Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research  (HBCU- EiR) NSF Wide Programs


On August 6, 2020, an informational webinar was held. Important information, including documents, guidelines, eligibility, and FAQs were shared. If you are interested in submitting to this program, please view the webinar's presentation slides found here.

Name Email Phone Room
Carleitta  L. Paige-Anderson cpaigean@nsf.gov (703) 292-2816   
Michelle  Claville mclavill@nsf.gov (703) 292-7751   
Randy  Phelps rphelps@nsf.gov (703) 292-5049   
Fay  Cobb Payton fpayton@nsf.gov (703) 292-7939   
Kwabena  Gyimah-Brempong kgyimahb@nsf.gov (703) 292-7466   
Jodie  Jawor jjawor@nsf.gov (703) 292-7887   
Brandon  Jones mbjones@nsf.gov (703) 292-4713   
Kathleen  McCloud kmccloud@nsf.gov (703) 292-8236   
Engin  Serpersu eserpers@nsf.gov (703) 292-7124   
Guebre  X. Tessema gtessema@nsf.gov (703) 292-4935   
Edward  J. Berger eberger@nsf.gov (703) 292-7708   
Christine  S. Grant cgrant@nsf.gov (703) 292-7107   


Solicitation  20-542

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 22-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after October 4, 2021. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 22-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Letter of Intent Deadline Date

    July 28, 2022

    Fourth Thursday in July, Annually Thereafter

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 5, 2021

    First Tuesday in October, Annually Thereafter

Excellence in Research proposals are evaluated by ad hoc reviews, panel reviews, or both.


The Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) program was established in response to direction provided in the Senate Commerce and Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Report (Senate Report 115-139), and is built on prior and continuing efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen research capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). This report provided guidance to NSF to establish the HBCU Excellence in Research program "to provide opportunities for both public and private HBCUs, particularly for those who have not been successful in larger NSF Research & Related Activities competitions, in order to stimulate sustainable improvement in their research and development capacity" (https://congress.gov/congressional-report/115th-congress/senate-report/139/1). EiR supports such capacity building by funding research projects aligned with NSF’s research programs. The program aims to establish stronger connections between researchers at HBCUs and NSF’s research programs.

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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program