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.

Funding Opportunities

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 for addressing diverse issues in promising and innovative ways. NIDRR is in the process of transitioning to the Administration for Community Living (ACL) in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Under this new organization, 1-2 Research and/or Development project awards of $200,000 will be made in 2015.
  • Title III Part A Programs: Strengthening Institutions
    This program provides discretionary grants to help institutions to become self-sufficient and expand capacity to serve low-income students. The most recent deadline was in December 2014.
  • Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education – First in the World Program
    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. Applicants are encouraged to partner with public and private institutions and agencies that can assist to achieve the goals of the project.

Department of Defense 

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) Institutional Ruth 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.)

Department of Energy

  • Minority Education and Communication Development
    This program fosters partnerships and serves as an advocate for Minority Serving Institutions by engaging the Department's program offices, laboratories, and field sites in establishing business relationships with these institutions, including research opportunities, grants, or cooperative agreements. The successes of these partnerships are measured by the increased capability of Minority Serving Institutions to compete effectively for grants and contracts at the Department.

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.
  • Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic Serving Institutions
    This program provides funding to enhance existing humanities programs, resources, or courses, or to develop new ones. Each project must be organized around a core topic or set of themes.

U.S. Department of Agriculture

  • Hispanic Serving Institutions National Program - Fellowships
    (Requires 25% Hispanic undergraduates – UNLV is not eligible at this time).
  • Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program
    Projects supported by the Higher Education Challenge Grants Program will: (1) address a State, regional, national, or international educational need; (2) involve a creative or non-traditional approach toward addressing that need that can serve as a model to others; (3) encourage and facilitate better working relationships in the university science and education community, as well as between universities and the private sector, to enhance program quality and supplement available resources; and (4) result in benefits that will likely transcend the project duration and USDA support.

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) Last funded in 2011.
  • Title V: Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program
    Provides discretionary grants to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the attainment of, Hispanic students. Last funded in 2013.
  • 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. Last funded in 2013.
  • Special Education – Personnel Development to Improve Services and Results for Children with Disabilities
    Focus Area D: Preparing Personnel in Minority Institutions of Higher Education to Serve Children, Including Infants and Toddlers, 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. Last funded in 2011.

U.S. Department of Energy

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission

  • Minority Serving Institutions Program
    For this program, NRC considers three types of MSIs: Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic Serving Institutions, and Tribal Colleges and Universities. NRC provides Federal financial assistance for programs and activities conducted by MSIs, educational institutions, nonprofit and profit organizations, State and local governments, professional organizations, private and public sector organizations and other providers of services for the exchange and transfer of knowledge, ideas, concepts, and skills that will: 1.) increase recruitment and retention; 2.) ensure availability of instructional and training experiences; 3.) provide opportunities for career exposure and on-the-job training; 4.) create research and development opportunities; 5.) develop leadership skills, 6.) offer mentoring opportunities, and 6.) make available internships.

Department of the Interior

  • Minority Serving Institutions Program
    This Program taps into the talents of students and faculty at our nation's Minority Serving Institutions with the hopes of fulfilling the Department's mission and objectives. The Department advances partnerships with MSIs through in-kind services, volunteerism, diverse hiring, grants and contacts. Hispanic Serving Institutions are one of the MSIs that the Department partners with.

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