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Information Security Grants

Information Assurance Scholarship Program
Number: 12.902
Agency: Department of Defense
Office: National Security Agency

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
12.902 Information Security Grants
Federal Agency (030):
National Security Agency, Department of Defense
Authorization (040):
National Security Act of 1959, Sections 13 (a) , Public Law 106-398, 10 U.S.C 2200-2200f.
Objectives (050):
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.
Types of Assistance (060):
PROJECT GRANTS
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
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 (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
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 (082):
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 (083):
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.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
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 (092):
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 Procedure (093):
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 (094):
Feb 28, 2016: Annually, the grant solicitation is issued each November with grant proposals due 28 February of the following year.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
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 (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
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 Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
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 (102):
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 (110)
Reports (111):
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 (112):
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 (113):
Records shall be maintained in accordance with OMB Circulars A-110 and A-133, as appropriate.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Salaries) FY 14 $3,000,000; FY 15 est $3,000,000; and FY 16 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
IASP Grants: $40,000.00 to $312,000.00 Average Award: $67,000.00.
Program Accomplishments (130):
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
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
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 (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
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 (152):
Diane I. Boyer 9800 Savage Road
Suite 6623, Fort George G. Meade, Maryland 20755 Email: diboyer@nsa.gov Phone: 443-479-7660
Website Address (153):
http://cio-nii.defense.gov/sites/iasp2/index.html
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
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
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
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.