National Initiative for Cybersecurity Education (NICE) Stakeholder Engagement Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

NIST is soliciting applications from eligible applicants to partner with the NICE program in its outreach efforts to the cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development community; this program will include planning and managing the NICE Annual Conference in the continental United States for up to the next five years. 

NICE, led by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in the U.S. Department of Commerce, is a partnership between government, academia, and the private sector focused on cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. The mission of NICE is to energize and promote a robust network and an ecosystem of cybersecurity education, training, and workforce development. NICE fulfills this mission by coordinating with government, academic, and industry partners to build on existing successful programs, facilitate change and innovation, and bring leadership and vision to increase the number of skilled cybersecurity professionals helping to keep our Nation secure.

Every aspect of the NICE Strategic Plan requires outreach and coordination with multiple stakeholders. NICE seeks to provide assistance to an organization engaged in building national (and exploring international) relationships to further advance cybersecurity education and training, building the cybersecurity workforce development community with a year-round communication strategy and capping that engagement by planning and holding the NICE Annual Conference and Expo.

For the NICE Annual Conference and Expo, NICE seeks an organization to lead the conference planning and execution efforts. This includes the full range of preconference activities from determining tracks, content, and speakers and arranging the venue to managing the conference logistics to post conference wrap up activities. NICE expects the conference to be kept affordable to a wide range of participants. 

Deadline: Aug. 1, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Applicants may be any U.S.-located non-Federal entity. Please note that, for the purposes of this NOFO, individuals and unincorporated sole proprietors are not considered “non-Federal entities” and are not eligible apply.



Amount Description

NIST anticipates funding one award for approximately $250,000 per year for up to five years. Any award is contingent on the availability of funds. 

Funding Type





Social Sciences

External Deadline

August 1, 2017