Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a vital asset to the Nation. Through this Dear Colleague Letter (DCL), the National Science Foundation (NSF) is initiating a pilot program in FY 2016 to strengthen the research capacity at HBCUs. There are 100 accredited HBCUs in the United States, ranging from small regional liberal arts colleges to large research-active universities with comprehensive graduate programs. They include community colleges, four-year institutions, and graduate degree-granting institutions, both private and public. HBCUs comprise about 2.2 percent of all institutions of higher education.
A recent report by the Subcommittee on Advancing Historically Black Colleges and Universities1 of the Advisory Committee of NSF’s Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR) concluded that there are currently three categories of HBCUs in relation to NSF activity: those that have been successful in obtaining funding from the Research and Related Activities (R&RA) directorates, as well as the EHR directorate; those that are in transition to more research-active status, but currently receive the bulk of their funding from EHR, especially the Historically Black Colleges and Universities – Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP); and those that rarely, if at all, apply for NSF funding. Building on NSF’s existing investments in HBCUs in research, innovation, education and research facilities, through this DCL, NSF strongly encourages faculty at HBCUs to submit proposals aligned with core research programs in the R&RA directorates.
NSF invites proposers from HBCUs to submit supplemental funding requests to HBCU-UP and other awards that would increase research capacity of faculty and postdoctoral fellows in NSF-supported areas of research. Activities may include, but are not limited to: new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities; salary support for faculty and postdoctoral fellows; equipment and research supplies; and establishment of research collaborations with national laboratories, NSF-funded centers, industry, or research-intensive institutions. Supplemental requests to HBCU-UP Implementation Projects and Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation projects or other awards should express a vision for how this project will strengthen research capacity that can be sustained at the institution and describe which mechanisms will be put in place to assist faculty in becoming more productive researchers in areas supported by NSF.
Additionally, NSF also invites HBCUs to submit EArly-concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER) proposals to the HBCU-UP program to explore new directions or appropriate extensions of disciplinary-based research activities.
Proposers are invited to use the following mechanisms of support:
- HBCUs may immediately submit a request for supplemental funding for research to any existing Implementation Project, ACE Implementation Project, Targeted Infusion Project or Research Initiation Award made by the HBCU-UP program or any existing HBCU-Research Infrastructure for Science and Engineering (HBCU-RISE) award with an end date beyond FY 2016. Begin the first sentence of the supplemental funding request with: HBCU Supplement.
- HBCUs may immediately submit a request for supplemental funding to any other existing award that focuses on increasing research capacity of faculty, such as an ADVANCE, Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professorate, Centers of Research Excellence in Science and Technology, or other research award. Begin the first sentence of the supplement request with: HBCU Supplement.
- Researchers from HBCUs may also immediately submit EAGER proposals to the HBCU-UP program. Prefix the title with “HBCU: EAGER”.
Additional information about requesting supplemental support is contained in the NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide (PAPPG) Part II: Award and Administration Guide (AAG), Chapter I.E.4 available at: https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=aag.
EAGER proposals must conform to the guidelines for preparation of such a proposals (including the requirement to discuss the proposal with a program officer prior to submission) as specified in the PAPPG Part I: Grant Proposal Guide, Chapter II.D.2 of the above listed document.
This DCL is expected to be in effect through July 1, 2016. All supplements and EAGERs should be submitted by July 1, 2016.
Proposers are further encouraged to consider the following NSF programs, which have deadlines and other guidance in the links provided:
- Facilitating Research at Primarily Undergraduate Institutions: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI) and Research Opportunity Awards (ROA) – https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf14579;
- Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) – https://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf16544; and
- Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER) – http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=503214
Questions should be addressed to:
- Claudia Rankins at email@example.com;
- Andrea Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org; and/or
- Victor Santiago at email@example.com.
Office of Innovation & Improvement
2016 Grants for Innovation
The Office of Innovation and Improvement at the U.S. Department of Education is running several grant competitions, and we hope you will consider applying.
This week, we launched the seventh and final Investing in Innovation (i3) Development competition for grants up to $3 million/each. This year, we are seeking applications that focus on:
- Creating new approaches to helping educators implement rigorous standards and assessments;
- Improving school climates, and developing alternatives to exclusionary school discipline;
- Fostering racially and socioeconomically diverse schools that close opportunity gaps for underserved students;
- Partnering with schools in rural areas; and
- Supporting students’ non-cognitive skills [important work, and we’re not in love with the terminology either!].
Our i3 Development grant partners are discovering better ways of serving students, and we hope you will share your own innovative ideas for teaching and learning through this competition. And please stay tuned for the start of the 2016 i3 Validation and Scale-up competitions that will empower educators with evidence-based tools and strategies for their schools.
Building on last year’s efforts, our team is awarding $160 million to states this year to create and expand new high quality charter schools. Across the nation, our partners in the Charter Schools Program are transforming students’ academic trajectories, and preparing more students to achieve their dreams in college and beyond. We are particularly excited that last year we were able to support the expansion of promising charter management organizations (CMOs) that are early in their growth, and we are eager to continue to do so again this year.
We are also running a $91 million competition for the Magnet Schools Assistance Programs to support theme-based schools that welcome a racially and socioeconomically diverse group of students, and that help ensure that every student has the opportunity to excel academically.
In the weeks ahead, we’ll launch the rest of our grant competitions for the year, which will help create new Promise Neighborhoods in areas of concentrated poverty, teacher preparation programs, and district-level educator support systems.
These competitions are an important tool for helping more students and schools grow and excel, but ultimately, they depend on your great ideas to drive meaningful change. That’s why we’re asking you to consider applying or reaching out to another education leader that should apply.
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) works to promote HBCU excellence, innovation, and sustainability. The Initiative recognizes undergraduate, graduate, and professional students for their accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and civic engagement.
The appointment period will last approximately one year, and during this time students will serve as ambassadors of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities by providing outreach opportunities and communications to their fellow students about the value of education and the Initiative as a networking resource. Through social media, personal and professional relationships with community-based organizations, student will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to realize their educational and career potential. The program will provide an opportunity to participate in regional and national events, as well as, web chats with Initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.
ELIGIBILITY AND RULES
1. Nominee must be a current undergraduate, graduate, or professional student at a Historically Black College or University (HBCU). Student must be enrolled for the 2016-2017 fall semester. View HBCU Listing by State
2. Only complete applications will be accepted. This includes signed nomination form, unofficial transcripts, short essays, resume and endorsement letter.
3. Submissions entered past the May 13th due date will not be acknowledged.
NSF has identified improvement in graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce (http://www.performance.gov/node/40262?view=public#apg) as one of its Agency Priority Goals. As part of this goal, supplemental funding is available in FY 2016 and FY 2017 to support science and engineering doctoral students so that they can acquire the knowledge, experience, and skills needed for highly productive careers, inside and outside of academe. NSF currently invests in a number of graduate student preparedness activities, and has historically encouraged investigators to include such activities in proposals. This Dear Colleague Letter (DCL) describes a variety of opportunities across the Foundation designed to explore approaches that will position NSF-funded graduate students for success in the 21st century Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.
NSF will consider support for supplements to existing research awards to enhance professional development opportunities for students in PhD programs as described by each Directorate/Office. These descriptions can be found below. Interested investigators should contact the cognizant program officers listed on the opportunities. Enhanced experience supplements will enable single/collaborative awardees to request appropriate levels of additional support for existing graduate students to acquire professional development experience that will broaden avenues for entering the workforce. These supplements would provide graduate students with the opportunity to augment their research assistantships, and in some cases fellowships and traineeships, with additional “mentoring” activities and short-term training opportunities. Enhanced activities supplements will be available to existing, larger institution-level, “center-like” activities to support cohorts of graduate students with the goal of developing new “best practice activities” for enhancing graduate student preparedness for entering the workforce.
for more information: http://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2016/nsf16067/nsf16067.jsp?WT.mc_id=USNSF_25&WT.mc_ev=click
The White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (WHIHBCU) has been 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 month WHIHBCU in collaboration with the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanics will co-host a webinar with the U.S. Department of Education on April 21, 2016 from 1:00PM-3:00PM EST.
This webinar will feature a presentation by departmental programs within the U.S. Department of Education highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs and Hispanic Serving Institutions(HSIs). Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available ED opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU and HSI community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, ET
Session number: 740 122 686
Toll Free Number: 888-469-2082
Participant passcode: 7794798
To join online:
2. Enter your name and email address.
3. Enter the session password: welcome
4. Click “Join Now”. 5. Follow the instructions that appear on your screen.
WebEX technical support — 866-449-0701, option #3
We look forward to this webinar!
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) Application is Open!
Do you know a community college student who dreams of having a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) career? NCAS helps community college STEM students experience and envision a career at NASA and encourages them to finish a 2-year degree or transfer to a 4-year university in pursuit of a STEM degree.
Visit the NCAS website to learn more: http://ncas.aerospacescholars.org
To participate, a student must be:
- A US Citizen.
- At least 18 years of age and a high school graduate or equivalent.
- A registered community college student who will continue in the upcoming fall semester.
- Have a minimum of 9 hours STEM coursework (cumulative).
- Able to commit to 5 weeks working online with NASA with the potential for a 4-day onsite visit.
- Able to access the internet.
Don’t Delay! Applications are due June 1, 2016
Email questions to: JSC-NCAS@mail.nasa.gov
Alicia Baturoni Cortez, NCAS Activity Manager
NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars
NASA Johnson Space Center
2101 NASA Parkway, Mail Code AD4
Houston, TX 77058
Are you passionate about using your design talent to make the world a better place?
Do you believe visual design can make complicated information easy to understand?
Would you like to learn more about federal education policy while sharpening your design and multimedia communication skills?
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is on the lookout for talented students to be part of our inaugural ED Design Studio Internship Program.
This new program is part of the official ED Summer Volunteer Unpaid Internship Program, though the deadline for applications is extended to April 8, 2016, for this program only. Please see eligibility information here and be sure to see additional application instructions below.
Students who are members of under-represented groups are especially encouraged to apply.
Think you might be interested? Here are some answers to questions you may have.
What would I be doing, exactly?
During your internship you might –
• Use Adobe Creative Suite to design infographics for social media, blogs, and other digital platforms that will be seen by a national audience;
• Use sticky notes during a brainstorm session to come up with ideas for high-impact visuals to accompany a high-profile report;
• Use PowerPoint to help a senior staff member turn a text-heavy set of bullets into an elegant presentation for a national education conference or an internal meeting;
• Offer in-person workshops or one-on-one coaching to help staffers learn basic drawing techniques for use with easel pads while facilitating meetings;
• Advise policy officials on options for data visualization graphics and tools;
• Recruit a design expert to offer a workshop on design thinking and user-centered design;
• Attend a public event in the DC area where you see your work put into action;
• Make progress on your own idea for a project that combines your design/multimedia interests and the Department’s mission.
What is the commitment?
Minimum of eight weeks, 20 to 40 hours per week. Ideally you would be in the program full time for a few months, but since this is an unpaid opportunity we understand some candidates may have to work a part-time job too, and we are open to candidates in that situation.
Who would I work with?
The position works closely with the Office of Communications and Outreach (OCO), the Office of the Undersecretary (OUS), and the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE). In a typical week you would collaborate with writers and the press team, as well as policy advisors, support staff, and senior officials in multiple offices.
Who is ED looking for?
In addition to the basic eligibility requirements, we are looking for high school, undergraduate, or graduate students with proficient graphic design/multimedia skills, a passion for education, and a can-do, “yes-and!” attitude. If you’re someone who works well in a fast-paced environment, takes initiative and learns from mistakes, and stays flexible and positive as things change, you could be a great fit.
If you have a talent for snappy writing, teaching/coaching others, or facilitating groups, that would be icing on the cake.
Why the rushed timeline?
We didn’t come across many students with strong graphic design backgrounds in our usual summer internship search process. We are now doing targeted outreach to find people like you, so we are a little behind in the process. Once we select the successful candidate(s), there is a rigorous vetting process to get through, so we want that to begin as soon as possible.
I see the application instructions in the “How to Apply” section of the ED Student Volunteer Unpaid Internship Program web site. Anything else I need to do to be considered for the ED Design Studio Internship Program?
Yes! Glad you asked. Three additional things, please:
1. In your resume or cover letter please identify your software program and design/multimedia proficiencies.
2. Please share your portfolio by attaching a single file (not larger than 10MB) or including a link.
Anything else I should know?
Applications are due no later than April 8, 2016. We are reviewing applications on a rolling basis, so it is in your interest to submit your application as soon as possible.
Thank you for considering this opportunity!
You can learn more about the Department’s work here.
The Expanded Success Initiative (ESI) cordially invites you to participate in our 2nd Annual College Fair, “Changing the Narrative”. The college fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Baruch College
This year the Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC) in partnership with the Young Men’s Initiative and ESI will host its Annual Gathering of Leaders in New York City. The gathering will take place May 18- 21. The college fair is one of the events leading up to the conference. ESI invites and encourage you to stay in New York to participate in this dynamic professional conference. To register for this conference please visit the COSEBOC website.
We hope your schedule will be able to accommodate our invitation. Please RSVP by April 15, 2016. If you have any questions or require additional information, please contact Camille Kinlock, Associate Director: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (212)-356-3759.
To learn more about the Expanded Success Initiative please visit: www.esinyc.com
National Museum of African Art
The Smithsonian National Museum of African Art (NMAfA) is seeking an enthusiastic summer intern to work with the Registration department on a host of tasks and projects. The intern will learn the fundamentals of stewardship and best practices in collections management both by assisting and shadowing the Head and Assistant Registrars and actively participating in departmental projects. He or she will gain proficiency in The Museum System (TMS), learn the standards for proper object handling, and understand the process for depositing and accessioning works of art. By attending weekly and monthly meetings, he or she will gain a solid understanding of how the Registration department functions within the museum as a whole.
The intern may assist with the following projects:
– Yearly inventory of 10% of the permanent collection.
– Processing deposits, including unpacking, condition reporting, photography, and generation of paper and electronic records.
– Applying semi-permanent object numbers to the accessioned collection.
– Packing objects in preparation for outgoing loan.
– Preparing housing for a recent acquisition.
– Researching artist’s points of contact for the purpose of generating copyright requests.
– Digitizing object labels.
– Digitizing accession paperwork.
– Graduate student or rising senior pursuing a Museum Studies, Art History, Anthropology or related degree
– Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office Suite
– Strong organizational and interpersonal skills
– Interest in pursuing a career in collections management
HOW TO APPLY
This internship is offered in a full-time or part-time capacity for a period of 8-10 weeks. Send resume, list of three professional references, and a cover letter explaining how this internship will further your professional goals to Clarissa Fostel, Head Registrar, email@example.com. Applications accepted until April 11, 2016. Please email with any inquiries.
Visit our website to learn more about the mission, collections, exhibitions and programs.