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Community College Cyber Pilot Program (C3P)

Status: Archived

Archived funding opportunity

This document has been archived.

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


Cyberspace is a complex ecosystem that involves computer hardware, software, networks, data, people, and integration with the physical world. Society's overwhelming reliance on this complex system has exposed fragility and vulnerabilities that defy existing cyber-defense measures. Corporations, agencies, national infrastructure, and individuals continue to suffer cyber-attacks.

To protect America's economic prosperity and security in the 21st century, the nation needs an innovative and efficient cybersecurity education system that will produce an unrivaled cybersecurity workforce as well as a cybersecurity-literate citizenry. Community colleges play an important role in these efforts by offering degrees and industry-recognized credentials that prepare students to fill high-demand cybersecurity jobs. In recognition of this role, NSF supports skilled technical workforce programs at community colleges to develop skills necessary for the Nation’s cybersecurity missions.

In addition, section 1649A of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2018 (NDAA18) has authorized the National Science Foundation, in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management, to develop and implement a Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program as part of NSF's CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. Specifically, NDAA18 authorizes scholarships for eligible students who:

  1. are pursuing associate degrees or specialized program certifications in the field of cybersecurity; and
  2. (A) have bachelor’s degrees or
    (B) are veterans of the Armed Forces.

In response to the NDAA18, NSF will accept proposals to develop, implement, support, and evaluate C3P projects in this pilot effort. This new category of CyberCorps® SFS scholars will satisfy criteria and receive the benefits consistent with the CyberCorps® SFS program requirements (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504991) and must work after graduation for a Federal, State, Local, or Tribal Government organization in a position related to cybersecurity for a period equal to the length of the scholarship.

To advance the mission of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR; https://www.nsf.gov/ehr/about.jsp), NSF encourages projects that will generate new knowledge about effective cybersecurity education, re-skilling workers to meet cybersecurity needs, preparing nontraditional students to reenter the educational system, increasing the diversity of the cybersecurity workforce, using applied research experiences to build skills and competencies for real-world scenarios, and building effective collaborations between educational institutions, business, industry, and government. Investigating some of these issues in conjunction with a novel educational program for the scholars may enhance the impact of the pilot projects.

Proposals submitted in response to this Program Description should follow the proposal preparation instructions in Chapter II of NSF's Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG; https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=papp).

We anticipate holding a webinar to address questions related to this opportunity on Tuesday, May 29, 2018, 3:00-4:00 PM EDT. Instructions on how to participate will be posted on the CyberCorps® SFS program page (https://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=504991).  Additional webinars will be scheduled as needed and will also be advertised on this site.

Program contacts

Corby Hovis
chovis@nsf.gov (703) 292-4625 EDU/DUE
Vincent Huang
chuang@nsf.gov (703) 292-7877
Victor Piotrowski
vpiotrow@nsf.gov (703) 292-5141 EDU/DGE

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