Department of Defense Announces Request for Information on STEM Community College and Relevant Partners Consortium

Arlington, VA – The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), is pleased to announce a request for information (RFI) on future science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) efforts under the National Defense Education Program (NDEP).  This RFI will focus on STEM education at two-year institutions and community colleges, including: (1) transitioning students from two-year community college STEM programs to STEM degree programs at four-year institutions through a consortium-based approach; and, (2) preparing an agile and diverse workforce through technical training and certificate programs and supporting those programs through collaborative partnerships and consortia.

DoD leaders are invested in developing an exceptional STEM talent pool to meet the Department’s unique mission.  Toward this end, the DoD STEM program fosters pathways that connect to a continuum of enriching educational and workforce development opportunities, positioning the current and future DoD workforce to tackle evolving defense technological challenges.

All interested organizations are eligible to respond to this RFI.  While not tied to funding, this RFI may inform future efforts and/or shape efforts and priorities in NDEP.  Questions regarding the RFI should be submitted to: by August 23, 2021, and will be answered via the RFI posting at:

Responses to the RFI should be submitted to: by September 10, 2021.

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OUSD(R&E) is responsible for research, development, and prototyping activities across DoD. OUSD(R&E) fosters technological dominance to ensure the unrivaled superiority of the American joint force. Learn more at: or follow us on Twitter: @DoDCTO.

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