Funding Opportunity: Future Cybersecurity Leaders Exchange

Funding Opportunity Title:             Future Cybersecurity Leaders Exchange
Funding Opportunity Number:      DOS-London-PD-2019-CA-006
Deadline for Applications:               March 6, 2019, 17:00 GMT
CFDA Number:                                19.040
Total Amount Available:                 $50,000 to $75,000

Program Description

The Embassy of the United States in London invites eligible organizations to submit proposals to develop and implement a seven-day exchange program in Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area for 20 16-year-olds (as of July 20, 2019) from the United States and United Kingdom, with the UK participants being selected independent of the grant. The program will provide a well-rounded introduction to a range of cybersecurity challenges and exploration of U.S. public and private sector approaches. The week will serve to complement a 14-day exchange and cybersecurity summer camp in the UK just prior.  The implementing partner for this grant would be expected to work in collaboration with the UK implementing partner of the 14-day program in order to ensure a smooth transition from the UK to U.S. portion of the program.  Strictly subject to availability of funds, the Embassy expects to select one program implementer for a grant award from $50,000 up to $75,000.

The first 14 days of the exchange will take place in the UK, hosted by the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport and their selected implementing partner.  This funding opportunity is for organizations to submit proposals to develop and implement a final seven-day (inclusive of travel) exchange visit to the United States for the students immediately following their UK-based program.  There will be 20 16-year-old participants – 10 from the UK and 10 from the United States.

The U.S. program implementing partner will be responsible for recruitment of the 10 U.S. participants.  The process will include:  publicizing the exchange opportunity for eligible U.S. students; engaging with relevant partner organizations, such as CyberPatriot, to leverage potential recruitment channels; conduct an open application and competitive selection process based on predetermined criteria, in coordination with U.S. Embassy London; and proactively communicate with selected participants ahead of the program.

The implementing partner will also be responsible for arranging all U.S. program logistics (e.g., domestic flights, accommodation, and transport) as well as the seven-day agenda of meetings, activities, and cultural events.  The program should introduce them to the cybersecurity challenges facing a broad range of public and private sectors in an engaging and fun way for a youth audience.  The Washington, D.C., portion of the week would have a focus on introducing students to the U.S. federal government and public-private partnerships, while the San Francisco portion should highlight state and local authorities, private sector innovation, and promoting a range of international careers in the cybersecurity field.


How To Apply & Deadline

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Applications are due no later than 17:00 GMT on March 06, 2019