Grant Opportunity: October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), sponsored by the National Cybersecurity Alliance. First initiated in 2003, the purpose of NCSAM is to foster safe cybersecurity habits to protect personal privacy, reduce cyber fraud, and maintain a safe, secure internet for all users. NSF offers funding for a range of projects through the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program.
- CORE: This designation is the main focus of the SaTC research program, spanning the interests of NSF's Directorates for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), Engineering (ENG), Mathematical and Physical Sciences (MPS), and Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences (SBE). Topics for CORE proposals may include, but are not limited to, the following: Authentication & Access Control, Applied or Theoretical Cryptography, Cyber Physical Systems, Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, Data Science, Language-based Security, Hardware Security Architecture or Design, Human-Centric Computing, Information Authenticity, Intrusion Detection, Mathematics/ Statistics, Wired & Wireless Networking, Applied and Theoretical Privacy, Social/ Behavioral and Economic Sciences, Software, and Systems.
- EDU: The Education (EDU) designation will be used to label proposals focusing entirely on cybersecurity education. EDU supports projects that: improve cybersecurity learning and learning environments, conduct education research, develop new educational materials and methods of instruction, develop new assessment tools to measure student learning, promote teacher recruitment and training in the field of cybersecurity, and improve the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce. In addition to innovative work at the frontier of cybersecurity education, the program also encourages replications of research studies at different types of institutions and with different student bodies to produce deeper knowledge about the effectiveness and transferability of findings.
- TTP: The Transition to Practice (TTP) designation will be used to label proposals that are focused exclusively on transitioning existing research results to practice. The TTP program seeks to mature technologies that have been validated in a lab or have shown promise as a proof of concept but have not been evaluated or deployed in operation. A TTP project should bridge the gap between research and production via technology maturation and is not intended for pure operational support.
Eligibility: IHEs (i.e. universities, four-year colleges, and/or two-year colleges) and non-profit, non-academic organizations (museums, research laboratories, professional research associations)
Grant Amounts and Periods: Awards and grant periods vary in range based on their size, scope, and program focus.
- EDU projects last up to 3 years with a maximum award of $400,000
- Small projects last up to 3 years with a maximum award of $500,000
- Medium projects last up to 4 years with awards ranging $500,001 - $1,200,000
- Large Projects (CORE proposals that are not classified as TTP or EDU projects) last up to 5 years with awards ranging $1,200,001 - $3,000,000
- Submission window for Small, Medium, and EDU project is October 1, 2020 - September 31, 2021
- Submission window for Large proposals is January 21 - January 29, 2021
For more information: Click here to view the full SaTC program solicitation.
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