DEFENSE CIVILIAN TRAINING CORPS

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Opportunity ID:329760
Opportunity Number:FY2021-DCTC-FORECAST
Opportunity Title:DEFENSE CIVILIAN TRAINING CORPS
Opportunity Category:Discretionary
Opportunity Category Explanation:
Funding Instrument Type:Cooperative Agreement
Grant
Procurement Contract
Category of Funding Activity:Education
Category Explanation:
CFDA Number(s):12.006
Eligible Applicants:Public and State controlled institutions of higher education
Private institutions of higher education
Additional Information on Eligibility:
Agency Code:DOD
Agency Name:Department of Defense
Posted Date:Nov 09, 2020
Last Updated Date:Nov 18, 2020
Estimated Synopsis Post Date:Jan 27, 2021
Fiscal Year:2021
Award Ceiling:
Award Floor:
Estimated Total Program Funding:
Expected Number of Awards:20
Description:PLEASE NOTE THE RFI RESPONSE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 4 DECEMBER 2020. SAVE THE DATE: DECEMBER 15, 2020 VIRTUAL INDUSTRY DAY VIA MICROSOFT TEAMS TIME: 1300-1600 EASTERN TIME Please provide your list of attendees and any questions you have regarding this opportunity to [email protected], [email protected], [email protected] no later than 10 December 2020. An agenda will be forthcoming. Once we've received your questions and list of attendees, you will receive an email with subsequent instructions for this virtual event. _____________________________________________________________________________________________________________ PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE RFI BY 4 DECEMBER 2020 TO THE GRANTS OFFICER MS. KATIE E. FREEMAN, [email protected] IF YOU REQUIRE AN EXTENSION, PLEASE CONTACT THE GRANTS OFFICER DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL. DEFENSE CIVILIAN TRAINING CORPS NOTE: THE CFDA NUMBER DESIGNATED TO THIS FORECAST WILL CHANGE. THE CFDA NUMBER IS TEMPORARY AND A NEW CFDA NUMBER WILL BE ASSIGNED TO THIS PROGRAM. Congress, through section 860 of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 directs the Secretary of Defense (SECDEF) to establish and maintain a Defense Civilian Training Corps (DCTC) program, organized into one or more units, at any accredited civilian educational institution authorized to grant baccalaureate degrees. The purpose of the program is to establish a civilian training corps to prepare selected students for public service in DoD occupations relating to acquisition, science, engineering, or other civilian occupations determined by the Secretary of Defense, and to target critical skill gaps. DCTC will leverage the significant experience the DoD has attracting and preparing top talent for highly technical careers in service to our nation as both military and civilian members of the Department through the Senior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (SROTC) and the Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation Scholarship-for-Service (SMART) program. Just as SROTC has a military science curriculum, DCTC will have an undergraduate curriculum centered on public service in the DoD and designed to align the student’s academic courses of study with a DCTC curriculum providing opportunity for exposure emerging technologies and opportunity to apply Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) knowledge to current technical challenges facing the DoD. The DCTC will employ internships alongside a robust slate of projects as well as opportunities fostering innovation and competition across DCTC units in the program. As a scholarship-based program providing a direct path to a STEM and public service career, DCTC will draw from a diverse population and be a natural educational capstone to nation-wide kindergarten through grade 12 (K-12) STEM programs. With a strong corps framework, DCTC will stand apart from other scholarship programs, inspiring a diverse and talented applicant pool. DCTC graduates will strengthen DoD’s human capital environment, contributing a uniquely-trained cohort experienced in STEM and DoD technical challenges, and growing the DCTC model into a prestigious pipeline for STEM and other critical DoD needs. DoD plans to implement the DCTC program in three phases. The first DCTC unit must be deployed by August 2021, expanding to a total of five units must by August 2022, and, finally a total of 20 units must be deployed by 2023. Provided for as background is the August 2020 DCTC Implementation Plan provided to Congress. In addition, a notional four year program is provided. This RFI is seeking information from educational institutions to help assess the program’s viability and use the data to improve the implementation plan in the following area: Level of institutional interest in DCTC participation, Assessment of institutional selection criteria, and Coronavirus impact on higher education. FULL DETAILS CAN BE FOUND IN THE RELATED DOCUMENTS TAB. PLEASE PROVIDE YOUR RESPONSE TO THE RFI BY 4 DECEMBER 2020 TO THE GRANTS OFFICER IDENTIFIED BELOW. IF YOU REQUIRE AN EXTENSION, PLEASE CONTACT THE GRANTS OFFICER DIRECTLY VIA EMAIL.
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Modification Comments:THE RFI RESPONSE DATE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO 4 DECEMBER 2020 AND PROVIDES A NOTICE FOR AN UPCOMING VIRTUAL INDUSTRY DAY.





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