Cybersecurity Education and Training Assistance Program (CETAP)

This program promotes cybersecurity education at multiple grade levels, and is intended to do so throughout the United States; supports a coordinated effort to engage students early in their academic careers with a cybersecurity research group; provides a mechanism whereby cybersecurity education is
available not only in the form of the formal education of students, but in the training of their teachers; increases the number of U.S.

teachers with an interest in, knowledge of, and access to cybersecurity educational materials, increases the number of students affected by cybersecurity knowledge, and develops at an early stage students? interest in the cybersecurity career field.

This program aligns with Mission 4 (Safeguarding and Securing Cyberspace) and addresses Goal 4.2 (Promote Cybersecurity Knowledge and Innovation) of the Department of Homeland Security Quadrennial Homeland Security Review.

This program also addresses a priority area implemented by Presidential Policy Directive/PPD-8 ( through its alignment with the campaign to build and sustain national preparedness.

The program provides Federal financial assistance toward community-based efforts to increase knowledge of cybersecurity topics and encourage interest in cybersecurity as an academic pursuit and as a professional career.

Agency - Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security has three primary missions: Prevent terrorist attacks within the United States, reduce America's vulnerability to terrorism and minimize the damage from potential attacks and natural disasters.

Office - See Regional Agency Offices.
Website Address

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Npower Inc $ 1,000,000   2021-09-302024-09-29
Cyberspace Innovation Center, Incorporated $ 4,998,860   2013-08-302018-09-30
Cyberspace Innovation Center, Incorporated $ 4,000,000   2015-10-012017-09-30
Cyberspace Innovation Center, Incorporated $ 2,349,990   2012-04-172013-12-31
University Of Baltimore $ 150,000   2012-04-012013-03-30
Clarkson University $ 100,000   2011-07-012012-06-30
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Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: In the FY16 grant period, NICERC continued evaluating the curricula for relevant application, as well as made significant progress in the develop of a new curricular offerings to include cyber-infused high school mathematics. The intent is to integrate cyber concepts into early high school-level mathematics material, while ensuring a logical flow of the course topics to engage the students and support their understanding of both mathematical and cyber concepts. In addition to the mathematics course, NICERC has begun working to build Cyber Society, a liberal arts course, as a full year-long course. By the end of FY16 grant, NICERC projects training 2,577 new teachers, with a combined total of 4,150 teachers and 676,842 students affected overall. Fiscal Year 2017: In the FY17 grant period, NICERC will continue to update the curricula to ensure curricular learning platforms are applicable to the workforce demands, as well as provide educators with the depth and breadth needed to ensure student understanding of cyber knowledge, skills, and abilities. A new learning platform will be added to the Cyber Literacy, Cyber Literacy 2, and Cyber Science courses to allow maximum versatility within the classroom. NICERC projects training approximately 3000 new teachers in the next grant period, with a combined total of approximately 4,650 teachers and over 1,000,000 students affected overall. Fiscal Year 2018: If funding levels continue, NICERC projects training approximately a greater number of new teachers in the next grant period compounding the number of students affected overall.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Restricted to supporting the development and implementation of cybersecurity-related training programs to engage teachers and students by a coordinated effort.

Additional information concerning uses and restrictions is contained in the funding opportunity announcement.

Financial and nonfinancial assistance may be provided for the following: salaries, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, subcontractor and supporting costs required for technical and other activities necessary to achieve the objective.

Restrictions on use of funds will be identified in the funding opportunity announcement and award provisions.

See the funding opportunity announcement for any restrictions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Specific information on applicant eligibility is identified in the funding opportunity announcements.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Refer to program guidance.


No Credentials or documentation are required. This program is excluded from coverage under 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles.

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. Application deadline and other information are contained in the funding opportunity announcements.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in an application will be negotiated with the successful applicants prior to an award being issued.


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


Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act, 2017, Public Law 115-31, III U.S.C.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to the funding opportunity announcement.


Not Applicable.


Subject to future appropriations.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to the funding opportunity announcements. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Method of awarding/releasing assistance: annual.

Post Assistance Requirements


Refer to program guidance.

Cash reports are not applicable.

Quarterly ?Progress Reports? must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Expenditure reports are not applicable.

Performance monitoring is not applicable.


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. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Salaries) FY 16 $4,000,000; FY 17 est $4,000,000; and FY 18 est $4,000,000

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to the funding opportunity announcements.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

A-110, Uniform Administrative Requirements for Grants and Agreements with Institutions of Higher Education, Hospitals and Non-Profit Organizations (2 CFR Part 215), A-21, Cost Principles for Educational Institutions (2 CFR Part 220), A-122, Cost Principles for Non-Profit Organizations (2 CFR Part 230), and A-133 Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations, in addition to program regulations, guidelines, DHS policy and procedure.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office

See Regional Agency Offices.

Headquarters Office

Daniel Stein 245 Murray Ln., SW, Bldg 410, Stop 0640, Washington, District of Columbia 20528-0640 Email: Phone: 703-705-6275

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the funding opportunity announcements for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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