DHS Announces Brand New Center of Excellence Grant Opportunity

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) Office of University Programs (OUP) is requesting applications from U.S. colleges and universities to lead a consortium of universities for a Center for Homeland Security Quantitative Analysis (CHSQA). The deadline for submission is November 1, 2016. To learn more, sign up for the informational webinar on August 23, 2016 at 3:00 P.M. EDT or visit go.usa.gov/x2gNG.   

Erasing deficits to Support African American Educational Excellence (Special Issue of the Teachers College Record)

Erasing a Deficit Perspective

It is essential to employ an asset framework when thinking about ways to support Black males. To accomplish this we must first disrupt and supplant the tendency to describe everything we think is wrong with Black males and the communities we imagine them to come from. For example, often, when asking people who work with Black males in educational settings to describe their students’ neighborhoods, phrases like “crime-ridden,” “broken homes,” and “drug-infested” are used. Beyond serving as examples of how popular narratives overessentialize and misrepresent the experiences of many, this approach yields very little useful data. A more meaningful strategy for capturing the complexity of the experiences of Black males and to understanding resilience is to ask successful Black men, “How did you grow up under what most consider to be difficult circumstances and become successful?” This question will spur a more meaningful dialogue that properly celebrates community assets, hope, and resilience.

Young Black males are keenly aware of the challenges and opportunities they face (Johns 2007). Often, they are less clear about how to capitalize on unique opportunities for character building, leadership, and civic engagement. It is important for caring adults, especially those in spaces young Black men are likely to traverse, to be aware of and find ways to increase access to opportunities that allow the young men to learn and develop. This must occur with special sensitivity to supplanting negative notions of what Black men are capable of accomplishing (or not).


EPA Grants Award Process Webinar for Applicants

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the external EPA grants community. The webinar will cover grants topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; EPA’s new Grants.gov requirement; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, we will be hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar. Please pass along the following information to any recipients or potential applicants that you think may be interested. Thank you.

EPA Grants Award Process Webinar

EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment periodically hosts webinars for the EPA grants community. If you are interested in applying for EPA grants or are currently managing an EPA grant, please consider attending the upcoming webinar listed below. Also see https://www.epa.gov/grants/epa-grants-award-process-webinars for current information and materials.

How to Register:

You do not need to register. If you wish to attend, just go to the following link a few minutes before the webinar starts: Grant Award Process Webinar. There is no call in number – audio will be broadcast through your computer speakers or headphones.

Webinar Details:

Date: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET EPA’s Office of Grants and Debarment is hosting a webinar for the EPA grants community. The webinar will cover grants topics, including: how to find and apply for grant opportunities; EPA’s new Grants.gov requirement; and preparing a proper budget detail. In addition, we will be hosting a Q&A session during the second half of the webinar.

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 (https://www.epa.gov/campusrainworks) for more information.  Additional questions may be directed to Katelyn Amraen at RainWorks@epa.gov





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: https://doc-eda.adobeconnect.com/eda_hbcu_webinar/

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 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