Research and Economic Development

Minority-Serving Institution Funding Opportunities by Agency

UNLV is currently designated as a Title III and Title V institution as defined by the US Dept. of Education. We are also designated as an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. Based on these designations, and the current minority student populations, UNLV qualifies for the following sponsored program activities. A brief summary of each program is included, but links to the full program announcements are also provided so researchers can review the specific requirements to determine if they would like to pursue the opportunity.

Program Activities

U.S. Department of Education

Minority-Serving Institution Field-Initiated Projects – National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)
The Field-Initiated Projects (FIPs) are a program of investigator-initiated research that was created by NIDRR in 1984 under its R&D authority.
The FIP program supplements NIDRR’s directed research portfolio by addressing diverse research issues in promising and innovative ways. Field initiated research projects cover all of NIDRR’s domains, including employment, independent living, medical rehabilitation and development of new technologies, and address all disability populations with a wide range of research approaches.

Title III Part A Programs: Strengthening Institutions
Provides discretionary grants to help institutions to become self-sufficient and expand capacity to serve low-income students

Department of Defense

Defense University Research Instrumentation Program (DURIP)
DURIP supports university research infrastructure essential to high-quality Navy relevant research including the research instrumentation that is necessary to carry out cutting-edge research.

Research and Educational Program for HBCUs and MSIs
Supports the acquisition of research equipment and instrumentation by HBCU/MI to augment existing capabilities, or to develop new capabilities, in technical areas of interest to the DoD.

Call for Description of Research and Capabilities - Special Notice
This is a Request for Information (RFI) for planning purposes. This is not a solicitation for a contract or grant award. The Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (ASD (R&E)) is interested in assessing the research capabilities of Minority Serving Institutions in three areas, namely: Autonomy, Cyber Security; and Data Research Analysis. Due 5 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013.

National Institutes of Health

Support of Competitive Research (SCORE) Research Advancement Award (SC1), Pilot Project Award (SC2) and Research Continuance Award (SC3)
SCORE is a developmental program that seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty at institutions that have a historical mission focused on serving students from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical and behavioral research
(OSP is working with Office of Decision Support to pull the data required for eligibility)

NHLBI Research Centers at Minority-Serving Institutions (P30)
(Last announcement was in FY11 – program may continue in future years though)

Possible Future Funding Opportunities

As UNLV achieves certain milestones related to serving minority populations, and attains additional designations such as Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), our eligibility for other programs will increase. Since we are close to attaining HSI status and other less quantifiable minority serving designations and metrics, we have documented some of the programs we may become eligible for in the near future. Check back periodically to see if/when we become eligible for these programs.

National Endowment for the Humanities

Awards for Faculty at Hispanic-Serving Institutions
This program supports individual faculty or staff members at Hispanic-Serving Institutions pursuing research of value to humanities scholars, students, or general audiences. Awards are designed to be flexible, allowing applicants to define the audience, type of research, award periods, and administrative arrangements that best fit their projects. Awards can be used for a wide range of projects that are based on humanities research.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) Education Grants Program
(Requires 25% Hispanic undergraduates – UNLV is not eligible at this time)

U.S. Department of Education

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program
(Asian Americans are not to be included in 50% requirement. Therefore, UNLV is not eligible at this time)

Title V: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
Provides discretionary grants to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students

Title V: Promoting Post Baccalaureate Opportunities for Hispanic Americans
Provides grants to expand post baccalaureate educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of Hispanic students; and expand the post baccalaureate academic offerings as well as enhance the program quality in the institutions of higher education that are educating the majority of Hispanic college students and helping large numbers of Hispanic and low-income students complete postsecondary degrees

U.S. Department of Energy

Support of Advanced Fossil Resource Utilization by HBCUs and OMIs
(UNLV doesn't meet the minimum requirements for the FY14 Announcement, but OSP will monitor future announcements to see if we become eligible.)

If you have questions regarding the above programs or any other programs dedicated to supporting or researching minority populations please contact our office.