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U.S. Department of Energy: Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program

Deadline: March 19, 2018

The Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP) seeks to enhance the participation of Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), and Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to increase representation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in these disciplines in the public and private sectors throughout the country, including the Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) National Nuclear Security Administration Office of Science (NNSA) complex, particularly National Laboratories. An additional purpose of this program is to enhance the “sustainability” of the HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs in STEM disciplines.

The term “sustainability” means increasing the capacity of the MSIs in technical areas by providing opportunities to do basic research and partner with DOE/NNSA laboratories in developing the skill and knowledge of their faculty and students, merging academic study with practical work experience for students majoring in relevant STEM fields and related disciplines to create pool of talented students to explore and understand professional practices within DOE, NNSA and the Federal government.

The DOE/NNSA will consider applications for university-led projects which can address one or more of the STEM topic areas outlined below.

  • Biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields)
  • Physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science)
  • Mathematical sciences
  • Computer and information sciences
  • Engineering
  • Technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, engineering technology, information technology, etc.)

The key objectives are to:

  • Strengthen the research and education capabilities of Minority Serving Institutions in the above-mentioned topic areas
  • Encourage minority students to excel in science, technology, engineering and math by providing them with practical experience and training through applicable research projects
  • Enlarge the scientific, technical, and market development knowledge and resource base in the above-mentioned topic areas

Amount: An estimated $15,000,000-$21,000,000 is expected to be available to make up to seven awards that range from $500,000-$1,000,000 per year for a project period of three years.

Eligibility: Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) as educational entities recognized by the Office of Civil Rights (OCR), U.S. Department of Education, and identified on the OCR’s Department of Education U.S. accredited post-secondary minorities institution list: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/edlite-minorityinst.html.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=300492

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