Florida Center for Cybersecurity

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity (FC2) supports and encourages collaboration across the State University System (SUS) to promote research innovation and productivity in cybersecurity. The competitive FC2 Collaborative Seed Award Program funds research teams with investigators from at least two different SUS institutions for projects that align with FC2 strategic priorities and have strong potential to attract external funding.

2016-2017 FC2 Collaborative Seed Program RFP

Eligibility Information

Applicants must be eligible to be Principal Investigators (PI) for external awards at their home institutions. The proposed project must designate one PI and one Co-PI, who meet the eligibility criteria, each employed by a different SUS institution.

A faculty member may submit only one application as PI or Co-PI per funding cycle but is not limited as a collaborator or team member on other projects.

Award Information

Approximately $750,000 is available for the 2017 calendar year from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity for awards. Budget for each award can be a maximum of $50,000 for one year. It is estimated that there will be 10 to 15 awards per solicitation. Awards may be renewed competitively for one additional year.

Applications that include matching funds from an institutional and/or industrial source will be given more weight during the review process. Matching can be in cash, academic release time for faculty members, or student stipends.

2017 Interest Topics

  • Cyber Mission Assurance (to protect or ensure the continued function and resilience of capabilities and assets through risk management)
  • Cyber Resilience (the ability of a system or domain to withstand attacks or failures, and in such events, to reestablish itself quickly)
  • Software Defined Networking
  • Securing Cloud Infrastructures
  • Security tools with a primary focus on machine learning
  • Defensive Cyber
  • Improving the Discovery and Retrieval of Relevant Knowledge/Intelligence Products
  • Medical Device Security
  • Insider Threat in the Cyber Domain
  • Securing the Internet of Things (IoT)

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity works with industry within Florida to come up with specialized topics that are of need. While we will put more priority on submitted proposals that deal with these specific topics, we encourage anyone interested in submitting a proposal to submit regardless of whether your topic follows these above topics.

Proposal Submissions

Submission Due Date: January 6, 2017
If you are interested in submitting a proposal, please contact us at Fc2seed@usf.edu.

For submission of your proposal, click here: http://www.research.usf.edu/cybersecurity/home.php

Since 2015, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity has awarded more than $1 million in seed awards to teams throughout the State University System of Florida.