Announcement / October 2021

CLTC Issues Fall 2021 Request for Proposals

The Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity is proud to announce our seventh annual Request for Proposals (RFP). As outlined in the official RFP, the Center seeks to fund UC Berkeley graduate student researchers on a wide range of security issues, with a focus on a handful of core priority areas, including:

  • Cyber talent pipeline, human capital, and education
  • Security implications of artificial intelligence and machine learning
  • Cybersecurity governance and regulatory regimes
  • Protecting vulnerable individuals and organizations online
  • Security implications of emerging technologies (e.g 5G Networks, Quantum Computing)
  • Political, market, and legal ‘shapers’ of cybersecurity outcomes
  • Behavioral and ‘usable’ cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity representations, culture, and public dialogue (including art of any medium)
  • Cybersecurity in the health sector

“The primary goal of this RFP is to support graduate student researchers at UC Berkeley who are looking to expand and refine understandings of — and means of intervening in — the cybersecurity problem space, broadly defined,” the RFP explains. “CLTC will consider proposals in all domains relevant to cybersecurity. The openness of that statement is intentional, as we continue to expand the range of disciplines and types of expertise and knowledge that can be brought to bear.”

Proposals may seek up to $25,000 in funding. Awards for projects that pursue an exploratory study, a capstone project, a small pilot or other means of ‘prospecting’ a problem area are more likely to be funded under $10,000. Awards for more mature projects with defined boundaries, clear outcomes, and anticipated impact are more likely to be funded in the $15,000-$25,000 range. Proposals for renewal funding for projects previously supported by CLTC will be considered in this category.

This RFP is limited to proposals from graduate student researchers, both individuals and teams. All proposals must have a Project Lead who will be enrolled in a graduate degree at UC Berkeley during the grant term January-December 2021. We especially welcome proposals that address both technical and non-technical components, although it is not required. We encourage researchers with questions about the relevance of their ideas to discuss with us how to make the case.

Proposals are due on Sunday, November 7, 2021 by 11:59pm PDT.

Click here to view the Request for Proposals