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Minority Science and Engineering Improvement

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

Objectives:

To (1) effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and (2) increase the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, in scientific and technological careers.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants) FY 09 $8,577,000; FY 10 est $9,503,000; FY 11 est $9,503,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Program funds are generally used to implement institutional projects, special projects and cooperative grants. Institutional grants support the implementation of a comprehensive science improvement plan, which may include any combination of activities for improving the preparation of minority students for careers in science. Special project grants to minority institutions support activities that improve the quality of training in science and engineering at minority institutions. Special project grants to non-minority eligible applicants support activites that provide a needed service to a group of eligible minority institutions. Cooperative grants assist groups of non-profit accredited colleges and universities in working together to conduct a science improvement program. Grant funds may be used for for a broad range of activities that address specific barriers that eliminate or reduce the entry of minorities into science and engineering fields. This program is subject to non-supplanting requirements and must use a restricted indirect cost rate which is referenced under 34 CFR 76.564-76.569. For assistance call the Office of the Chief Financial Officer/Indirect Cost Group on (202) 377-3838.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

PROJECT GRANTS

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

FY 2009: Average new award was $176,000; Average continuation award was $149,000. Awards ranged from approximately $100,000 to $300,000.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

One to three years. Funds are awarded annually and disbursed as required. Renewals are subject to the availability of appropriations. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Electronic transfer.

Applicant Eligibility:

Private and public nonprofit accredited (or successfully working toward accreditation) institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees; and are minority institutions; public or private accredited (or successfully working toward accreditation) nonprofit institutions of higher education that award associate degrees, and are minority institutions that have a curriculum that includes science and engineering subjects; and enters into a partnership with public or private nonprofit institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees in science or engineering. Applications may also be submitted by nonprofit science-oriented organizations, professional scientific societies, and institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees, that provide a needed service to a group of minority institutions; or provide in-service training for project directors, scientists, and engineers from minority institutions; or consortia of organizations, that provide needed services to one or more minority institutions, the membership of which may include: institutions of higher education which have a curriculum in science or engineering; institutions of higher education that have graduate or professional programs in science or engineering; research laboratories of, or under contract with the Department of Energy; private organizations that have science or engineering facilities; or quasi-governmental entities that have a significant scientific or engineering mission.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Private or public accredited (or successfully working toward accreditation) 2- and 4-year institutions of higher education whose enrollments of a single minority or a combination of minorities exceed 50 percent of the total enrollment. Minorities means American Indian; Alaskan Native; Black (not of Hispanic origin); Hispanic (including persons of Mexican, Puerto Rican, Cuban, and Central or South American origin); Pacific Islander; or other ethnic group who are underrepresented in science and engineering.

Award Procedure:

Panels of outside experts with knowledge of the fields covered by the application review all eligible applications. Grants awards are recommended to the Secretary by the program office, in the order of merit.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Bernadette Hence, Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Development and Undergraduate Education Service, Department of Education, 1990 K. Street, NW, 6th Floor, Washington, District of Columbia 20006 Email: bernadette.hence@ed.gov Phone: (202) 219-7038.

Website Address:

http://www.ed.gov/programs/iduesmsi/ .

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