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Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Grants


National Science Foundation (NSF): Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation

Deadline: November 20, 2020

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program.  The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention referenced in the 2005 LSAMP program evaluation.   The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.  LSAMP's efforts to increase diversity in STEM are aligned with the goals of the Federal Government's five-year strategic plan for STEM education. More information.


US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program

Deadline: December 23, 2020 – Faculty Team Member; February 14, 2021 – Student Team Member; February 21, 2021 – Team Applications.

The purpose of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Summer Research Team (SRT) Program is to increase and enhance the scientific leadership at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in research areas that support the mission and goals of DHS. This program provides faculty and student research teams with the opportunity to conduct research at university-based DHS Centers of Excellence (DHS Centers). This year's participating centers are: Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC); Borders, Trade, and Immigration Institute (BTI); Center for Accelerating Operational Efficiency (CAOE); Center of Excellence for Cross Border Threat Screening and Supply Chain Defense (CBTS); Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis (CINA); Critical Infrastructure Resilience Institute (CIRI); Coastal Resilience Center (CRC); Maritime Security Center (MSC). The program requires teams to be composed of one faculty member and up to two students (undergraduate and/or graduate level). Appointments will not be made to teams with no student member(s) or to teams without a faculty member. Award ceiling: $50,000; Faculty: $1,200/week; Graduate students: $700/week; Undergraduate students: $600/week. More information.


National Science Foundation Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic Serving Institutions (IUSE: HSI)


Deadline: January 13, 2021 (Track 1 and Track 2); February 10, 2021 (Track 3)

  •  Track 1: Planning or Pilot Projects (PPP) ranging from $200K to $400K
  •  Track 2: Implementation and Evaluation Projects (IEP) ranging from $500K to $1M; 
  •  Track 3: Institutional Transformation Projects (ITP) up to $3M: 

Projects supported by the HSI Program are expected to be evidence-based as well as generate new knowledge about how to enhance undergraduate STEM education to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in STEM fields at HSIs. The HSI Program is interested in the successful advancement of undergraduates at HSIs through critical transitions, including the transition from lower-division to upper-division coursework. The HSI Program also encourages projects that develop mutually beneficial cross-sector partnerships (e.g., industry-academic partnerships) that enhance STEM teaching and learning, and workforce development. Projects may also develop teaching and learning strategies and models in STEM. In addition, the HSI Program seeks to build capacity to enhance undergraduate STEM education at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding. HSI Program proposals should include a research plan, a project evaluation plan, and a dissemination plan. More information.


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants (HSI) Program

Deadline: January 26, 2021

This competitive grant program is intended to promote and strengthen the ability of Hispanic-Serving Institutions to carry out higher education programs in the food and agricultural sciences. Programs aim to attract outstanding students and produce graduates capable of enhancing the Nation's food and agricultural scientific and professional work force. Range of awards is $50,000 - $1 million. More information.


United States Department of Commerce (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Education EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program

Deadline: January 31, 2021

The EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship provides funds for two years of undergraduate study to rising junior undergraduate students majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields that directly support NOAA's mission. Participants conduct research at a NOAA facility during two paid summer internships. Since 2001, over 186 students have completed the program and over 75% go on to graduate school. Students receive awards valued at up to $45,000 in total support (including travel and conference participation) during their junior and senior years. Students complete an 11-week paid summer internship and training at NOAA in Silver Spring, MD, between May and July of the first summer. During the second summer, students complete a 10-week paid internship at NOAA facilities across the country. Students are paid a stipend and receive a housing allowance during summer internships. At the end of both summer internships, students present the results of their projects at an Education and Science Symposium in Silver Spring, MD (travel expenses paid). Award ceiling: Students receive awards valued at up to $45,000 in total support. More information. Additional NOAA MSI programs.  


US Department of Education Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program, Title V, Part A


Anticipated Deadline: February, 2021

The Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist HSIs to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. These grants also enable HSIs to expand and enhance their academic offerings, program quality, and institutional stability. Funds may be used for activities such as: scientific or laboratory equipment for teaching; construction or renovation of instructional facilities; faculty development; purchase of educational materials; academic tutoring or counseling programs; funds and administrative management; joint use of facilities; endowment funds; distance learning academic instruction; teacher education; and student support services. Award range: $500,000 - $600,000/year for 5-year program. More information.


NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

LIMITED SUBMISSION PROGRAM (An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline): APPROVAL FROM COMMITTEE REQUIRED

Deadline: March 31, 2021

The NSF S-STEM program addresses the need for a high-quality STEM workforce and for the increased success of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Recognizing that financial aid alone cannot increase retention and graduation in STEM, the program provides awards to Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) to fund scholarships and to advance the adaptation, implementation, and study of effective evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities that support recruitment, retention, transfer (if appropriate), student success, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM. The S-STEM program encourages collaborations among different types of participating groups, including but not limited to partnerships among different types of institutions; collaborations of STEM faculty and institutional, educational, and social science researchers; and partnerships among institutions of higher education and business, industry, local community organizations, national labs, or other federal or state government organizations, if appropriate.  The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how  interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect  the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM. Scholars must be low-income, academically talented students with unmet financial need who are enrolled in an associate, baccalaureate or graduate degree program, with a major in an S-STEM eligible discipline. The S-STEM program particularly encourages proposals from 2-year institutions, Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), tribal colleges and universities, and urban and rural public institutions. Award range: $650,000 - $5 millionMore information.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Deadline: April 14, 2021

The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members.  Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences. This program offers applicants flexibility in project types and award periods.  Common to all projects must be humanities research. The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full time, part time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  Awards support individuals who work between half time and full time on their projects. Projects may be at any stage of development. Award range: $5,000 month; $60,000 maximum. More information.


United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP)

Deadline: May 17, 2021

USDA/NIFA administers this federal assistance grant program to recruit and support undergraduate students to educate them in national need areas of the Food, Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Human (FANH) Sciences, or in rural economic, community, and business development. The purpose of the Higher Education Multicultural Scholars Program (MSP) is to provide scholarships to support recruiting, engaging, retaining, mentoring, and training committed multicultural scholars, resulting in either baccalaureate degrees within the FANH disciplines or Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) degrees. The scholarships are intended to encourage outstanding students from groups that are historically underrepresented and underserved to pursue and complete baccalaureate degrees in FANH Sciences that would lead to a diverse and highly skilled work force. Through these scholarships, the goal of the MSP is to increase the participation of any group historically underrepresented in USDA mission areas and prepare them for the professional and scientific workforce in these areas. NIFA is soliciting applications for student education that will: Prepare graduates to meet the demand for highly qualified personnel entering the workforce related to the FANH sciences; Support more undergraduates in transitioning to graduate education in USDA mission sciences; Contribute to the reduction of the disparity among underrepresented and underserved populations entering graduate schools to better reflect the demographics of the U.S. and enable higher education to remain globally competitive; promote student success within FANH disciplines at the undergraduate level; and focus on social support structure, and professional mentoring to ensure entry into FANH science areas and completion of graduate education or high level of competitiveness for the workforce. In addition to coursework and related experiences that prepare students for graduation, grantee institutions will be expected to identify and develop opportunities through partnerships with food and agricultural research programs at other academic institutions, and cooperate with public and private entities, to ensure MSP scholars are exposed to a wide spectrum of careers in the FANH sciences. Only the following are eligible to apply: Land-Grant Institutions, Colleges and universities having significant minority enrollments, other colleges and universities, and Institutes or research foundations maintained by an eligible college or university. Award range: $20,000 - $200,000. More information.


National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions

Deadline: May 20, 2021

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration, and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projectsAward range: $150,000 maximum. More information.


Department of Defense Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MSI): Science and Technology and other Research and Development

Deadline: Open; Applications closing date: April 30, 2024

The CCDC ARL invites applications/proposals from covered educational institutions for research and education programs that will meet the following objectives: a. Enhance research and engineering capabilities in areas important to national defense; b. Increase the number of graduates in STEM disciplines; and c. Encourage research and education collaborations with other institutions of higher education and with defense organizations. Support for research, development, testing, evaluation, or educational enhancements will be through the competitive awarding of grants or cooperative agreements. Award ceiling: $100 million. More information.


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