RFP: HBCU-UP – Letter of Intent Due July 26, 2016

The National Science Foundation’s updated Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) solicitation has just been released.   HBCU-UP is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. To this end, HBCU-UP provides awards to develop, implement, and study evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. Support is available for Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Research Initiation Awards, Implementation Projects, Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects, and Broadening Participation Research Centers; as well as other funding opportunities.

Below is a link to the solicitation.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

Request for PAESMEM Nominations – Nomination Period Ends June 17

Nominations are now open for the 2017 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM). The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, June 17, 2016.  The nomination solicitation is available online at http://nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16534/nsf16534.pdf.

Eligible science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) mentors, both individuals and organizations, may self-nominate or be nominated by a colleague or friend. Nominations of non-academic organizations and small businesses working to expand STEM talent by mentoring in formal and informal settings also are encouraged.

The National Science Foundation (NSF) administers the award program on behalf of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). STEM mentoring activities in all sciences, including the biomedical sciences, are eligible for nomination.

NSF is casting a wider net this nomination season to ensure all STEM mentors in the country are recognized for their contributions and to send a message that expanding STEM talent is a community effort.  “It’s important to have a robust pool of nominations because that’s really the best way that NSF can get a national snapshot of all of the great work that’s going on in mentoring. Not everyone will win, of course, but we really can best shape our programs when we have a good understanding of what the great ideas are, where people are having success, and how well they’re doing,” said Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, assistant director of NSFs Directorate for Education and Human Resources.

DOE-NE Releases FOA for Radiochemistry Traineeships

The Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Nuclear Energy has released an FOA that will establish DOE-sponsored Institution of High Education (IHE)-led traineeships as a mechanism for graduate-level training critical to DOE mission-driven workforce needs. This will be accomplished through a focused academic graduate program that delivers unique, innovative curriculum, coupled with a rigorous thesis or dissertation research requirement in the area of radiochemistry. The total Government funding available for any single award under this FOA shall not exceed $3 million over five (5) years, subject to availability of funds.

Applications are due March 28, 2016.

DOE Traineeship in Nuclear Radiochemistry (DE-FOA-0001369)

A copy of the application package can be found here.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) Letter of Intent Due July 26, 2016

Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

 

The National Science Foundation’s updated Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) solicitation was released on Friday, February 12, 2016.   HBCU-UP is committed to enhancing the quality of undergraduate STEM education and research at HBCUs as a means to broaden participation in the nation’s STEM workforce. To this end, HBCU-UP provides awards to develop, implement, and study evidence-based innovative models and approaches for improving the preparation and success of HBCU undergraduate students so that they may pursue STEM graduate programs and/or careers. Support is available for Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Research Initiation Awards, Implementation Projects, Achieving Competitive Excellence Implementation Projects, and Broadening Participation Research Centers; as well as other funding opportunities.

 

Below is a link to the solicitation.

 

Available Formats: HTML: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16538/nsf16538.htm?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click Document Number: nsf16538

 

 

Funding Opportunity Announcement — College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

The Office on Women’s Health announces the College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative (Funding Opportunity Number – WH-AST-16-001), awarding up to 10 cooperative agreements totaling $2 million for a 3-year period.  Applications should focus on implementing policies and practices at post-secondary schools (colleges, universities, technical schools, community college, and trade schools) to prevent sexual assault on their campuses. Those awarded will partner with organizations and post-secondary schools to provide technical assistance and support to influence and implement policies and prevention strategies based on the recommendations from the White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault – Not Alone and It’s On Us Campaigns.  For more information, please visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=WH-AST-16-001.

Funding Opportunity Announcement — College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative

The Office on Women’s Health announces the College Sexual Assault Policy and Prevention Initiative (Funding Opportunity Number – WH-AST-16-001), awarding up to 10 cooperative agreements totaling $2 million for a 3-year period.  Applications should focus on implementing policies and practices at post-secondary schools (colleges, universities, technical schools, community college, and trade schools) to prevent sexual assault on their campuses. Those awarded will partner with organizations and post-secondary schools to provide technical assistance and support to influence and implement policies and prevention strategies based on the recommendations from the White House Task Force on Campus Sexual Assault – Not Alone and It’s On Us Campaigns.  For more information, please visit http://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=WH-AST-16-001.

WHIHBCU Webinar: Federal Funding Opportunities at National Endowment of the Humanities! Feb. 11, 2:00PM-3:30PM EST

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) will be hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

This webinar will provide participants with information about federal funding opportunities at the National Endowment for the Humanities. NEH staff will describe selected NEH grant programs in the areas of education, research, public programs, challenge, and preservation and access. Additional topics to be addressed include application-writing strategies, and the application submission and review process. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

Please register for the White House Initiative for HBCUs: Federal Funding Opportunities at NEH webinar at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/765506755274272769

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar!

WHIHBCU Staff

Webinar, Jan. 21st: Federal Funding Opportunities at the U.S. Department of Agriculture!!

White House Initiative on HBCUs: Federal Funding Opportunities at United State Department of Agriculture

The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) will be hosting a series of webinars to educate Historically Black Colleges and Universities on the grants and opportunities available to them throughout the federal government.

The WHIHBCU will co-host a webinar with the U.S. Department of Agriculture on January 21, 2016 from 1:30PM-3:30PM EST.

This webinar will feature a presentation by Departmental programs for both Rural Development and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture at the Department of Agriculture highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Faculty and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

The conference begins at 1:30 PM Eastern Time on January 21, 2016; you may join 10 minutes prior.

  1. Connect to http://ems7.intellor.com/login/702173
  2. Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer

You will be connected to the conference with the AT&T Connect Web Participant Application – there is no software download or installation required.

If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-877-369-5243 or 1-617-668-3633 using 0169417#

If you need technical assistance, call the Help Desk at 1-888-796-6118 or 1-847-562-7015

ARC Reimbursement support for DOL Tech Hire Partnership Grants competition

The Tech Hire Partnership Grants competition, implemented by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL), was announced on November 24th with an application deadline of 4:00 p.m. ET on March 11, 2016.

Approximately $100 million will be made available for this opportunity. The full announcement can be found here: http://www.grants.gov/view-opportunity.html?oppId=280094

ARC Reimbursement
ARC plans to reimburse organizations serving the Appalachian Region up to $5,000 for costs incurred in developing a Tech Hire Partnership application. Reimbursable costs include expenses directly related to the development and writing of the application, including the costs of a professional grantwriter (either external or internal to the organization or organizations applying for the grants), costs for limited travel to facilitate meetings with the grantwriter and application partners, and reasonable costs for meetings of partners and grantwriters.

ARC is setting aside a total of $40,000 for this effort.

To be eligible for reimbursement, applicants must submit a Letter of Intent to submit a Tech Hire Partnership application by 5:00 p.m. ET on December 18, 2015. Applicants must send their Letter of Intent by email to TechHire@arc.gov. The letter must include a point of contact in the applicant’s organization, a list of the proposed partner organizations/applicant team members, and the area served. ARC funding is limited for this activity and may not be sufficient to fund all requests. Applicants are encouraged to submit their letters of intent with all requested information early to guarantee consideration of their application.

To receive reimbursement, applicants will be asked to provide ARC with a list of actual expenses incurred in putting together the application, and evidence that their application was successfully uploaded via Grants.gov to the Tech Hire Partnership program by 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time, March 11, 2016. Only the lead applicant for each application will be eligible for reimbursement.

Highlights of the Tech Hire Partnership program
This grant program is designed to equip individuals with the skills they need through innovative approaches that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries such as Information Technology (IT), healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and broadband. Projects funded by this grant program will help participants begin careers in H-1B occupations and industries – such as IT and IT related, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, financial services, and educational services – which are in-demand and/or high growth in the area applicants are proposing to serve. On a limited basis, this grant program will also enable applicants to work with companies on increasing the skills of existing workers in lower-skilled jobs to move into more highly skilled positions requiring technology-related skills. These grants will pilot and scale public-private partnerships among the workforce investment system, education and training providers, and business-related nonprofit organizations to address the following goals for the target populations: 1) Expand access to accelerated learning options that provide the fastest paths to good jobs, such as “bootcamp” style programs, online options, and competency-based programs to give people the skills required for employment in three months to two years among people with historic barriers to accessing employment and training; 2) Improve the likelihood that those populations complete training and enter employment, through specialized training strategies, supportive services and other focused participant services that assist targeted populations to overcome barriers, including networking and job search, active job development, transportation, mentoring, and financial counseling; 3) Connect those who have received training or who already have the skills required for employment, but are being overlooked, to employment, paid internships, or Registered Apprenticeship opportunities that allow them to get work experience and prove themselves to hiring employers; 4) Demonstrate strong commitment to customer-centered design and excellence in customer experience, so that the programs and services reflect real need of employers and participants, through human centered design methodology and other methods of design thinking; and 5) Ensure that innovations form the basis for broader change and sustainability over time and that a clear strategy exists for adapting to rapidly changing market needs after the initial period of the grant.

The DOL intends to make grant awards ranging from approximately $2,000,000 to $5,000,000, up to a total of approximately $100 million. Applicants must target of two specified populations, either “Youth and Young Adults with Barriers to Training and Employment” or “Special Populations with Barriers to Training and Employment.” Applicants serving rural areas are encouraged to form consortia so as to meet the minimum requirement of serving at least 325 participants.

Letters of intent and any questions should be sent to: TechHire@arc.gov.

NSF Research Traineeships – Proposal Preparation Webinars – November 9, 10, and 17

The National Science Foundation Research Traineeship program (NRT) is hosting a series of webinars for prospective proposers.  Webinars will be live sessions where potential principal investigators, university staff, and other interested entities are encouraged to ask NRT program directors any solicitation or program questions they may have.

NRT is designed to encourage the development and implementation of bold, new, potentially transformative, and scalable models for STEM graduate education training.  Within NRT there are two tracks: the Traineeship Track and the Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track.

  • The Traineeship Track is dedicated to effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary research areas, through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, scalable, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.
  • The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Track is dedicated solely to piloting, testing, and evaluating novel, innovative, and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education, both disciplinary and interdisciplinary, to generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption.

More information about the exact times, how to register, staff contacts, and a link to the NRT solicitation is available at:  http://www.nsf.gov/events/event_summ.jsp?cntn_id=134423&WT.mc_id=USNSF_13&WT.mc_ev=click