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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation  (LSAMP)

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  
Tasha  R. Inniss (703) 292-4684  815 N  
Martha  L. James (703) 292-7772  815 N  
Maurice  Dues (703) 292-7311  815 N  


Solicitation  15-594

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 17-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after January 30, 2017. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 17-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines in order to diversify the STEM workforce. 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: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

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 groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

There are four alliance award types:

1. Alliances(Multi-institutional Partnerships): 5-year projects focused on undergraduate recruitment and retention activities.

2. Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances (Alliances with a community college as lead institution): 3-year projects focused on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students for successful transfer to 4-year institutions in STEM.

3.Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity: 2-year projects eligible only to existing alliances funded more than 10 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 on providing the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the professoriate and/or STEM workforce.

4.Pre-Alliance Planning Grants: Up to 18-month projects that undertake planning activities necessary to form new alliances or regional outreach and knowledge-diffusion centers of excellence.

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences (including statistics and data science); computer and information sciences; geosciences (including earth and ocean sciences); engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, nanotechnology, engineering technology, information technology).

Important Notes on LSAMP Alliance Projects

The NSF LSAMP Program allows grantees to provide performance-based stipend support to undergraduate students. However, LSAMP is not a student financial aid scholarship program, and thus funds should NOT be used to award scholarships to students.

The LSAMP Program does NOT make awards directly to individual students to undertake their education or research activities. Students are encouraged to contact the respective institutions to inquire about whether there are LSAMP programs (including Bridge to the Doctorate) on their campuses.

All students receiving stipends/fellowships must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.

Institutional partners (including community colleges) in all LSAMP Alliances (including B2B) must be budgeted as sub-awardees unless designated as a lead institution in an alliance. Please contact a LSAMP Team member if your institution does not enter into subaward agreements.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program