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CAE Application Website Is Now Closed

The CAE Application Website is now closed for submissions for the 2019 cycle .The Application Website will reopen for the 2020 cycle in October 2019. Program requirements and other resources can be found here. Please ensure for the 2020 cycle you are using the 2019 and Beyond KUs which can be found on the resource page. Please see an important notice to all applicants below:


Applicant Checklist

* While not mandatory, applicants that wish to take advantage of application assistance may complete the Applicant Checklist .  The checklist will guide the applicant through the program requirements and provide a self-assessment of readiness. Applicants that opt to receive support will have their checklist reviewed and will be referred to one of two assistance paths:


Program Development & Application Assistance

* Program Development Applicants who are assessed to require more than one year to be ready for designation will be assigned to Program Development.  In this phase, the applicant will have access to workshops, seminars and an advisor to help in their preparation for designation.  Schools in this phase will also be invited to programs and events hosted by the CAE Community (caecommunity.org) and have access to other resources offered by the Program Office only for the CAE audience.

* Application Assistance -  Applicants who are assessed to be within one year of readiness for designation will be assigned to Application Assistance.  In this phase, the applicant will work directly with a mentor to complete the application.

* Applicants that choose to opt out of Application Assistance must acknowledge that they do not wish to receive support via the Applicant Checklist.


CAE Naming Convention

National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity (CAE-C)

      - NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense (CAE-CD)

               * NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (Associate, Bachelor, Masters, Doctoral)  (CAE-CDE)

               * NSA/DHS National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Research (CAE-R)

      - National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cyber Operations (CAE-CO)


Have Questions? Contact Us!

For CAE questions, please email askCAEIAE@nsa.gov