Sponsor Deadline
Posted: 3/15/2024

Intelligence Community Centers For Academic Excellence

The IC CAE Program began as a three-year pilot project directed by congressional authorization and appropriation for FY 2004 and was initiated by the Director of Central Intelligence to meet the nation’s demand for “a diverse cadre of professionals to carry out national security priorities and obligations”. In 2005, following the establishment of ODNI, the program moved under ODNI management with the intent to increase the pool of applicants by expanding awareness of the IC mission and culture throughout ethnically and geographically diverse communities. From October 2011 through December 2019, the IC CAE Program was managed by the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA), with oversight from ODNI, and expanded in scope and number of grant recipients. In December 2019, congress returned management of the IC CAE Program to the ODNI.

For the 2024 IC CAE grant cycle, any acceptably accredited four-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHE) in the United States (its Territories and the District of Columbia) shall be eligible to apply as a Lead Institution. Acceptably accredited two-year IHE in the United States (its Territories and the District of Columbia), e.g., “Community Colleges” shall be eligible to apply as consortium partners, not as lead institutions.

Deadline: May 13, 2024

Areas of Interest

The applications shall reflect an area of focus for their collective program development, referred to as a Pathway. The Pathway options include:
• Pathway I: Intelligence/National Security
• Pathway II Less Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL)
• Pathway III: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)
• Pathway IV: Integrated Approach: Intelligence/National Security Plus LCTL and/or STEM

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are sought from acceptably accredited IHEs for workforce development in Intelligence/National Security, Science, Technology, Engineering or Math (STEM), or Less-Commonly Taught Languages (LCTL) curricula areas as described in section I.C.

Active FY22 IC CAE grant-awardee institutions (Lead and consortia members) are not eligible to apply.

The application must reflect either 1) a consortium of at least two (2) acceptably accredited colleges, universities, or other two-or four-year degree-granting institutions in the U.S., its territories, or possessions, that provide post-secondary courses of study; the lead institution must be an acceptably accredited four-year degree-granting IHE and at least one of the other consortia institutions must be either a HBCU, PBI, HSI, and/or AANAPISI as designated by the US Department of Education, or 2) a single IHE lead from one of these four MSI categories .


Amount Description

Total Amount of Funding per Federal Award - $2,500,000.00