Faculty Grant Development and Mentoring Program

The goal of FORCCE-ATE (FORTifying Cybersecurity and Computing through ATE Grants) is to strengthen cybersecurity and computing technician education in community colleges across the nation, thereby building a stronger Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. The FORCCE-ATE Faculty Development and Mentoring-Coaching program is designed to educate participating community college teams about the National Science Foundation ATE program, to empower them to write competitive grant proposals, and to mentor/coach them through the otherwise daunting writing process. FORCCE-ATE includes many areas of cybersecurity and computing education, such as information technology, computer science, digital forensics, Cloud, IoT, data science, bioinformatics, AI/machine learning, and others.

FORCCE-ATE builds on a track record of success. The success rate of the June 2020 virtual Faculty Grant Development Workshop was 73%. Of the 11 community college teams that submitted proposals to the ATE program, eight received funding. 

Mentee Team

The mentee team is typically composed of two faculty members (e.g., cybersecurity, information technology, computer science, data science) and a grant writer. Optionally the team can be augmented with the department chair or an administrator.

Financial Support

Each of the two faculty members will be eligible to receive $250 for participating in the June 2022 workshop (in person or online). Additionally, each of the two faculty members is eligible to receive a travel stipend to attend the in-person portion of the June workshop. If faculty are located more than 70 miles from Prince George’s Community College (PGCC), they may receive up to $1,300 stipend or up to $850 stipend if less than 70 miles away. Grant writers and other team members are strongly encouraged to attend the online portion of the workshop.


The 2022 Faculty Grant Development Workshop will be held Monday, June 13-15, 2022 in a HyFlex modality (both Face-to-Face and online) at PGCC in Largo, MD.  Follow-on webinars will be held throughout the summer, depending on the needs of the mentee teams.

Online Application

The deadline for mentee colleges to apply is April 1, 2022 with preference given to teams that apply by March 1, 2022 or until all available slots are filled. The online application is available on the FORCCE-ATE website at


Contact Us

For more information, contact the FORCCE-ATE project team through our online form.


This material is based upon work supported by The National Science Foundation under ATE grant #2055250. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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