NEEC offers students who may be interested in pursuing civilian science and engineering careers with the Navy the opportunity to investigate real Navy challenges while working hand-in-hand with university faculty and Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) Warfare Center Mentors.
Most NEEC projects are funded for 3 years – which aligns with the time frame for students to participate in project-based research. Projects are put in place for professors and students to conduct hands-on research in tandem with NAVSEA Warfare Center mentors.
NEEC’s collective goal is to connect motivated students with employment opportunities with one of the ten NAVSEA Warfare Center Divisions located across the nation. Professors who participate in NEEC research are providing students opportunities to work on projects of interest and importance to the U.S. Navy.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is the purpose of NEEC?
A: NEEC provides funding for (1) relevant research at academic institutions and (2) identifying students who have a strong interest and ability to obtain employment at a Navy lab.
Q: How can academic institutions participate in NEEC?
Research professors should submit a grant proposal to address a Broad Area Announcement (BAA) topic. The latest BAA topics and other guidance can be found at grants.gov (type “NEEC” into the keyword search). The BAA is posted in the fall.
Q: Does NEEC provide opportunities for non-US citizens?
A: Unfortunately, no. A major tenet of NEEC is to hire graduating engineers and scientists who are eligible to obtain a security clearance that is only available to U.S. citizens.
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