Announcement of 2016-2017 Campus RainWorks Challenge

EPA is announcing the fifth annual Campus RainWorks Challenge prize competition that asks student teams to design green infrastructure for their campus.  This year, teams will incorporate climate resiliency and consider community engagement in their stormwater management designs.   EPA is calling for college and university students to form teams with a faculty advisor to participate in the competition.  EPA encourages teams to be multidisciplinary (comprised of planners, engineers, designers, scientists, and more).  Teams will be able to submit in either the master plan or demonstration project categories.

Registration for this year’s competition will be open from September 1-30, 2016.  Submissions for this year’s competition will be due December 16, 2016 and winners will be announced in Spring 2017.

EPA will offer faculty and student prizes. Faculty advisors will receive $3,000 for first-place teams and $2,000 for second-place teams. Student team members will receive $2,000 for first-place teams and $1,000 for second-place teams.

Please see ( for more information.  Additional questions may be directed to Katelyn Amraen at





6th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE)

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Commerce (the International Trade Administration (ITA) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA)); the U.S. Department of State-Permanent Mission of the United States to the OAS; the Government of Mexico, as Chair Pro Tempore of RIAC 2016-2018 and the Organization of American States (OAS) as the RIAC Technical Secretariat, and the Government of Canada, we would like to invite you to apply to be part of the US Delegation to participate on the 6th Americas Competitiveness Exchange on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (ACE) which will be held in Toronto, Canada on Sept. 25 – Oct 1. 

ACE is designed to establish long-term global partnerships to strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship ecosystems that will increase the prospect of advancing commerce and trade between participating economies and accelerate business opportunities for all stakeholders. 

ACE plays a critical role in strengthening our hemispheric ties and building on ideas and models that work.  President Obama, Secretary Pritzker, and all of us at the Department of Commerce and EDA understand this, and we strongly believe that when the right partners come together and increase their level of interaction great things happen for job creation, increased investment, and improved prosperity.  We are constantly working to be a more effective partner in driving effective economic development in the 21st century ‒ working to advance job creation and economic growth by investing in American innovation at home and increasing our competiveness abroad. 

The application deadline is July 22, 2016.



Federal Funding Opportunities at the U.S. Economic Development Administration

Federal Funding Opportunities at the U.S. Economic Development Administration
Tuesday, June 28
2:00pm-3:00pm EST 

As the only federal government agency focused exclusively on economic development, the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) plays a critical role in fostering regional economic development efforts in communities across the nation. Through strategic investments that foster job creation and attract private investment, EDA supports development in economically distressed areas of the United States. This webinar will highlight EDA’s funding and grant opportunities available for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available EDA opportunities.

Join the meeting at:

Instructions for connecting to conference audio will then be presented on your computer. For better audio quality, we highly recommend you have the system call your phone.

If you are unable to connect to the conference by computer, you may listen by telephone only at 1-800-832-0736.

Follow them on Twitter @US_EDA!


HHS Grant Writing Workshop at Alabama State University, 6/28-29


Alabama State University – Montgomery, AL

University Vision, Design and Capacity (U-VDC) technical writing workshops focusing on resource development and grant writing at colleges, universities and schools of higher education; first come first serve basis with only 35 slots available.

The purpose of the U-VDC curriculum is to provide a systematic, standardized and meaningful guide to assist in the preparation and delivery of basic grant writing workshops and/or trainings for faculty in US colleges, universities and schools of higher education utilizing the VDC method. The U-VDC grant writing course is comprised of 14 modules meant to support faculty, researchers, public health professionals and anyone else interested in improving their knowledge of grant writing basics and discovering the expectations of funders from public and private sectors.

The curriculum includes 16-hours (1.6 CEU credits) of classroom instruction and is constructed using general principles of adult learning theory such as the interactive, practice sessions and sequenced approaches to boost retention of the material.

Continental breakfast, lunch, and afternoon refreshments will be provided. Certificates of participation will be awarded at the conclusion of the workshop.

If you have any questions, please contact Alice Z. McClain (334-229-4379).

                                        CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ONLINE

Vision Design Capacity U-VDC Technical Grant Writing Workshop June 28-29 Alabama State University Montgomery AL Click to Register Now

U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the FY16 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant competition

The Teacher Quality Programs office at the U.S. Department of Education is excited to announce the FY16 Teacher Incentive Fund (TIF) grant competition. The TIF FY16 grant competition anticipates awarding up to $70,000,000 and making up to 10 new awards to support States and Local Education Agencies to attract, develop and retain effective educators in innovative ways.

Persons interested in applying for a TIF grant are encouraged to review the entire TIF NIA as well as the entire TIF program website for additional information about the FY16 grant competition. Additional information regarding the competition, including details regarding registration for the pre-application webinar, will be added to the program website shortly. Please be sure to check the program website for updates.

We encourage you to pass this information along to others that may be interested in this opportunity. Please direct any questions you may have to



Call for Nominations: Presidential Awards for Excellent in Science, Mathematics & Engineering Mentoring – Deadline June 17, 2016

The deadline to submit nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM) is just weeks away. Submitting a PAESMEM nomination now will ensure that completed nominations are not only submitted on time, but also are in compliance with nomination guidelines (NSF 16-534).

The National Science Foundation (NSF) offers webinars to assist the STEM community with completion of the full nomination package.  Only two webinars remain in early June. The webinars provide guidance for preparing a completed PAESMEM nomination package as well as technical guidance on FastLane submission, particularly for non-academic individuals and organizations. These technical assistance webinars provide valuable tips to participants.

Below are some frequently-asked questions and tips for preparing a competitive nomination:

How do I submit my nomination materials?

Official and complete PAESMEM nominations must be submitted via the NSF FastLane system or  Please refer to the PAESMEM solicitation for registration instructions and technical assistance. The names of potential nominees, both individuals and organizations, may still be submitted for the 2017 PAESMEM award.  Visit to nominate or email with the nominee’s contact information. Nominees should refer to the PAESMEM solicitation for FastLane registration, nomination preparation and submission instructions.

Is there a preferred format for letters of support, and to whom should the letters be addressed?

There is no format for the letters of support. The letters of support should be addressed to the “PAESMEM Team.”

What are the tips for submitting a competitive nomination?

  1. Follow the guidance in the solicitation for your category of award. Clearly state and show the number of years of mentoring activity and the population being mentored, for example.
  2. Show the relationship of mentoring philosophy to implementation practices.
  3. Data is essential. Show the data in ways that it is understandable to support the impact criterion.
  4. For organizational nominations, provide a clear assessment and evaluation section. (Required)
  5. Address replication of the mentoring practices where appropriate.
  6. Think about the “WOW” Factor for reviewers. Make the nomination factual and exciting.

Potential nominees or their nominators may register for the remaining scheduled webinars in June. Log into the PAESMEM website to learn more. Awardees are notified by a representative of the White House.


The Verizon Minority Male Makers Program-Directed by the University of the District of Columbia is offering a free all-expenses paid 4-week intensive summer program from June 27, 2016 to July 22, 2016 designed to engage students in high quality, hands-on learning in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) in order to increase access to STEM focused careers and higher education. In addition to the summer program, students will receive a mentor and participate in STEM workshops during the academic year at UDC and host sites across the District!

The program is for young males of African American and Hispanic descent in grades 6th–8th. Those selected will have the opportunity to learn 3D modeling, App development, and robotics. There will be competitions, prizes and exciting field trips.

Give your child the opportunity to excel in the STEM area by receiving advance training from UDC academic leaders in the field. The Verizon Minority Male Makers program was created by Verizon, and is directed by the University of District of Columbia.

For More Information Contact

Dr. James Maiden
202 274-5768

President Obama Announces Intent to Appoint New Members of his Advisory Board on HBCUs

WASHINGTON, DC – On May 25, 2016, President Barack Obama announced his intent to appoint the following individuals to the President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities :

  • Phyliss Craig-Taylor – Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Marian Wright Edelman – Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities
  • Lillian Lowery – Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Phyliss Craig-Taylor, Appointee for Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Phyliss Craig-Taylor is Dean of North Carolina Central  School of Law.  Prior to this, she served as an associate dean of academics at North Carolina Central School of Law. Ms. Craig-Taylor served as a faculty member at the University of Tennessee, the University of Florida, North Carolina Central University, as well as a visiting scholar at the University of Warsaw Center for American Law.  She became a member of the Coalition for Racial and Ethnic Justice for the American Bar Association in 2015 and she was appointed by the Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court to serve on the North Carolina Commission for the Administration of Law and Justice. Ms. Craig-Taylor is a past Vice President of the North Carolina Bar Association and a past member of  both the Council for the American Bar Association Section of Litigation and the Ethics Advisory Committee of the North Carolina State Bar.  Before entering academia, she spent several years in private practice and served as a law clerk to the Alabama Supreme Court.  Ms. Craig- Taylor received a B.A. and J.D. from the University of Alabama and an L.L.M. from Columbia University.

Marian Wright Edelman, Appointee for Member, President’s Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Marian Wright Edelman is President of the Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a position she has held since co-founding CDF in 1973.  From 1971 to 1973, she served as Director of the Center for Law and Education at Harvard University.  From 1968 to 1973, Ms. Edelman worked as a Field Foundation Fellow and Founder of the Washington Research Project of the Southern Center for Public Policy.  In 1968, Ms. Edelman was a Congressional and Federal Agency Liaison for the Poor People’s Campaign.  From 1964 to 1968, Ms. Edelman served as the Director of the Jackson, Mississippi chapter of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  Earlier in her career, she served as a Staff Attorney for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund in New York.  Ms. Edelman received a B.A. from Spelman College and an LL.B. from Yale Law School.

Dr. Lillian Lowery, Appointee for Member, President’s Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities

Dr. Lillian Lowery is President and CEO of FutureReady Columbus, a position she has held since September 2015.  Dr. Lowery served as a member of the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability for Young Americans from 2014 to 2015.  From 2012 to 2015, she served as Superintendent of the Maryland State Department of Education.  From 2009 to 2012, Dr. Lowery was Secretary of Education for the State of Delaware and from 2006 and 2009, she was Superintendent of the Christina School District in New Castle County, Delaware.  Dr. Lowery was the Assistant Superintendent of Cluster VII for Fairfax County Public Schools in Virginia from 2004 to 2006.  She also served for two years as an Area Administrator for Fort Wayne Community Schools in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  Dr. Lowery began her career as a middle school teacher in the North Carolina Public Schools, where she worked from 1978 to 1984.  Dr. Lowery has held leadership positions on the Board of Directors of Boys and Girls Club of America and Stop Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr. Lowery received a B.A. from North Carolina Central University, an M.A. from The University of North Carolina, and an Ed.D. from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.

Save the date — June 8, 2016 — Webinar — Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program Opportunities for MSIs

Learn how to internationalize your campus through the Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence Program.

The Fulbright Scholar-in Residence (S-I-R) Program enables U.S. colleges and universities to bring a visiting scholar from abroad to campus for a semester or academic year to lecture in a host of subject fields and to interact with the campus as a whole and with the local community in a variety of ways.  Scholars can be requested by name or recruited for you by U.S. Embassies and Fulbright Commissions in 150 countries around the world. 

This is an excellent way to internationalize you campus, curriculum and community and preference in this program is given to Minority Serving Institutions, including PBIs and HBCUs.   To learn how to apply to host a Fulbright Scholar-in Residence and what makes a successful application, a special webinar is being offered for MSIs. It will feature program administrators and MSI representatives who have been successful S-I-R hosts.  

Webinar date and time: June 8, 2016, 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm EDT.  To register, go to http://redirect.state.sbu/?url= and click on “upcoming” to select the specific webinar.

The Fulbright Scholar-in Residence Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by the Council for International Exchange of Scholars/Institute of International Education.



Funding Opportunity for HBCUs – Pathways Research Training program

IES is hosting its webinar on the Pathways program!

IES Webinar on Funding Opportunities for Minority Serving Institutions Tuesday, May 31th, 1:30 p.m.–3:00 p.m. EDT Learn about the Pathways to the Education Sciences Research Training Program (84.305B) grant competition, which will establish research training programs at Minority Serving Institutions (or their partners) that prepare upper-level undergraduate, post-baccalaureate, and/or master’s degree students to pursue doctoral study in the education sciences.

IES staff will also provide information about the other funding opportunities and the peer review process. To register for the webinar, see

If you have questions about the Pathways funding opportunity, please email