National Defense Education Program


To obtain support for the management, development, implementation, evaluation, and furthering of new and existing partnerships between the Department of Defense and its National Defense Education Program (NDEP) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach activities, as well as STEM workforce development initiatives across the K through College continuum, to include skilled trades that do not require four-year degrees . The scope will cover all 50 states, U.S. territories, and DoDEA schools.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010., Title America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, Part a, Section 1
Improvement of education in technical fields: general authority regarding education in science, mathematics, and engineering U.S.C. 2192
Educational Partnerships U.S.C. 2194
Manufacturing Experts in the Classroom U.S.C. 2197
Department of Defense cooperative education programs U.S.C. 2195
Manufacturing Engineering Education Program U.S.C. 2196
Improvement of education in technical fields: grants for higher education in science and mathematics U.S.C. 2193
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Profit is not allowed.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Not applicable.
Applicants should reference the funding announcement on 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 not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. White papers are required. See funding opportunity for directions on white paper submission.
Award Procedure
After merit review is completed, awards will be negotiated, and POCs will be contacted.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
Not applicable.
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Not applicable.
How may assistance be used?
1. Develop, implement, recommend, manage, evaluate, and support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach programs, as well as workforce development initiatives aligned to DoD's National Defense Education Program (NDEP), and to the Federal STEM strategic plan. Partnerships between academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and local educational agencies are strongly encouraged. 2. Develop, implement, manage and evaluate programs that demonstrate the convergence of math across science and technology subject areas. 3. Develop and implement exploratory pilot programs that seek to create new educational experiences for students in STEM, especially those from underserved populations to include military connected students and schools 4. Develop larger cohesive STEM education and outreach activities that strengthen the capacity of regional/local communities and stakeholders to leverage partnerships. 5. Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate manufacturing engineering education program (MEEP) at various levels from pre-college, to collegiate levels of undergraduate and graduate that prepares participants for realistic job previews. 6. Develop activities that exposes participants to the necessary technical and problem solving skills for competency in cyber. 7. Encourage partnerships in the STEM ecosystem to develop and implement STEM education and outreach programs with a holistic approach to understanding real-world applications. 8. Develop trans-disciplinary activities which creates understanding of innovation entrepreneurship in the development of new technologies and technology transfer 9. Provide training, marketing and outreach videos. 10. Provide programmatic support to the NDEP STEM programs/initiatives for students, teachers, parents, and schools. 11. Informing K-College students of the possibility of a career in the STEM fields so as to insure that a viable workforce will be available from which DoD and the Nation can recruit future scientists and engineers.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual and end of award report
Not applicable.
Recipients are required to maintain records adequate to document costs incurred. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an agreement will be retained for a period of 3 years. The retention period starts from the date of the submission of the final expenditure report or, for grants that are renewed annually, from the date of the submission of the annual financial status report. The recipient will allow access to any pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the recipient organization and their sub-recipients to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts.
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 awards will be three-year duration by letter of credit. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Louie Lopez
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350 USA
Phone: 5713726715
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 18$0.00; FY 19 est $0.00; FY 20 est $26,000,000.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards will be 3-year at $3,000,000 total award amount for project period
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal STEM Strategic Plan DoD STEM Strategic Plan
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.


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