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


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Agriculture and Food Research Initiative - Education and Workforce Development (EWD)

Deadline: July 1, 2021

EWD focuses on developing the next generation of research, education, and extension professionals in the food and agricultural sciences. In FY 2021, EWD invites applications in seven areas: agricultural workforce training; professional development for agricultural literacy; training of undergraduate students in research and extension; fellowships for predoctoral candidates; fellowships for postdoctoral scholars, a new program for food and agricultural non-formal education, and a FY 2021-only program for evaluation of NIFA’s agricultural literacy and workforce development portfolio.  Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply. Award range: $1 million maximum. More information.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Racial Equity in STEM Education (EHR Racial Equity)

Deadlines: July 13, 2021; October 12, 2021; March 22, 2022

*Prospective PIs are encouraged to send a one-page concept paper in advance of submitting a proposal.  

The National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) seeks to support bold, ground-breaking, and potentially transformative projects addressing systemic racism in STEM. Proposals should advance racial equity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and workforce development through research and practice.  Core to this funding opportunity is that proposals are led by, or developed and led in authentic partnership with, individuals and communities most impacted by the inequities caused by systemic racism.  Proposals funded by this Program Description will: (1) advance the science and promotion of racial equity in STEM, (2) substantively contribute to removing systemic  barriers that impact STEM education, the STEM workforce, and scientific advancement, (3) institutionalize effective and inclusive environments for STEM learning, STEM research, and STEM professionals,  (4) diversify the project leadership (PIs and co-PIs), institutions, ideas, and approaches that NSF funds, and (5) expand the array of epistemologies, perspectives, and experiences in STEM. Award range not available. More information.


US Department of Education Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program

Deadline: Anticipated July 15, 2021; Federal Register Announcement anticipated June, 2021

This program assists predominantly minority institutions in effecting long-range improvement in science and engineering education programs and increasing the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into science and engineering careers. The program funds are generally used to implement design projects, institutional projects, and cooperative projects. The program also supports special projects designed to provide or improve support to accredited nonprofit colleges, universities, and professional scientific organizations for a broad range of activities that address specific barriers that eliminate or reduce the entry of minorities into science and technology fields. Award range not available. More information.

 National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

Deadlines: July 21, 2021 (Level 1, 2, 3, and Capacity-Building Proposals)

                  January 19, 2022 (Level 1 and Capacity-Building Proposals)

The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.  The program is open to application from all institutions of higher education and associated organizations. NSF places high value on educating students to be leaders and innovators in emerging and rapidly changing STEM fields as well as educating a scientifically literate public. In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. IUSE: EHR also seeks to support projects that have high potential for broader societal impacts, including improved diversity of students and instructors participating in STEM education, professional development for instructors to ensure adoption of new and effective pedagogical techniques that meet the changing needs of students, and projects that promote institutional partnerships for collaborative research and development. Award ranges: Level 1 - up to $300,000 for up to three years;  Level 2 - $300,001 to $600,00 for up to three years;  Level 3 - 600,001 to $2 million for up to five years; Capacity Building - $150,000 (single institution) or $300,000 (multiple institutions) for up to two years. More information.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Deadline: July 26, 2021

The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply. Award range: $1 million maximum. More information.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions  (HSI Program)

Deadline: August 25, 2021 - LIMITED SUBMISSION

The goals of the HSI program are to enhance the quality of undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and to increase the recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of students pursuing associate's or baccalaureate degrees in STEM. Achieving these, given the diverse nature and context of the HSIs, requires additional strategies that support building capacity at HSIs through innovative approaches: to incentivize institutional and community transformation; and to promote fundamental research (i) on engaged student learning, (ii) about what it takes to diversify and increase participation in STEM effectively, and (iii) that improves our understanding of how to build institutional capacity at HSIs. Intended outcomes of the HSI Program include broadening participation of students that are historically underrepresented in STEM and expanding students’ pathways to continued STEM education and integration into the STEM workforce. Award range: 2.5 million maximum. More information.


National Science Foundation (NSF) CISE Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI)

Deadline: December 14, 2021 - Letter of Intent; January 27, 2022, Full Proposal

The Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE) Community Research Infrastructure (CCRI) program drives discovery and learning in the core CISE disciplines of the three participating divisions: Computing and Communication Foundations (CCF), Computer and Network Systems (CNS), and Information and Intelligent Systems (IIS), by funding the creation and enhancement of world-class research infrastructure. This research infrastructure will specifically support diverse communities of CISE researchers pursuing focused research agendas in computer and information science and engineering. Through the CCRI program, CISE seeks to ensure that researchers from a diverse range of institutions of higher education (IHEs), including minority-serving and predominantly undergraduate institutions, as well as researchers from non-profit, non-academic organizations, have access to such infrastructure. Award range: $ million maximum. More information.


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI)

Deadline: Anticipated January, 2022

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program seeks to: (a) strengthen institutional educational capacities to develop and enhance curriculum, faculty, instruction delivery systems, and infrastructure including libraries and scientific instrumentation, in order to respond and serve the needs of underrepresented students in identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences; (b) recruit, retain, and support undergraduate and graduate students from underrepresented groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; (c) facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions or between Hispanic-Serving Institutions and public or the private sector, in order to maximize the development and use of resources and to improve the food and agricultural sciences teaching programs. Award range: $50,000 - $1 million. More information.


US Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) Women and Minorities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Fields Program (WAMS)

Deadline: Anticipated January, 2022

The purpose of this program is to support research, education/teaching, and extension projects that increase participation by women and underrepresented minorities from rural areas in STEM. NIFA intends this program to address educational needs within broadly defined areas of food and agricultural sciences. Applications recommended for funding must highlight and emphasize the development of a competent and qualified workforce in the food and agricultural sciences. WAMS-funded projects improve the economic health and viability of rural communities by developing research and extension initiatives that focus on new and emerging employment opportunities in STEM occupations. Projects that contribute to the economic viability of rural communities are also encouraged. Award range: $100,000 maximum. More information.


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

Deadline: Anticipated February 2022; LIMITED SUBMISSION

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. Award range: $3 million maximum. More information.


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

Deadline: Anticipated February, 2022

The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to increase the multicultural diversity of the food and agricultural scientific and professional workforce, and advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities. Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply. Award range: $20,000 -$200,000. More information.


National Science Foundation (NSF) Build and Broaden 2.0:  Enhancing Social, Behavioral and Economic Science Research and Capacity at Minority-Serving Institutions (B2 2.0)

Deadline: Anticipated March 2022

Build and Broaden 2.0 (B2 2.0) encourages research collaborations between scholars at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and scholars in other institutions or organizations. It is designed specifically for impact at MSIs. Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any of the scientific areas supported by SBE, including: anthropology, archaeology, cognitive neuroscience, decision science, ecological research, economics, geography, linguistics, law and science, organizational behavior, political science, public policy, security and preparedness, psychology, and sociology. Award range: $2 million 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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