The UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity has opened our 2016-2017 Request for Proposals. Researchers from across the UC Berkeley research community are invited to submit proposals by October 28, 2016.
As detailed further in the RFP, grants will be made in two general categories:
– Seed Grants, generally below $15,000, may be used to fund an exploratory study, a small pilot, a PhD dissertation project, or other means of ‘prospecting’ a problem area. CLTC has earmarked significant seed grant funds for PIs who have not previously worked in cybersecurity.
– Discrete Project Grants, up to $100,000, will fund projects that have defined boundaries with clear outcomes and impact potential. While the default will be that these grants have a one-year timeline, CLTC will entertain proposals for longer discrete projects when scientifically justified.
In addition to proposals seeking to undertake basic and applied research, we also welcome proposals for other effective uses of funds, including but not limited to academic course design, policy projects, and purposeful convenings.
Specific funds will be dedicated to proposals that fall into five priority areas, focused on encouraging the further development of cybersecurity objectives that serve the public interest:
(1) Cyber risk, including incentives to improve security and cyber insurance;
(2) Security implications of (a) the Internet of Things and (b) machine learning and artificial intelligence;
(3) Innovative approaches to the problems of identification and authentication on the internet beyond conventional passwords;
(4) Addressing the ‘talent pipeline problem’ for cybersecurity, both by expanding the number of qualified cybersecurity professionals and increasing their diversity; and
(5) New approaches to the regulatory landscape of cybersecurity, including improved design of public, private, and mixed institutions.
Principal Investigators (PIs) applying for CLTC grants must have an active UC Berkeley research affiliation, and must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree. CLTC encourages collaboration with outside institutions—academic, commercial, and otherwise—as befits the research program.
Questions? Come to our Information Session!
CLTC will be hosting an RFP Information Session on Wednesday, September 28 from 4:30-5:00 in South Hall, Room 202, on the UC Berkeley campus. Tea, coffee, and cookies will be served. Please RSVP here by Monday, September 26 if you intend to attend this session.