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 TIF5@ed.gov.



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 Grants.gov.  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 www.PAESMEM.net to nominate or email pasemem@nsf.gov 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=http://www.cies.org/event-type/webinar-schedule 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 http://ies.ed.gov/funding/webinars/index.asp.

If you have questions about the Pathways funding opportunity, please email Katina.Stapleton@ed.gov.

Federal Funding Webinar with the U.S. Department of Defense, May 26th 1-3PM EST!!!

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 will co-host a webinar with the U.S. Department of Defense on May 26, 2016 from 1:00PM-3:00PM EST.

This webinar will feature a presentation by departmental programs within the U.S. Department of Defense highlighting their funding opportunities for HBCUs. Attendees will gain an understanding of how their work and research matches available DoD opportunities. Faculty, staff, and administrators from the HBCU community are invited to view the webinar live and ask questions.

Date: Thursday, May 26, 2016
Time: 1:00 pm, ET

For Audio

United States: +1 (914) 614-3221

Access Code: 419-102-038

Registration Link


Webinar ID:  117-521-051

Audio PIN: Shown after joining the webinar Attendee – muted (until he or she asks to be unmuted  for the Q&A)


2016 LEADS Scholarship Opportunity Now Available!

The 2016 Law Enforcement Advancing Data and Science (LEADS) scholarship program is now open: http://nij.gov/events/Pages/iacp-scholarships.aspx!  Application deadline: July 1, 2016.

Brief synopsis:

NIJ’s LEADS scholarship program helps law enforcement officers integrate research into their day-to-day work and provides NIJ with direct insight from forward-leaning practitioners who value research and the role it plays in practice. Research is a valuable tool for law enforcement agencies — not only for the police chiefs who make policy decisions, but also for the mid-rank officers who carry out and measure those decisions. Through this program, NIJ and IACP hope to identify and develop the next generation of law enforcement leadership, and encourage the use of evidence-based practice to advance criminal justice throughout the nation.

In 2016, NIJ will grant 10 new merit-based scholarships to mid-rank law enforcement officers to join a diverse, growing group of practitioners dedicated to advancing policing throughout the nation. As part of this program, LEADS scholars will have the opportunity to attend various special events held within the D.C. Metropolitan area; participate in numerous networking and collaborative activities with NIJ leadership and leading researchers within the field of criminal justice; and attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) Annual Conference and Expo held in San Diego, California, October 15-18, 2016.


2016 NIMHD Health Disparities Research Institute

The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying. 

What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research  are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations. 

Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website: http://bit.ly/hdinstitute16.

The due date for submitting an application is 5:00pm local time on June 1, 2016.

Application Information: Selection will be based on the following criteria:

  • Professional experience and educational achievements.
  • A brief essay (no more than 250 words) addressing interest in the program and outlining objectives for participation in the program
  • A one-page abstract with specific aims of a proposed research project
  • One letter of recommendation providing evidence of potential success in minority health and health disparities research

Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.

Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

  • Population science and health disparities
  • Research design and measurement approaches
  • Intervention science methods
  • Healthcare disparities and outcomes research
  • Community-based participatory research

Small group discussions will be tailored to the research interests of the participants. NIH staff will also consult on research strategies and methodologies specific to the participant’s project and how to develop the project into an R01, R21, or K award application.

For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.