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Division of Human Resource Development

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation  (LSAMP)

LSAMP Solicitation Being Revised

The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program will publish a new version of the LSAMP solicitation in the coming weeks. Deadline dates for 2020 may be affected by this revision. Please refer back to this website for additional updated information when the new solicitation is published.

LSAMP Informational Webinars

Click here (event page) to see the PowerPoint slides from the informational webinar.


Name Email Phone Room
LSAMP  Program Team (703) 292-8640   
A. James  Hicks (703) 292-4668  815 N  
Martha  L. James (703) 292-7772   
Alfred  W. Wilson (703) 292-4835   
Cynthia  R. Douglas (703) 292-5175   
Michelle  O. Claville (703) 292-7751   
Sandra  Romano (703) 292-5064   


Solicitation  17-579

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    November 6, 2020

    First Friday in November, Annually Thereafter

        Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity

    November 20, 2020

    Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter

        New and Renewal LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning, Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B), STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Projects


The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program.  The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention1.  The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities.  The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field.  Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and technology use. 

Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM. 

Project types under this program include:

1.  Alliances. 

Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions.  Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants.  Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities.   Types of LSAMP alliances are described as follows:

a.  STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies.  Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline, e.g., production of mathematicians.  These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for less than 10 years.   Projects are five years in duration.

b.  STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation.  Both components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type.  These are five-year projects.

c. Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college.  These are three-year projects focused on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs.

2.  Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity:  BD projects are two-year projects eligible only to existing alliances funded 10 or more consecutive years.  These projects are focused on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and providing the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce.

3.  Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE).  These centers can serve as regional outreach and knowledge-diffusion centers of excellence for alliance and non-alliance organizations.  LSRCE's are projects that have wide latitude for design with a focus on technical assistance in the broadening participation arena, for example, and are focused on increasing the knowledge base on broadening participation topics through research, evaluation and synthesis activities.   Centers do not provide direct degree production interventions or student support activities.  The projects may be three or five years in duration depending on the scope of activities.

4.  Pre-Alliance Planning:  Pre-Alliance planning projects undertake planning activities necessary to form new alliances.  Recipients of pre-alliance planning grants must commit to submission of an alliance or center proposal following the planning period.  Projects are up to 18 months in duration.

5.  Conferences and other supplemental funding opportunities are supported for existing LSAMP alliances or LSAMP institutions.  Examples include the NSF-Department of Energy collaboration to provide cutting-edge research experiences to students and faculty participants.  These opportunities also may be announced under Dear Colleague Letters.  Conference proposals may be submitted under NSF's general proposal guidelines as unsolicited proposals.

Clewell, B.C., Cosentino de Cohen, C. , Tsui, L. and Deterding, N. (2006). Revitalizing the Nation's Talent Pool in STEM. Urban Institute. Washington, D.C.

What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program