HACU is advising all member and partner institutions to be aware of a new law allowing higher education institutions, alone or in consortia, to immediately apply for multi-year National Science Foundation grants to establish multidisciplinary Computer and Network Security Research Centers.
Public Law 107-305, the Cyber Security Research
and Development Act, adopted by the
HACU member and partner institutions should be aware that a specific concern of this new law is expanding the pool of information security professionals, including researchers, in the U.S. workforce. While Hispanics, African Americans and Native Americans make up 25 percent of the U.S. workforce overall, members of these minorities comprise less than 7 percent of the U.S. computer and information science workforce.
Therefore, merit-reviewed competitive grant
awards will be based, in part, on how a proposed Center will contribute to increasing
the number and quality of computer and network security researchers and other
professionals, including individuals from groups historically
As soon as NSF issues an RFP (Request for Proposal) the HACU Washington D.C. office will provide HSI presidents and the HSI offices for sponsored research the funding criteria and proposal submission deadlines. For more information, contact HACU’s Washington, D.C., office at (202) 833-8361.
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