Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Program CFDA Number 84.200A

Funding Agency:
Department of Education

The GAANN Program provides grants to academic departments and programs of institutions of higher education (IHEs) to support graduate fellowships for students with excellent academic records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in their course of study at the institution.

Deadline: March 1, 2021

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Areas of Interest

A project must provide fellowships in one or more of the following areas of national need, in an interdisciplinary program of study involving at least two of these areas, or for a multidisciplinary project. A multidisciplinary project is one that requests fellowships for more than a single academic department in one or more of the following areas, and in which each department’s program of study is independent.

1. Computer and Information Sciences. A degree or a degree with specialization in one or more of the following areas: • Cybersecurity (the interdiscipline of ‘‘11.01 Computer and Information Sciences, General’’ and ‘‘11.05 Computer Systems Analysis’’). • Secure computer programming (the interdiscipline of ‘‘11.01 Computer and Information Sciences, General’’ and ‘‘11.02 Computer Programming’’). • Artificial Intelligence (the interdiscipline of ‘‘11.02 Computer Programming,’’ ‘‘11.04 Information Sciences and Systems,’’ and ‘‘14.09 Computer Engineering’’).

2. Engineering.

3. . Biological Sciences/Life Sciences

4. Psychology

5. Nursing

Eligibility Requirements

 Eligible Applicants: (a) Any academic department of an IHE that provides a course of study that-- (i) Leads to a graduate degree in an area of national need; and (ii) Has been in existence for at least four years at the time of an application for a grant under this competition; or (b) An academic department of an IHE that-- (i) Satisfies the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section; and (ii) Submits a joint application with one or more eligible non-degree-granting institutions that have formal arrangements for the support of doctoral dissertation research with one or more degree-granting institutions.Note: Students are not eligible to apply for grants under this program. Note: If you are a nonprofit organization, under 34 CFR 75.51, you may demonstrate your nonprofit status by providing: (1) proof that the Internal Revenue Service currently recognizes the applicant as an organization to which contributions are tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code; (2) a statement from a State taxing body or the State attorney general certifying that the organization is a nonprofit organization operating within the State and that no part of its net earnings may lawfully benefit any private shareholder or individual; (3) a certified copy of the applicant's certificate of incorporation or similar document if it clearly establishes the nonprofit status of the applicant; or (4) any item described above if that item applies to a State or national parent organization, together with a statement by the State or parent organization that the applicant is a local nonprofit affiliate.

Amount Description

Estimated Range of Awards: $101,460–$405,840.

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $275,000

Funding Type





Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences
Medical - Clinical Science
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 1, 2021