Information Security Grants

The Department of Defense (DoD) Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP) was established, in accordance with provisions of Chapter 112, 'Information Security Scholarship Program,' of title 10, United States Code, added by Public Law 106-398, The National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal year
2001.

The purpose of the program is to increase the number of qualified students entering the cybersecurity field to meet the DoD's increasing dependence on information technology for war fighting and the security of its information infrastructure.



In addition, institutions of higher education designated as a NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education, NSA/DHS National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research, and/or National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operation (Hereinafter referred to as CAEs) may request modest support for building the institution's capacity for research and education in cybersecurity.

The DoD has determined two focus areas for this opportunity: Outreach to Academia and Outreach to DoD.
Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2014: No current projects supported.

FY2014 funding levels only allowed for the maintenance of previously selected students to continue pursuing their undergraduate degree in Cybersecurity.

Students were provided tuition, fees, a book stipend, as well as a recruitment students a living stipend (retention students do not receive the stipend because they receive their DoD salary.

Funding was not provided for research grants.

Fiscal Year 2015: Same as FY14: Only funding provided for student scholarships; no research grants will be awarded.

Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available


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.

Department of Defense National Security Agency Attn: E73 ( Ms. Alice Shaffer) 9800 Savage Road Suite 6804 Fort George G.

Meade, MD 20755-6804 Phone: 410-854-6206 E-mail: askIASP@nsa.gov.



Selected Recipients for this Program


RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Florida State University $ 291,312   2015-09-182016-09-18
Northeastern University $ 282,770   2015-09-182016-09-18
Mississippi State University $ 213,433   2015-09-172016-09-17
Regis University $ 179,435   2015-09-172016-09-17
University Of California, Irvine $ 285,854   2015-09-172016-09-17
University Of Houston System $ 130,806   2015-09-162016-09-16
North Carolina Agricultural And Technical State University $ 292,750   2015-09-162016-09-16
Rochester Institute Of Technology (inc) $ 171,061   2015-09-152016-09-15
University Of Pittsburgh The $ 264,553   2015-09-152016-09-15
Hampton University $ 187,020   2015-09-152016-09-15



Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2014: Funding provided was enough to support the current students in the program. No new scholarships or capacity building grants were awarded. Fiscal Year 2015: The DoD IASP is again in a maintenance status, with no new scholarships or capacity building grants being awarded. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

Summer salary, professional travel, publishing costs, bachelor, graduate and doctoral student support, postdoctoral support, and conference support in support of the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Investigators must be an employee of a U.S.

college or university.

The principal investigator and supported graduate students must be a U.

S.

citizen or a permanent resident of the United States.

Students eligibility for scholarships will determined under the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Beneficiary Eligibility

This will benefit researchers in the information security field of computer science that are permanent residents of the United States (U.S.) as well as their students that are permanent residents of the U.S. or U.S. citizens. Scholarships will benefit those pursuing a Bachelor's, Master's or Doctoral Degree in one of the academic areas cited under the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program.

Credentials/Documentation

The grant recipient shall certify that individuals meet the eligibility requirements as detailed at the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program website located at http://cio-nii.defense.gov/sites/iasp2/about.html. OMB Circular No. A-87 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.

12372.

Application Procedures

OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. An annual request for proposals is issued to the designated CAEs each November for participation in the DoD Information Assurance Scholarship Program (IASP). Rising sophomore, junior, senior and graduate students accepted at or enrolled in, one of the CAEs may apply for full scholarships to complete a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree or graduate (post baccalaureate) certificate program in a relevant IA/IT discipline. Student application requirements are included in the solicitation released to the CAEs. For a listing of CAEs please go to: https://www.nsa.gov/ia/academic_outreach/nat_cae/institutions.shtml, https://www.iad.gov/NIETP/reports/cae_designated_instructions.cfm, and https://www.nsa.gov/academia/nat_cae_cyber_ops/nat_cae_co_centers.shtml Students should consult their CAEs for application procedures.

Award Procedures

The DoD IASP Executive Administrator provides each participating Component with a summary listing of all recruitment applicants. The listing includes each students academic major, GPA, projected degree and final graduation date; comments on the students knowledge, skills and attributes; and the CAE assessment rating. These proposals are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the IASP program.

Deadlines

Feb 28, 2016: Annually, the grant solicitation is issued each November with grant proposals due 28 February of the following year.

Authorization

National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) , Public Law 106-398, 10 U.S.C 2200-2200f.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 60 to 90 days. Generally within 3 months, but may be made at any time throughout the year for which funding is authorized.

Appeals

Not Applicable.

Renewals

Options for a second year of support may be proposed and if accepted, grants with these options may be exercised at the sole discretion of the government. In all other situations, only no-cost extensions will be allowed when work is not completed. Funds will remain.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Assistance funds are available for a period of up to 12 months, unless an option has been proposed and accepted for 12 additional months. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Funds are released upon receipt of an acceptable invoice by the Finance and Accounting Office, in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-110 and the General Provisions for NSA Grants and Cooperative Agreements attachment, which is provided with each awarded grant.

Post Assistance Requirements

Reports

Interim and final reports on the research or effort performed are required.

No cash reports are required.

Interim reports on the research or effort being performed are required.

Final expenditure reports are required detailing how the funds ere expended.

No performance monitoring is required.

Audits

In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), 'Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations,' nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133.

Records

Records shall be maintained in accordance with OMB Circulars A-110 and A-133, as appropriate.

Financial Information

Account Identification

97-0400-0-1-051.

Obigations

(Salaries) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

IASP Grants: $40,000.00 to $312,000.00 Average Award: $67,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Information on how to apply for the DoD IASP, please contact the DoD IASP Program Office at askIASP@nsa.gov or 410-854-6206.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices. Department of Defense National Security Agency Attn: E73 ( Ms. Alice Shaffer) 9800 Savage Road Suite 6804 Fort George G. Meade, MD 20755-6804 Phone: 410-854-6206 E-mail: askIASP@nsa.gov.

Headquarters Office

Diane I. Boyer 9800 Savage Road Suite 6623, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: diboyer@nsa.gov Phone: 443-479-7660

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The DoD IASP Executive Administrator provides each participating Component with a summary listing of all recruitment applicants. The listing includes each students academic major, GPA, projected degree and final graduation date; comments on the students knowledge, skills and attributes; and the CAE assessment rating. These proposals are peer reviewed and ranked according to their merit and how well they advance the goals of the IASP program.



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