Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

Through this FFO, NIST intends to advance NICE’s goals by providing assistance to establish Regional Alliances and Multistakeholder Partnerships to Stimulate (RAMPS) Cybersecurity Education and Workforce Development. Effective multistakeholder workforce partnerships focus on organizing multiple employers with skill shortages in specific occupations to focus on developing the skilled workforce to meet industry needs within the local or regional economy. The specific goals are to align the workforce needs of local business and non-profit organizations with the learning objectives of education and training providers conforming to the NICE Framework, increase the pipeline of students pursuing cybersecurity careers, upskill more Americans to move them into middle class jobs in cybersecurity, and support local economic development to stimulate job growth. Education and training providers will discover the skills needed for business as they actively seek to develop academic pathways to increase the pipeline of students who pursue cybersecurity careers. Employers will benefit from an increased supply of skilled cybersecurity workers and an educational system aligned to their needs. State and local economic development organizations, working with area businesses and nonprofit organizations, will also benefit by attracting new industries to their area to create more jobs for Americans.

Deadline: July 12, 2016

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Eligibility Requirements

• Applicants must be non-profit organizations including institutions of higher education located in the U.S. or its territories. The applicant will be the lead organization for the project.

• Applicants must demonstrate through commitment letters that at least one of each of the following types of organizations is committed to being part of the proposed multistakeholder workforce partnership: o a K-12 school or Local Education Agency (LEA), o an institution of higher education or college/university system, and o a local employer.



Amount Description

: NIST anticipates funding five to eight awards in the range of $150,000 to $200,000 each for fifteen month projects.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Social Sciences

External Deadline

July 12, 2016