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The Department of Defense today announced the award of a five-year cooperative agreement worth up to $450 million to the Logistics Management Institute (LMI) to administer the scholarship in Science, Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART) from the ministry. program for service. Additional support for the LMI team will be provided by iTechAG, Scholarship America, and Ernst and Young.

“This agreement will help the department maintain a strong, technical and diverse workforce,” said Barbara McQuiston, deputy director of technology for science and technology. “SMART is one of the Department’s largest science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs and provides an excellent pathway from academia to the DoD workforce.”

The DoD employs nearly 300,000 STEM professionals. The National Defense Strategy has identified the creation of sustainable benefits as a key focus of effort. The DoD prioritizes investments in one of the Department’s most valuable resources: a talented, competitive workforce equipped with the knowledge, skills, and abilities to meet the science and technology challenges of the 21st century. The Department strives to build the future STEM workforce by providing unique educational opportunities for students and educators of all ages and demographics.

The highly competitive SMART program awards full scholarships at any phase of an academic’s education at a regionally accredited US college or university. The program sponsors undergraduate, master’s and doctoral studies in 21 academic disciplines critical to national security. Upon graduation, SMART Fellows can access federal government employment at DoD research labs, engineering centers, and other DoD-sponsored facilities. The duration of the scholarships can vary from a minimum of one year to a maximum of five years. The service commitment is one year of DoD employment for each academic year of SMART funding. Since its inception in 2006, the program has awarded more than 4,200 scholarships.

SMART is executed within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E), which provides oversight and management of the SMART program on behalf of the Secretary of Defense. Through the agreement Cooperation, OUSD(R&E), DoD Components, Participating DoD Facilities, and LMI will work collaboratively to administer the five foundational elements of the SMART program:

  • Assist the SMART Program Office in administering the program.
  • Maintain a database and web user interface for successful administration and management of the SMART program.
  • Develop an outreach strategy to educate stakeholders about the program, with a particular focus on building engagement with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), minority institutions (IMs), and other academic institutions underserved.
  • Ensuring the payment of tuition fees and stipends for scholarship recipients.
  • Conduct independent program evaluations to assess progress and identify gaps and opportunities for growth.

To learn more about the SMART Scholarship Program and participating DoD Sponsorship Facilities, visit The application period for the 2023 cohort of SMART Scholars began on August 1, 2022 and closes on December 1, 2022. More information can be found on the website.

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