Call for Proposals: CCI 2022 Scalable Pilot Programs for Experiential Learning
Virginia’s Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI) aims to create a commonwealth-wide ecosystem of innovation excellence at the intersection of cybersecurity, autonomous systems, and data. CCI’s mission includes research, innovation, and workforce development.
CCI seeks proposals for experiential learning projects that build on the expertise of the higher education institutions that are members of CCI and extend experiential learning opportunities aligned with CCI to students across the commonwealth. The objective is to enhance students’ essential skills to enter the cybersecurity workforce once they finish their current studies; we are particularly interested in projects that expose students to experiences in industry.
With this grant, we will support programs that are already successful at the institution or node level, and could potentially be expanded to serve the entire commonwealth. In the blueprint process for CCI, we learned that institutions across Virginia already provide exceptional and unique experiential learning and internship opportunities to their students. We want to help scale those programs.
Researchers and faculty members at public institutions of higher education in CCI who are deemed eligible by their home institution to serve as a Principal Investigator (PI) on an external grant are eligible to apply.
We anticipate funding proposals with a budget that does not exceed US $100,000. Budgets should be proportional to anticipated scale of impact. Indirect costs (IDC) are not allowable.
Successful applicants are expected to participate fully in the activities of CCI, including providing materials needed for reports, participation in CCI meetings, and responding to data collection requests by CCI. All publications and presentations resulting from the grant should acknowledge support from the Commonwealth Cyber Initiative (CCI). Grant award letters will supply an example of this acknowledgement.
According to the terms under which CCI is funded, the following costs are not allowable:
- Costs of developing and delivering undergraduate capstone programs, except as part of the larger effort to align cyber and CPSS-focused undergraduate program content with industry needs.
- Portion of salaries and benefits of faculty for time spent teaching undergraduates, including teaching cyber-related courses.
- Scholarships for costs of attendance at institutions of higher education.
Proposals must use 1-inch margins, 11-point font or larger (Arial or Helvetica) and single line spacing. The following outline is to be followed:
1. Title page
Title of the proposed project, 250-word abstract (written for a general audience to be used on CCI's website), name, affiliation, and contact information for Principal Investigator (PI) and co-Principal Investigators (co-PIs), if any.
2. Proposed Project (up to 4 pages)
Description of the project: objectives, methodology, milestones, and timeline.
- Past performance: description of methodology, scale, success, and lessons-learned from prior iterations of project
- Discussion of the alignment of the project with CCI objectives.
- Measures of success: key performance indicators, how success will be measured and tracked.
3. Target participants (up to 2 pages)
- Target student population and pre-requisites for student participation.
- Methods to recruit and ensure successful participation of students throughout the commonwealth.
- Any measures taken to improve participation by under-represented groups (women and under-represented minorities).
- Note: For the purposes of this program, “student” means individuals enrolled at institutions of higher education in the commonwealth.
- Target employer sectors, sizes, and organizations involved
- Methods to recruit and ensure successful participation of employers throughout the commonwealth.
- Any employer contributions provided as cost-share or in-kind contributions.
4. Budget (up to 2 pages)
Budget items and justification.
Up to 2 pages each for PI and co-PIs, using NSF format.
|Request for Proposals Released||March 1, 2022|
|Question Period Ends||March 25, 2022; 5 p.m. EST|
|Proposals Due||April 1, 2022 5 p.m. EST|
|Award Notification||June 1, 2022|
|Project Dates||June 1, 2022-September 30, 2023|
The proposal must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than the close of business day (5 p.m.) April 1, 2022.
All proposals must be submitted as a single PDF document.
A committee including representatives from CCI will review the proposals and make funding recommendations. Evaluation criteria will include:
- Alignment with CCI goals, including preparing students to enter the cyber workforce, and to help Virginia retain that workforce.
- Added value to commonwealth students and employers.
- Clear performance and evaluation metrics proposed for the project.
- Track record of the team involved and likelihood of achieving the stated goals.
- Impact to the competitiveness of the commonwealth in workforce development at the intersection of cybersecurity, autonomy, and data.
- Long-term scalability of the program.
- Cost per student involved in the training.
- Improvements in diverse and inclusive representation.
Specific questions concerning this RFP and the requirements set forth herein should be directed in writing to the email address: email@example.com.