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Grant Opportunities

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Research/Outreach Grants

Agency Program Title Program Description Award Amount Agency Deadline
NSF IUSE - HSI The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at HSIs. In addition, the HSI Program seeks to build capacity in undergraduate STEM education at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the HSI Program in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329). The HSI Program is aligned with NSF's commitment to increase access for underrepresented groups to the Nation's STEM enterprise. $15K Third Wednesday in September, Annually
NEH Humanities Initiatives at HSIs NEH Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions help strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities by developing new humanities programs, resources, or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. $100K 06/25/2020
NSF Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) The Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) program seeks to advance knowledge about models to improve pathways to the professoriate and success for historically underrepresented minority doctoral students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty, particularly African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders, in specific STEM disciplines and/or STEM education research fields.  $2M 2nd Friday in December, annually
NSF NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) The National Science Foundation (NSF) Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) program addresses the need for a high quality STEM workforce in STEM disciplines supported by the program 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)
Limited: An Institution may submit one proposal from each constituent school or college that awards degrees in an S-STEM eligible discipline.
$650K to $5M depending on Track (3 Tracks total) Last Wednesday in March, Annually
NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) NSF INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) discoveries and innovations by focusing on broadening participation in these fields at scale. The vision of NSF INCLUDES is to catalyze the STEM enterprise to collaboratively work for inclusive change, which will result in a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the Nation.  $8.5M  
NSF Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.
Limited number of lead institutions per project. Please see RFP for additional information.
Varies based on particular project type ($22M for up to 40 awards) 1st, 3rd, and last Friday in November, annually 
Office of Naval Research (ONR) HBCU/MI Faculty Start-up Program in Materials This program enhances infrastructure for historically black colleges and universities and minority institutions (HBCU/MIs) by providing start-up funding for new, untenured faculty members whose teaching and research impact Department of Defense (DoD) needs in materials science/engineering. $100K - 200K The submission window opens 01/01/2020 and closes 05/01/2020
NSF Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials (PREM) The DMR Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials Research (PREM) program aims to enable, build, and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DMR-supported centers and/or facilities to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment (which defines the PREM pathway) by members of those groups most underrepresented in materials research, and at the same time support excellent research and education endeavors that strengthen such partnerships. $1.5M - 3.5M  
NSF Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) & HBCU Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) The Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology (CREST) program provides support to enhance the research capabilities of minority-serving institutions (MSI) through the establishment of centers that effectively integrate education and research. MSIs of higher education denote institutions that have undergraduate enrollments of 50% or more (based on total student enrollment) of members of minority groups underrepresented among those holding advanced degrees in science and engineering fields: African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.
Limited number of lead institutions per project. Please see RFP for additional information.
$600k - 6M  Varies on particular program
NIH Research Centers in Minority Institutions  The purpose of the Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Program is to expand the national capacity for research in the health sciences by providing cooperative agreement support to institutions that offer doctorate degrees in the health professions or in a health-related science and have a historical and current commitment to educating underrepresented students, and for institutions that deliver health care services, providing clinical services to medically underserved communities. $1.5M - 3M  
USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program (HSI) This competitive grants 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.
Limited: An institution may not submit more than two Collaboration, and two Conference applications to this program, as a lead institution. There is no limit on the number of Regular applications to be submitted by an institution.
$50K - 1M Regular Grants Deadline: 01/28/2020
Collaboration Grants Deadline: 01/29/2020
Conference Grants Deadline: 01/30/2020
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Developing HSIs (DHSI)  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. $650K Application available: 12/27/2019
Application deadline: 02/24/2020
USDA - NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a state, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.  $30K - 750K FY 2020: 03/23/2020
FY 2021: 03/23/2021
NSF IUSE/Professional Formation of Engineers: REvolutionizing engineering and computer science Departments (IUSE/PFE: RED) Revolutionizing Engineering Departments (RED) is designed to build upon previous efforts
in engineering education research. 
Limited: An eligible institution may submit a maximum of two proposals
$4M-8M 02/07/2020
U.S. Department of Education (DOE) Strengthening Institutions Program The program helps eligible IHEs to become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve low-income students by providing funds to improve and strengthen the academic quality, institutional management, and fiscal stability of eligible institutions. $2M - 3.2M Application available: 06/19/2019
Application deadline: 07/19/2019
Generally, invitations to applications for SIP grants are every other year
Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Minority Serving Institutions Centers of Excellence The MSI program is helping to build a cadre of university students and faculty who are well-qualified, diverse and ready to enter the homeland security science and engineering workforce. The three MSI program initiatives, which are closely linked with the DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs), provide the homeland security community with a more diverse pool of high achieving students who bring valuable insight and understanding to complex homeland security challenges. Center lead - $35M Center Partner - $500K Closed 8/4/2017
NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE: GEOPATHS) NSF's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, launched in Fiscal Year 2014, supports a coherent set of investments to address immediate challenges and opportunities that are facing undergraduate STEM education, as well as those that anticipate new structures (e.g. organizational changes, new methods for certification or credentialing, course re-conception, cyberlearning, etc.) and new functions of the undergraduate learning and teaching enterprise.
Limited: An organization may serve as sole submitting organization or as lead organization of a collaborative project on only one submission per competition, regardless of track.
$300K-350K LOI Deadline: 11/17/2020
Full Proposal Deadline: 01/26/2021
NSF Partnerships in Astronomy & Astrophysics Research and Education (PAARE) The objective of PAARE is to enhance diversity in astronomy and astrophysics research and education by stimulating the development of formal, long-term, collaborative research and education partnerships among minority-serving institutions and partners at research institutions, including academic institutions, private observatories, and NSF Division of Astronomical Sciences (AST)-supported facilities. $250K - 1M Third Friday in August, Every Other Year Thereafter 2015 (2017, 2019, 2021, etc.)


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