Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Program: Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART)

 

To increase the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Active
Program Number
12.631
Federal Agency/Office
Office of The Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2015 To increase the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce. Increased the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and increased the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce.
Fiscal Year 2014 Increased the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and increased the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce.
Fiscal Year 2016 To increase the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce. During FY2016, the total number of scholars that are not DoD employees was 500.
Fiscal Year 2017 During FY2017, the total number of scholars that are not DoD employees is 750.
Authorization
SMART Defense Education Program, Public Law 109-163, 10 U.S.C. 2192a, Statute 119,3448
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Subject to language in any announcement for competitive procedures.
Beneficiary Eligibility
All applicants for scholarships must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field. Applicants participate in internships at DoD laboratories. Participants will be required to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance. Upon completion of their degree, applicants are expected to work full-time for the DoD.
Credentials/Documentation
See application (e.g. proof of citizentship, official transcripts, proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university).
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. The application procedures for scholarships can be found at www.smartscholarship.org.
Award Procedure
Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection process and availability of funds.
Deadlines
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days.
Appeals
Not applicable.
Renewals
Not applicable.
How are proposals selected?
Selection for beneficiaries is based on merit including (1) academic record and potential to succeed in their proposed study; (2) additional supporting documentation; and (3) commitment to Federal service and availability of funds
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance through scholarships provided to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning, e.g., university, college, etc.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Reporting
Performance Reports: Participant performance reports are required (see program details).
Auditing
Not applicable.
Records
Described in the terms and conditions of any ensuing 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
Eligible individuals may receive a SMART scholarship from one to five years. Varies depending on type of assistance.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
The Program Office is the STEM Development Office within the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense, Research and Engineering (OASD(R&E)). Information on scholarships can be found at www.smartscholarship.org.
Headquarters Office
Andrew L. Fiske
800 Park Office Drive, Suite 4229
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709 US
andrew.l.fiske.civ@mail.mil
Phone: (919) 549-4338
Financial Information
Account Identification
97-0400-0-1-120
Obligations
(Project Grants) FY 17$30,000,000.00; FY 18 est $35,000,000.00; FY 19 est $30,419,552.00; FY 16$27,000,000.00; FY 15$2,576,362.00; FY 14 est $10,000,000.00; - These figures are for scholarships to non-DoD personnel.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
See above.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Please view the website at www.smartscholarship.org.
Examples of Funded Projects
Not applicable.

 



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