Augusta University

2018 Expanding Access: Virtual Labs for K-12 Cyber Career Pathway Initiative

Virtual Labs for K-12 Cyber Career Pathways Initiative Call for Proposal

Application Deadline: Friday, June 1, 2018, 11:59pm EST

Aligned with its commitment to growing the K-12 cyber pipeline, Augusta University’s Cyber Institute is pleased to announce the newly developed initiative, Expanding Access: Virtual Labs for K-12 Cyber Career. As part of this initiative, we are issuing a Call for Proposal (CFP) to school system superintendent-endorsed local area public high schools (within the CSRA). The purpose of the CFP is to ensure that local area high schools have remote access to its cyber lab environment or “mini” cyber range. AU utilizes NDG Lab (NETLAB+) software, which provides content for IT training in a variety of disciplines including networking, virtualization, storage, and cybersecurity. As such, the CFP targets and challenges school district superintendent – endorsed local area public high schools e.g., principals, teachers, counselors, and/or administrators within the CSRA to submit compelling application(s) which serve to address why their school should be selected as a partner of the Cyber Institute’s NDG NETLAB+ network.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be a school system superintendent-endorsed local area public high school (within the CSRA).

Special consideration will be given to:1) applicants with majority minority student population(s), 2) high schools located in rural CSRA counties (map), and/or 3) those with higher student body enrollment of an enlisted and/or active duty military parent/guardian.

Award:

Selected schools will gain at minimum, one year remote access to the Augusta University cyber lab environment or “mini” cyber range. AU utilizes NDG Lab (NETLAB+) software, which provides content for IT training in a variety of disciplines including networking, virtualization, storage, and cybersecurity.

How to Apply:

Applicants should follow the guidelines provided for the submission of a complete application. Completed application materials should be submitted to cybergrants@augusta.edu by 11:59 pm (EST), Friday, June 1, 2018. Submissions that are late and those that do not conform to the required format will not be reviewed.

Review and Selection Process:

A Review Committee will evaluate proposals based on thematic areas of the proposal.The committee will provide recommendations to Augusta University’s Cyber Institute’s leadership team. Awardees will be announced no later than Friday, June 15, 2018.

Award winners will be evaluated over the first year of implementation. Access beyond the initial grant year will be contingent on the availability of funds.

Required Report(s):

Awardees will be required to provide a 500 word report no later than Friday, May 31, 2019 which should include descriptive information pertaining to how participation in the CI’s NDG NETLAB+ network impacted students/teachers e.g., increased or improved academic performance, influenced course design, lesson plans and/or classroom instruction. Reports should be submitted to cybergrants@augusta.edu.

If you have any questions please send an email to our administrative contact.

Administrative Contact:  Walidah Walker, MPH, wawalker@augusta.edu

Cyber Institute Timeline:

Tuesday, 4/10 – Augusta University’s Cyber Institute announces release of Call for Proposal (CFP)

Friday, 6/1 – Deadline, receipt of applications

Friday, 6/8 – Review Committee will review applications and provide final recommendations

Friday, 6/15 – Announcement of 2018 Virtual Labs for K-12 Cyber Career Pathways Awardees

Friday, 5/31/2019 – Deadline for the receipt of surveys and descriptive reports.