Date Open: 
National Science Foundation
ORD Notice of Intent Deadline: 
Agency Deadline: 
Limit per Institution: 
CyberCorps(R) Scholarship for Service (SFS)     Defending America's Cyberspace NSF 21-580

Brief Summary: The goals of the CyberCorps(R): Scholarship for Service (SFS) program are aligned with the U.S. strategy to develop a superior cybersecurity workforce. These goals are to increase the quantity of new entrants to the government cyber workforce, to increase the national capacity for the education of cybersecurity professionals, to increase national research and development capabilities in critical information infrastructure protection, and to strengthen partnerships between institutions of higher education and relevant employment sectors. The SFS program welcomes proposals to establish or to continue scholarship programs in cybersecurity. All scholarship recipients 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


  • Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1
Research Office Notice of Intent Deadline: 
  • Monday, June 13, 2022  
Agency Deadlines:
  • July 15, 2022, and July 15, Annually Thereafter
The general guidance for the preparation of the notice of intent to the Research Office:

COVER SHEET (1 page) -please use an 11 point or higher font with one-inch margins.

  • Solicitation Name and Descriptive Title
  • Project Summary:  3 or 4 sentences or bullet points that provide an overview of the objective of your proposed research, how you plan to do it, and the expected outcome.
  • Key PI/co-PIs:  5 or 6 sentences or bullet points that highlight team expertise as it relates to the project.
  • Budget:  Example:  The total cost of the project is anticipated to be $ X, with $ Y being requested from the Agency.  Agency funds will be used for: $ A for personnel; $ B for operations, and $ C for broader impacts/subcontracts etc. 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION (1 page) - please use an 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.

Problem statement: Clear and concise statement of

  • Research question(s) and how the project will address the research question(s);
  • Proposed activities: Describe the project to be undertaken and provide the technical specifications of the research activities and timelines that will be undertaken.
  • How the proposed research can lead to the advancement of research/knowledge in this area.
  • Expected results: Describe the outcome you anticipate from the research.
  • Abbreviated CV or biographical sketch of the principal investigator – separate page
  • Optional - Suggest one or two names to serve on the internal review committee.

Additional Solicitation Specific Review Criteria - (1 page  - 11 point or higher font with one inch margins.)

Proposals submitted to the SFS program will be evaluated with careful attention to the following: You may include one additional page to address the following NSF special criteria 

  • A project plan and objective metrics designed to evaluate the success of the proposed project.
  • The quality of education and research in cybersecurity at the institution and the extent to which they are integrated.
  • The quality of applied experiences to increase students’ understanding of cybersecurity.
  • The extent to which cybersecurity faculty members are integrally involved with the scholarship students and working with the students as a cohort.
  • Opportunities for undergraduate research experience.
  • Broadening participation efforts at the institution as well as specific plans for recruitment, mentoring, and retention of SFS scholars who are members of underrepresented racial and ethnic minority groups, women, first-generation/low-income students, persons with disabilities, or veterans.
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