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

First In the World MSI Call Monday, April 27th at 3:00PM!!!

This year, Congress has appropriated $60 million to the Department of Education (ED) for the First in the World (FITW) grant competition, with a $16 million set-aside for Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI’s).  Although priorities for the FY2015 competition have not yet been announced, ED is providing general information about FITW to help institutions begin preparing

On Monday, April 27th , from 3:00-4:00pm Eastern Time, the White House Initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities will host “Office Hours” for Minority Serving Institutions.  Dr. Ivory Toldson, Deputy Director for the Initiative, will open up the call and turn it over to Frank Frankfort and Gary Thomas of the Office of Postsecondary Education to discuss First in the World and take questions.

To participate, please dial in at:

Dial In: 800-369-1818

Participant passcode: 5411524

The purpose of the FITW grant competition is to incentivize institutions of higher education and partnering nonprofit organizations to collaborate and help spur the development of innovative approaches and strategies that will improve educational access and outcomes. To help grow the evidence base of effective educational practices, FITW is structured as an evidence-based grant competition that offers up to three tiers of grants – development, validation, and scale up.  Each tier requires a specific level of evidence underlying the proposed approach, and rigorous evaluation of each funded intervention.

ED expects to announce priorities for this competition in May; proposed priorities for the overall program were open for public comment in February-March.

The First in the World competition is run out of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) office, at ED’s Office of Postsecondary Education.

To learn more about the Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) and its grant programs, please visit OPES’s website or follow us on Twitter at: @EDPostsecondary.

A RSVP is required for this call. You may RSVP by sending and email to: WHIRSVPs@ed.gov

Request for Information (RFI) – DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Research and Education Program for HBCUs and MSIs

Attention HBCUs and MSIs:

The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD(R&E)) is interested in assessing the research capabilities of Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) in three areas, namely: Autonomy; Cyber Security; and Data Research Analysis. Based on the responses to this call, the Department of Defense (DoD) may issue a Broad Agency Announcement (BAA) under the Research and Education Program for HBCU/MI for award of cooperative agreements for award of a Center of Excellence in each of these research areas. The responses to this call for description of research capabilities do not commit DoD to issue a BAA; however, HBCU/MI are encouraged to respond to this request so that DoD can gauge the current capabilities of HBCU/MI in these areas.

For more information about this RFI visit:


All responses must be e-mailed to: osd.pentagon.ousd-atl.mbx.hbcumi-coes@mail.mil  NLT 5:00PM Eastern Time, Thursday, December 5, 2013.