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University-Based Cybersecurity Centers

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Close Date:


Upcoming Milestones:

Eligible Recipients:

  • Educational Institution

Program Purpose:

  • Education and Workforce Development
  • Energy Infrastructure
  • Technical Assistance
  • Telecommunications / Broadband

Reserved for Energy


Funded by:

U.S. Department of Energy


The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $10 million to establish a network of university-based, regional cybersecurity research and development (R&D) centers across the nation. The funding seeks to bolster the overall security and resilience of U.S. electric power systems through technological innovations and development of a cybersecurity workforce that is well versed in both electrical engineering and critical infrastructure cybersecurity requirements.

DOE’s academic centers will address emerging cyber risks by enabling universities, industry stakeholders, regulatory bodies, and the National Laboratories to collaborate on multi-disciplinary R&D solutions and develop hands-on cybersecurity training programs across a range of energy sector entities, including utilities and regional grid operators.

DOE is committed to addressing disproportionate health, environmental, economic, and climate impacts on disadvantaged communities. In support of that commitment, the benefits of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA), will be distributed equitably across the country, including in underserved communities and underrepresented groups. Applicants are highly encouraged to include individuals from groups historically underrepresented in STEM on their project teams, and are required to describe how diversity, equity, and inclusion objectives will be incorporated in the project.

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Funding Details

Funding Source:
Funding Type:
Grant – match required
Total Amount Available:
Limit per Applicant:
$ 2,500,000
Estimated Awards:

Applicant Guidance

Contact Information

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