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Limited Submission Funding Opportunity for Texas A&M University
Intelligence Community Centers of Academic Excellence in National Security Studies (IC CAE) Program;jsessionid=Wz39NmCT98rbbXy2RN2LXx1yQP7CN0hXh5K469vYTmvD4MZpXGh5!-1824456987?oppId=72733&mode=VIEW

Office of Director of National Intelligence (ODNI)

Department of Defense, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA)

Institutional Eligibility:
The applicant institution—i.e., the lead institution that will be the primary awardee for purposes of award execution—must be an accredited college, university, or other four-year degree-granting institution in the U.S., its territories or possessions, that provides post-secondary school courses of study
.  A community college can participate, if it is partnered with a four-year institution that grants at least baccalaureate degrees and who will serve as the lead.

PI Eligibility:
Each proposal must name a Principal Investigator (PI) as the responsible technical POC; the PI must be an employee of the applicant institution.

NGA will consider the program to be under the technical direction of the PI and NGA expects the PI to be available for the full grant period and have major involvement in the pursuit of the program and objectives.  Replacement of the PI is subject to approval from the NGA Program Manager, with concurrence of the Grants Officer.

Number of Applications 1

The main goal of the IC CAE Program is to encourage institutions of higher education to develop IC core mission related academic disciplines to nurture eligible and competitive talent pools to support the evolving national security mission.  This goal can be met via institutional and student conducted research on topics of IC interest.

Recognizing that accomplishing this goal requires a competitive, knowledgeable and diverse workforce, through research, the IC CAE Program aims to develop the best methodologies to increase the pool of eligible applicants in core skill areas, concentrating on women and racial/ethnic minorities with varied cultural backgrounds, regional and geographical expertise, skills, language proficiency, STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) competencies.

Program Objectives

The IC CAE Program encourages eligible institutions to submit proposals that offer innovative ideas of establishing/enhancing the CAE Program that will create, attract, and sustain a robust and knowledgeable talent pool in multi-disciplinary areas through academic research.  Section 1.4 provides an example set of topical skills, competencies, professions and disciplines that the IC needs to achieve its mission.  Applicants are encouraged to demonstrate their understanding of the IC mission, goals, and objectives when crafting the proposals.

Since its inception in fall 2004, the IC CAE Program has awarded grants that include 30 CAE designated universities establishing Centers of Excellence.  These centers have enhanced academic and research capabilities of the institutions and increased the number of U.S. students earning degrees important to the IC and the nation.

For this BAA, the IC CAE Selection Panel will give mission priority considerations to proposals that incorporate plans focused on anticipatory analysis for current and potential geographical regions with national security implications. 


March 4, 2011, by 5:00 pm: Deadline for an email of intent, including the names of the PI and co-PIs, title of internal proposal and a 1-3 sentence description of the project.

Send email of intent to

March 7, 2011, by 5:00 pm: Deadline to submit an internal proposal, including signatures of approval from your department head and college dean, to the Office of Research Development for review by the internal selection committee.

Send internal application to

March 14, 2011: The Internal Selection Committee will notify PIs of the result of the internal competition.

April 5, 2011, by11:59 pm EST: Deadline for the full proposal.

Internal Selection Procedures:
Texas A&M University has established a process to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.