The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is proud to announce our third annual Request for Proposals (RFP). As outlined in the official RFP, the Center seeks to fund UC Berkeley researchers on a wide range of security issues, with a focus on a handful of core priority areas, including diversifying and expanding the cyber talent pipeline, addressing the long-term security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning, exploring new cybersecurity governance and regulatory regimes, and protecting individuals and organizations who may be vulnerable online, such as political dissidents, human rights advocates, or journalists.
“The primary goal of this RFP is to expand and refine understandings of and means of intervening in the cybersecurity problem space, broadly defined,” the RFP explains. “CLTC will consider proposals in all domains relevant to cybersecurity. The openness of that statement is intentional, as we seek to expand the range of disciplines and kinds of expertise that can be brought to bear. We encourage researchers with questions about the relevance of their ideas to discuss with us how to make the case.”
The Center expects to award two types of grants through this RFP process: Seed Grants, generally below $15,000, will be allocated to smaller projects, such as an exploratory study, a small pilot, or a PhD dissertation project. Discrete Project Grants, up to $100,000, will be granted to projects that “have defined boundaries with clear outcomes and impact potential.”
PIs applying for CLTC grants must have an active UC Berkeley research affiliation and must be enrolled in or have completed a graduate degree. As part of its broad scoping of the cybersecurity challenge, the Center encourages cross-disciplinary teams, and proposals are encouraged to “have potential to make a meaningful, long-term impact on cybersecurity issues and outcomes.” New researchers are encouraged to apply, including those who have not previously worked in cybersecurity-related areas. In addition to funding basic and applied research, the Center welcomes proposals for projects such as academic course design, policy projects, and “purposeful convenings.”