grants Officer will issue the Federal financial assistance.
December 11, 2023 to February 9, 2024 Future FOAs will be issued via The next FOA is estimated to be released in the December 2023 - February 2024 time frame. Sixty days will be allowed for proposal submittal. Awards are estimated to be made in quarter three or quarter four of fiscal year 2024.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 60 to 90 days.
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How are proposals selected?
The criteria for selecting proposals will be detailed in the FOA. These will include the eligibility of the applicant and will correlate to the ten objectives listed earlier in this notice.
How may assistance be used?
Assistance may be used to build an IC CAE program as described herein.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: The lead institution shall submit annual performance reports for each grant year and a comprehensive final program performance report, with a cumulative SF-298. Reports shall be submitted no later than 120 days after the conclusion of each period of performance.
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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
The last FOA was posted in April 2022 and awards issued in September 2022. The grants were issued for a period of nine years (one-year base, four one-year optional periods and 4 optional "sustainment" periods). Funding given per year, must be spent in that year. All recipients must provide a detailed expenditure report quarterly. There was no FOA in FY23 with the intent to post the next FOA in FY24. Award/release is subject to an annual appropriations act. Funding will generally be provided as a lump sum annually unless it is determined that the awardee should be provided funds on a quarterly basis.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Maylily Le
Office of the Director of National Intelligence
Washington, DC 20511 USA
Phone: 703-275-2948
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Salaries and Expenses) FY 22$3,600,000.00; FY 23 est $3,600,000.00; FY 24 Estimate Not Available FY 21$3,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Not applicable/available.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
The ODNI, IC CAE public facing website is:
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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