All applicants to the program must be accredited, degree-granting academic institutions. The applicant may not be a United States FFRDC, National Laboratory, National Center, or National Facility operated by an academic institution for the US or foreign government, nor may a university perform research on behalf of one of these government organizations.

Our program's primary focus is the traditional academic departments of Electrical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, EECS, ECE, and Physics. Other university research labs, centers, and institutions will be evaluated for participation in our program on a case-by-case basis.