NSF invites cybergrants
- By Diane Frank
- Nov 05, 2000
NSF Scholarship for Service solicitation
The National Science Foundation has invited colleges to develop grant proposals
for a new federal initiative to bring information security professionals
into the government.
NSF released its solicitation last month for the Scholarship for Service
(SFS) initiative, one of several security training and education projects
under President Clinton's Federal Cyber Services program. The main thrust
of the initiative is to provide scholarships to students pursuing information
security degrees in return for a period of service in the federal government.
The scholarship track of the initiative will set up funding to provide $8,000
per year for undergraduate students and $12,000 per year for graduate students.
Colleges can request up to $50,000 per year for faculty and resources to
support SFS programs.
Proposals are due to NSF by Jan. 24, and the agency expects to award
the grants in June. By the fall of 2001, students should be entering the
programs, and the first students potentially would be taking summer jobs
at agencies by 2002.