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Department of Navy/HU Hold Opportunity Awareness Workshop

By Nicole Retland

Nicole Retland is director, Howard University Office of Research Development.

Left to right, Lawrence Schuette, Ph.D., director, Office of Research (Discovery & Invention); Anthony C. Smith, Sr., director, Department of Navy's HBCU/MI Program; Gary L. Harris, Ph.D.,P.E., associate provost, Research and Graduate Studies and dean, Graduate School, Howard University, and Ivory Toldson, Ph.D., director, White House Initiative on HBCUs, U.S. Department of Education


The Department of the Navy's (DON) Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) Program hosted its first

Opportunity Awareness Workshop at Howard University at the University's newly opened Interdisciplinary Research Building (IRB) October 6-7, 2015. The purpose of the East Coast Regional workshop was to allow the Navy and the Office of Naval Research (ONR) Program Managers to share with Howard students and faculty, and representatives from ten (10) other surrounding HBCU's information about internships/fellowships/scholarships/funding opportunities that are available to them through the Navy.

The workshop provided first-hand information about the opportunities that the Department of Navy (DoN) has for HBCU faculty and students, including Naval Labs, Naval Warfare Centers, and Naval agencies. Other opportunities include internships, fellowships, and funding vehicles that are in place to support finding ways to solve and enhance Naval relevant science and technology needs. A primary aim of the workshop was to serve as a catalyst to increase the number of HBCU faculty and students participating in DoN academic and professional enrichment programs; as well as increase the number of competitive white papers and proposals that will be received from the attending HBCU's.

DoN Program Managers presented information about their specific programs. Workshop topics included the following:

•   How to effectively write white papers and proposals when responding to DoD, DoN, and ONR funding opportunity announcements (FOA), and broad area announcements (BAA's)
•   Faculty and student internships and fellowship opportunities available at Naval laboratories
•   Research collaboration opportunities
•   Current DoN research initiatives

HBCUs in attendance, representing a myriad of research interests, included, in addition to Howard University, Bowie State University, Delaware State University, Hampton University, Lincoln University, Morgan State University, Norfolk State University, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, University of the District of Columbia, and Virginia State University. For more information visit

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