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.

Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure

Agency: National Science FoundationEstimated Total
Program Funding: $19,500,000
Closing Date for Applications: January 23, 2019

Program Description: The objective of the Cybersecurity Innovation for Cyberinfrastructure (CICI) program is to develop, deploy and integrate security solutions that benefit the scientific community by ensuring the integrity, resilience and reliability of the end-to-end scientific workflow. CICI seeks three categories of projects: (1) Secure Scientific Cyberinfrastructure (SSC): These awards seek to secure the scientific workflow by encouraging novel and trustworthy architectural and design approaches, models and frameworks for the creation of a holistic, integrated security environment that spans the entire scientific CI ecosystem. (2) Research Data Protection (RDP): These awards provide solutions that both ensure the provenance of research data and reduce the complexity of protecting research data sets regardless of funding source. (3) Cybersecurity Center of Excellence (CCoE): This award seeks to provide the NSF community with a centralized resource of expertise and leadership in trustworthy cyberinfrastructure.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=309941

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


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

Advanced Manufacturing

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

Program Description: The Advanced Manufacturing (AM) program supports the fundamental research needed to revitalize American manufacturing to grow the national prosperity and workforce, and to reshape our strategic industries. The AM program accelerates advances in manufacturing technologies with emphasis on multidisciplinary research that fundamentally alters and transforms manufacturing capabilities, methods and practices. Advanced manufacturing research proposals should address issues related to national prosperity and security, and advancing knowledge to sustain global leadership. Proposals of all sizes will therefore be considered as justified by the project description. Investigators are encouraged to discuss their ideas with AM program directors well in advance of submission at AdvancedManufacturing@nsf.gov. 
For more info visit grants.gov:  https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=305951

Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-CorpsTM Teams)

Agency: National Science Foundation
Estimated Total Program Funding$12,750,000
Closing Date for Applications: Proposals accepted anytime

Program Description:  NSF seeks to develop and nurture a national innovation ecosystem that builds upon fundamental research to guide the output to facilitate the application of scientific discoveries closer to the development of technologies, products and processes that benefit society. In order to maintain, strengthen and grow a national innovation ecosystem, NSF has established the Innovation Corps - National Innovation Network Teams Program (I-Corps Teams). The NSF I-Corps Teams Program purpose is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate innovation that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The purpose of the I-Corps Teams program is to identify NSF-funded researchers who will receive additional support in the form of entrepreneurial education, mentoring and funding to accelerate the translation of knowledge derived from fundamental research into emerging products and services that can attract subsequent third-party funding. The outcomes of I-Corps Teams projects will be threefold: 1) a clear go/no go decision based on an assessment of the viability of the overall business model, 2) substantial first-hand evidence for or against product-market fit, with a pithy definition of the customer segments and corresponding value propositions, and 3) a narrative of a compelling technology demonstration for potential partners.
For more info visit grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=306255

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