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Expanding Opportunities for Cybersecurity in Community Colleges

The National Science Foundation (NSF), in coordination with the Office of Personnel Management, has announced a Community College Cyber Pilot (C3P) program as part of NSF's CyberCorps®: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program. This program provides 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.

The National Science Foundation 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 (  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.

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.

It is anticipated that a webinar will be held 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 (

Proposals received by July 2, 2018, will be considered for possible funding in FY18. Proposals received after that date will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

Released May 15, 2018, Updated May 18, 2018