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

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.

National Institutes of Health

MARC Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant (T34)
The purpose of the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research (U-STAR) InstitutionalRuth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Training program is to assist undergraduate institutions to increase the number of well-prepared underrepresented (UR) students who, within three years of graduation, matriculate into competitive/research active Ph.D. or combined M.D.-Ph.D. programs in the biomedical and behavioral sciences, go on to research careers and will be available to participate in NIH-funded research. The program provides grants to institutions with significant enrollment of students from groups underrepresented in the biomedical and behavioral sciences that propose well-integrated developmental activities designed to strengthen students’ academic preparation, research training and professional skills that are critical to the completion of the Ph.D. degree in the biomedical and behavioral sciences.

Training Programs for Institutions That Promote Diversity (T32)
The NHLBI T32 Training Program for Institutions That Promote Diversity’s goals and objectives are to: (1) enhance the future pool of individuals from diverse backgrounds underrepresented in research areas of interest to the NHLBI in the biomedical science enterprise, (2) increase trainee competitiveness for peer-review research funding, (3) strengthen trainee publication records, and (4) foster institutional environments conducive to professional development in the biomedical sciences.

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)

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP)

MUREP engages underrepresented populations through a wide variety of initiatives. Multiyear grants are awarded to assist Minority Institution faculty and students in research of pertinent missions. The program focuses on recruiting underrepresented and underserved students in STEM disciplines through completion of undergraduate or graduate degrees in support of their entry into the scientific and technical workforce.

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

Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education
The First in the World (FITW) Program will provide grants to institutions of higher education to spur the development of innovations that improve educational outcomes and make college more affordable for students and families, and to develop an evidence base of effective practices. Institutions of higher education or consortia of such institutions are eligible applicants for FITW grants. We encourage applicants to partner with public and private institutions and agencies that can assist the applicant to achieve the goals of the project.

Special Education – Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities

The purposes of this program are to help address state-identified needs for highly qualified personnel—in special education, early intervention, related services, and regular education—to work with children, including infants and toddlers, with disabilities; and ensure that those personnel have the necessary skills and knowledge, derived from practices that have been determined through scientifically based research and experience, to be successful in serving those children.

Focus Area D:
Preparing Personnel in Minority Institutions of Higher Education to Serve Children, Including Infants and Toddlers, with Disabilities.

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.