Critical Infrastructure Protection Grants Program (CIPGP)
of the National Institute of Standards and Technology
has had a tremendous amount of interest during the programís
first year. The objective of the CIPGP is improvement
of the robustness, resilience, and security information
in all the critical infrastructures. This is to be accomplished
by funding research leading to commercial solutions
to those information technology security problems central
to critical infrastructure protection.
FY01, the CIPGP had received 133 proposals requesting
roughly $73M. Since only $5M was made available this
was a very competitive program. After a thorough review
process, we were able to select nine proposals for full
or partial funding. For a list of FY01 awards click
Congress has not approved FY02 funding. Although, a
variety of bills have been introduced into the House
that could authorize funding, future funding is not
guaranteed. In the event that additional funding does
become available, details on grants applications will
be posted on this website.
Critical infrastructures are those physical
and cyber-based systems essential to the minimum operations
of the economy and government. They include telecommunications,
energy, banking and finance, transportation, water systems
and emergency services.
to advances in information technology (IT) and the necessity
of improved efficiency, infrastructures have become
increasingly automated and interlinked. Most modern
commercial infrastructures are composed of a collection
of interconnected networks that serve different purposes
and have different owners. Indeed, even parts of the
information resident on a single sub-network may have
different purposes and different owners. Critical information
is passed between these component elements to coordinate
necessary functions. The complexity and interdependency
of this critical information flow introduces vulnerabilities
into the entire critical infrastructure. Deliberate
attacks or accidental system failure may result in serious
consequences to the nation.
research should investigate innovative approaches and
techniques that lead to or enable significant advances
in the state-of-the-art of IT security applicable to
commercial critical infrastructures. Integrated solution
sets embodying significant technological advances are
strongly encouraged over narrowly defined research endeavors.
We encourage proposals involving cooperation among academic
and commercial groups.
order to provide satisfactory infrastructure security,
additional research must be conducted on the unique
infrastructure security problems. The United States
Government has sponsored considerable research in the
area of computer security for military and intelligence
systems. Some of this research applies to the critical
infrastructure problem, but much remains to be done.
The new grants program, administered by NIST, will target
infrastructure IT security issues applicable to civilian
and commercial systems.
details are contained in the Federal
Register Notice. Please note that the Federal Register
Notice pertains to the FY01 and FY02 competitions which
are already closed.