Q: What is the purpose of NEEC?
A: NEEC provides research funding for relevant research at academic institutions and provides opportunities for students to participate in hands-on research during the academic year to develop their technical skills.
Q: What kind of student is NEEC seeking to reach?
A: Students with the best opportunities to succeed are pursuing an accredited technical degree and have a strong interest in working for a Navy Lab or center.
Q: What kinds of degrees are desired by Navy labs?
A: NEEC is for students Bachelor, Master or PhD degrees from a variety of accredited science or engineering programs. New employees also get on-the-job training in technical fields that align to their disciplines and level of education.
Q: How can academic institutions participate in NEEC?
A: To start, research professors should prepare a white paper to address a BAA topic. If the white paper is of interest, a request for proposal will be made. The latest BAA topics and other guidance can be found at www.fbo.gov (type “NEEC” into the keyword search).
Q: How can students participate in NEEC?
A: Students at an academic institution should discuss participation with their advisors or professors – ask them to get involved -- if they aren’t already!.
Q: Does NEEC provide opportunities for non-US citizens?
A: For students, no. A major tenet for NEEC is to hire graduating engineers and scientists that are able to obtain a security clearance only available to US citizens. Research faculty submitting white papers and proposals do not have to be U.S. citizens.
Q: Will the Navy provide formal training and education after I become an employee?
A: Yes! Employees are encouraged continue training and formal education through Navy programs that provide funding for books and tuition.