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NSF Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) Program

Office of Grant Writing & Publications

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University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211

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Limited Submission Announcement

The National Science Foundation's Federal Cyber Service: Scholarship for Service (SFS) program seeks to increase the number of qualified students entering the fields of information assurance and computer security and to increase the capacity of the US higher education enterprise to meet the needs of our increasingly technological society. The SFS program is composed of two tracks:

  1. The Scholarship Track provides funding to colleges and universities to award scholarships to students in the general area of information assurance and security. These students will participate as a cohort during their two years of study and activities, including a summer internship in the federal government. The recipients of the scholarships will become part of the Federal Cyber Service of Information Technology. Upon graduation, after their two-year scholarships, recipients will be required to work for two years in the federal government.
  2. The Capacity Building Track supports a university or college or partnership in efforts to increase the numbers of highly qualified degree graduates with emphasis in information assurance and/or computer security. The Capacity Building Track provides funds to colleges and universities to improve the quality and increase the production of information assurance and computer security professionals. Professional development of information assurance faculty and development of academic programs can be funded under this track, as well as projects to increase interest in information assurance and accelerate the integration of information assurance, computer security or cyber security knowledge across the STEM disciplines.

Because MU is limited to submission of one Scholarship Track proposal and one Capacity Building Track proposal for this program, letters of intent must be submitted to the Office of Research,, no later than 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 7, 2011. Letters of intent should be limited to three pages and should indicate which track the proposal will target. For the Scholarship Track, include 1) plans to recruit and retain scholarship recipients, 2) management and administrative plans, and 3) evaluation plans. For the Capacity Building Track, include 1) program goals and objectives, 2) activities to accomplish program goals, 3) evaluation plans, and 4) the impact on the production of qualified students. For both programs, please include the names of three MU personnel who could serve as internal reviewers for letters of intent under this program.


Scholarship Track - supports two years of tuition, stipends, and typically room and board allowance. The scholarships provide academic year stipends of $10,000 per year for undergraduate students and $15,000 per year for graduate students. A typical award might be approximately $2.7 million for four years supporting three cohort classes of 10 first-year students (year 1), 10 first-year and 10 second-year students (year 2), 10 first-year and 10 second-year students (year 3), and 10 second-year students (year 4). The total award sizes will depend upon the tuition amount, room and board allowance costs, and on the cost of management and development.

Capacity Building Track - up to $150,000 per year for up to two years. Additional funding of up to $50,000 per year for two years is available to partnerships that include minority institutions as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Campus Deadline for Letter of Intent:

4:00 p.m., Friday, January 7, 2011

External Proposal Deadline:

February 11, 2011

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