The Metropolitan State University of Denver Office of Diversity and Inclusion encourages departments and offices to explore new funding opportunities available per the University’s Hispanic-Serving Institution status. Since becoming an HSI, the University has received four HSI grants, with a fifth pending, as well as $5.6 million in Cares Act funding for HSI/Minority-Serving Institutions. Faculty and staff members are invited to explore new opportunities with upcoming submission deadlines.

Manuel Del-Real, Ph.D.

“MSU Denver’s 12-year trajectory to receive HSI status reflects the intentionality of the University to prioritize HSI servingness as a high-level focus in the University Strategic Plan as well as its Diversity Strategic Plan,” said Manny Del Real, Ph.D., executive director of HSI Initiatives and Inclusion. “The University funding my position is also a reflection of the commitment to becoming a model HSI because I have not seen many (other institutions) with such roles.”

Del Real and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion team can provide departments and offices that are interested in pursuing HSI-related grant opportunities with funding to hire grant writers. Also, the HSI committee has reviewed logic models and provided feedback on grant proposals and can provide general support and guidance.


See upcoming grant opportunities:

2022 E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Partnerships and Public Engagement is accepting applications for the 2022 Hispanic-Serving Institutions Fellows through the E. Kika De La Garza Fellowship Program.

The fellowship will introduce faculty and staff members of HSIs to USDA resources available to them. Fellows will receive access to long-term-collaboration opportunities and then share what they learned with students and colleagues at their home institutions.

Eligible applicants are faculty or staff members at an HSI or Hispanic-Serving School District.


Available fellowships:

Science Fellowships for science faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions: Science fellows collaborate with leading scientists from either the U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service or Natural Resources Conservation Service. Participants attend a one-week program in Washington, D.C. (July 11-15) and, depending on their field of interest, spend an additional week at either a USDA ARS research center or with the USDA NRCS Soil Science Lab in Lincoln, Nebraska (July 18-22).

The application deadline is March 2. Please see the HSI (E. Kika De La Garza) Fellowship Program application for more information.

Contact Dan Wueste, Hispanic Serving Institutions National Internship Program acting program lead, at 202-302-2913 or [email protected] for more information.

NASA Increasing Participation of MSIs in Earth Science Division Surface-Based Measurement Networks

NASA has announced funding for its Increasing Participation of Minority Serving Institutions in Earth Science Division Surface-Based Measurement Networks. Surface-based measurement networks are an important component of the suite of observational capabilities employed by NASA’s Earth Science Division. They provide unique information about the properties of the Earth system and calibration/validation information in support of the satellites flown by the Earth Science Division and its domestic and international partners.

Notices of Intent to propose are requested by Feb. 9, and proposals are due March 16. For more information, visit the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System posting and direct questions to Barry Lefer at [email protected].

2022 Title VI National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships

The International and Foreign Language Education office at the U.S. Department of Education has announced the opening of competitions for the 2022 Title VI National Resource Centers and Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships programs.

The NRC Program provides grants to institutions of higher education or consortia of institutions of higher education to establish, strengthen and operate centers that will be national resources for teaching, training and research in modern foreign languages, area studies and international studies. The deadline is Feb. 14. Click here to apply.

U.S. Department of State’s IDEAS Program

The U.S. Department of State’s Increase and Diversify Education Abroad for U.S. Students (IDEAS) Program has announced the launch of its 2022 IDEAS small-grants competition. The competition assists U.S. colleges and universities in creating, diversifying and/or expanding their study-abroad programming in support of U.S. foreign-policy goals.

The IDEAS Program, formerly known as the Capacity Building Program for U.S. Study Abroad, is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and is supported in its implementation by World Learning. The deadline is Feb. 20. Click here to apply.

In addition to supporting grant submissions, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion has set forth several goals for 2022 that will improve operations, service, collaboration and more. These include:

  • Focusing on legislative efforts and policy
  • Improving the University’s HSI website, adding a grant structure and regular communications to better facilitate future proposals
  • Applying for the Seal of Excelencia (a three-year certificate for HSIs through Excelencia in Education)
  • Examining current qualitative and quantitative data to identify HSI goals and priorities for fiscal 2022-23