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NSF HBCU Excellence in Research Program Solicits Proposals

By Nicole Retland-Moreland

NSF HBCU Grant Writing Workshop

The Office of the Associate Provost for Research & Graduate Studies is gearing up for the National Science Foundation's (NSF) release of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research Program solicitation funding projects, which in some cases will range up to $1 million.

In September 2017, the NSF released a letter to the research community, which acknowledged that "Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are a vital asset to the nation contributing significantly to the education of African Americans and other students." The program seeks to improve research capacity and competitiveness at HBCUs.

The program solicitation was formally released by NSF in December 2017. Since its release, the Office of Research Development has encouraged faculty who have research areas relevant to NSF to submit a letter of intent (LOI) by January 16, 2018. We are pleased to announce that Research Administrative Services submitted 71 LOIs on behalf of principal investigators. An LOI was required to submit a full proposal.

The next phase is to ensure that those who submitted an LOI go on to complete a full proposal. To assist in this process, NSF Program Directors Casonya Johnson and Engin Serpersu were invited to campus for a grant writing workshop held on January 26, 2018. The goals of the workshop were to (1) ensure that principal investigators submit to the most appropriate directorate; (2) to understand the NSF requirements for this new program; and 3) to develop a competitive proposal. During the last hour of the workshop, PIs and research teams received feedback from the NSF Program Officers on their ideas. More than 30 researchers attended the workshop.

The Office of the Associate of Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, inclusive of Research Administrative Services and the Office of Research Development, is committed to supporting its faculty in this competition.

For more information, contact Nicole Retland-Moreland at

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