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.

Agency - Department of Defense

The Department of Defense provides the military forces needed to deter war and protect the security of the United States through five major areas: peacekeeping and war-fighting efforts, Homeland Security, evacuation and humanitarian causes.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.

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

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Georgia State University Research Foundation, Inc. $ 586,548   2021-05-312022-11-20
University Of Arizona $ 600,000   2021-05-312022-05-30
New Mexico State University $ 469,180   2021-05-012022-04-30
Langston University $ 599,822   2021-05-012022-04-30
American Society For Engineering Education $ 79,599,999   2009-07-012014-07-30
American Society For Engineering Education $ 42,623,070   2012-07-012014-06-30
Wayne State University $ 1,960,137   2006-09-272011-09-26
American Society For Engineering Education $ 7,896,265   2009-02-122009-05-31
American Society For Engineering Education $ 9,717,500   2007-09-252009-01-31
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: 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. Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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.

Qualifications are specified in detail in the application on

Eligibility Requirements

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.


See application (e.g. proof of citizentship, official transcripts, proof of enrollment in an accredited college or university). 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

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

Award Procedures

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection process and availability of funds.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


SMART Defense Education Program, Public Law 109-163, 119 Stat. 3448, 10 U.S.C 2192a.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. This program has no matching requirements. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Eligible individuals may receive a SMART scholarship from one to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Varies depending on type of assistance.

Post Assistance Requirements


Quarterly and Annual Programmatic Reports.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Participant reports are required.

Quarterly and Annual Financial Reports (SF-425).

Participant performance reports are required (see program details).


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


Described in the terms and conditions of any ensuing award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $27,000,000; FY 17 est $30,000,000; and FY 18 est $35,000,000 - 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

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. 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

Headquarters Office

Andrew L. Fiske 800 Park Office Drive, Suite 4229, Research Triangle Park, North Carolina 27709 Email: Phone: (919) 549-4338

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

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.

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