Florida Center for Cybersecurity

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

Submission Deadline and Guidelines

The deadline for proposal submissions for 2018 has passed. Proposals are currently under review, and awardees will be announced soon.

If you have questions or would like additional information, contact us at FC2seed@usf.edu.

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 at least one Co-PI, each of whom meets the eligibility criteria and each employed by a different SUS institution.

A faculty member may submit only one application as PI or Co-PI per funding cycle, but he or she may serve as a collaborator or team member on other projects within that cycle.

Award Information

A total of $750,000 is available from the Florida Center for Cybersecurity for the 2018 Collaborative Seed Award Program. Individual project awards can be up to $75,000. Awardees may apply for renewed funding 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 funds may include but are not limited to cash, academic release time for faculty members, and student stipends.

2018 Interest Topics

The Florida Center for Cybersecurity works with Florida industry to identify topics of interest. While we will prioritize proposals that deal with these specific topics, we encourage proposals focused on other interest areas as well.

  • Cloud Computing Security
  • Cyber-Physical Systems Security and the Internet of Things
  • Autonomous Cybersecurity Systems
  • Securing the Mobile Workforce
  • Security-Focused Systems Design
  • Predictive Analytics for Cybersecurity
  • Human-Centered Design for Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Situational Understanding and Visualization
  • Attribution of Network/Internet Disruptive Events
  • Insider Threat
  • Cybersecurity Education
  • Blockchain
  • Cybersecurity as a Driver of New Power Structures
Emerging Interest Areas
  • Quantum Cryptography
  • Cryptocurrency
  • Privacy and Security
  • Artificial Intelligence


Since 2015, the Florida Center for Cybersecurity has awarded more than $1.6 million to research teams throughout the State University System of Florida.