Federal Grant Opportunities

The League in partnership with Downs Government Affairs provides a list of federal grants to assist your community college in improving its programs and services. If you have any questions about the following grants, please feel free to reach out to Thomas Downs at TCDowns@downsgovaffairs.com.


National Robotics Initiative 2.0: Ubiquitous Collaborative Robots

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $35,000,000Maximum Grant Award:  $1,500,000
Closing Date for Applications: February 19, 2019

Program Description: NRI-2.0 builds on the National Robotics Initiative (NRI) to support research to accelerate the development and use of collaborative robots (co-robots) that work beside or cooperatively with people. NRI-2.0 focuses on seamless integration of co-robots to assist humans in every aspect of life.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310513

 

Campus Cyberinfrastructure

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $17,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $3,500,000
Closing Date for Applications: February 20, 2019

Program Description:  The Campus Cyberinfrastructure program invests in coordinated campus-level networking and cyberinfrastructure improvements, innovation, integration, and engineering for science applications and distributed research projects. Learning and workforce development in cyberinfrastructure is explicitly addressed in the program. Science-driven requirements are the primary motivation for any proposed activity.  Community and technical colleges are eligible grantees.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=310479

 

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program: Expansion Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $125,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $15,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: April 2, 2019

Program Description: The EIR program, established under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students. The central design element of the EIR program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project. 
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312557

 

Education Innovation and Research (EIR) Program: Early-phase Grants

Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $125,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $4,000,000
Closing Date for Applications: April 2, 2019

Program Description: The EIR program, established under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), provides funding to create, develop, implement, replicate, or take to scale entrepreneurial, evidence-based, field-initiated innovations to improve student achievement and attainment for high-need students; and rigorously evaluate such innovations. The EIR program is designed to generate and validate solutions to persistent education challenges and to support the expansion of those solutions to serve substantially larger numbers of students.  The central design element of the EIR program is its multi-tier structure that links the amount of funding an applicant may receive to the quality of the evidence supporting the efficacy of the proposed project.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312576

 

Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI)

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $46,500,000
Closing Date for Applications: April 8, 2019

Program Description: The Cyberinfrastructure for Sustained Scientific Innovation (CSSI) umbrella program seeks to enable funding opportunities that are flexible and responsive to the evolving and emerging needs in cyberinfrastructure. This program is emphasizing integrated cyberinfrastructure services, quantitative metrics with targets for delivery and usage of these services, and community creation. 
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312713

 

High School Equivalency Program

Agency: U.S. Department of Education, Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)
Estimated Total Program Funding: $6,431,000
Maximum Grant Award: $475,000
Closing Date for Applications: April 9, 2019

Program Description: The NSF High School Equivalency Program is designed to assist eligible persons to obtain the equivalent of a secondary school diploma and subsequently to gain improved employment, enter into military service, or be placed in an institution of higher education (IHE) or other postsecondary education or training.

For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=312735

 

Community College Cyber Pilot Program

Agency: National Science Foundation
Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime

Program Description:  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. 
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305254

 

Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding: $68,000,000
Maximum Grant Award: $10,000,000
Closing Date for Applications:  Proposals accepted anytime

Program Description:  The goals of the Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC) program are aligned with the Federal Cybersecurity Research and Development Strategic Plan (RDSP) and the National Privacy Research Strategy (NPRS) to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. The NPRS, which complements the RDSP, identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice. The SaTC program welcomes proposals that address cybersecurity and privacy, and draw on expertise in one or more of these areas: computing, communication and information sciences; engineering; economics; education; mathematics; statistics; and social and behavioral sciences. Proposals that advance the field of cybersecurity and privacy within a single discipline or interdisciplinary efforts that span multiple disciplines are both encouraged.  
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=307514

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