Department of Education Invites Applications under the "Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges"
The Department of Education has announced it is inviting applications for new awards for Fiscal Year 2018 for the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE)--Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges. The Department has identified $990,000 for investment with a projected ten awards.
Applications are due by August 30.
The Pilot Program for Cybersecurity Education Technological Upgrades for Community Colleges is designed to support projects at institutions of higher education (IHEs) that provide technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges.
The solicitation includes one absolute priority. The Department is establishing this priority for the FY 2018 grant competition, and any subsequent year in which it makes awards from the list of unfunded applications from this competition. This priority is: Collaboration.
The National Science Foundation's Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Program has awarded large grants to three community colleges to operate centers that support the improvement of cybersecurity education at community colleges around the Nation. Those centers are the National CyberWatch Center, based at Prince George's Community College (Largo, MD); the CyberWatch West Center, based at Whatcom Community College (Bellingham, WA); and the Center for Systems Security and Information Assurance (CSSIA), based at Moraine Valley Community College (Palos Hills, IL). Those centers coordinate a large network of affiliated institutions, including more than 100 community colleges.
To build on the experience and ongoing initiatives of the ATE Program, this priority requires applicants to collaborate with an ATE Program center. An eligible applicant must propose to lead a project to provide technological upgrades for cybersecurity education programs at community colleges that leverages the expertise of the National Science Foundation's ATE Program.
Each eligible applicant must include a signed statement by an authorized official from at least one of the three ATE Program centers: the National CyberWatch Center, the CyberWatch West Center, or CSSIA. The signed statement must certify that the center or centers will provide technical assistance or other aid to the Note: It is not required for a community college to have an existing relationship with an ATE Program center to meet this absolute priority.