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Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program  (HBCU-UP)

HBCU EiR Slides Now Available

The slideshows from the recent Historically Black Colleges and Universities Excellence in Research webinars are now available.

Please follow this link to the HBCU EiR Slideshow from December 2017.

Please follow this link to the HBCU EiR Slideshow from February 2018.

Please follow this link to the HBCU EiR Slideshow from August 2018.

Name Email Phone Room
Earnestine  Easter (703) 292-8112   
Toni  Edquist (703) 292-4649   
Randy  Phelps (703)292-5049   
Claudia  Rankins (703) 292-8109   
Clytrice  L. Watson (703) 292-4775   


Solicitation  18-522

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 19-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after February 25, 2019. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 19-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Letter of Intent Deadline Date

    September 3, 2019

    First Tuesday in September, Annually Thereafter

        Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, ACE Implementation Projects

    July 28, 2020

    Fourth Tuesday in July, Annually Thereafter

        Research Initiation Awards and Excellence in Research Projects

Full Proposal Deadline Date

    October 1, 2019

    First Tuesday in October, Annually Thereafter

        Research Initiation Awards and Excellence in Research Projects

    November 19, 2019

        Broadening Participation Research Centers

    November 26, 2019

    Fourth Tuesday in November, Annually Thereafter

        Targeted Infusion Projects, Broadening Participation Research Projects, Implementation Projects, ACE Implementation Projects


HBCU-UP provides awards to strengthen STEM undergraduate education and research at HBCUs. Support is available through the following tracks: 

  • The new HBCU Excellence in Research (EiR) component supports projects that enable STEM and STEM education faculty to further develop research capacity at HBCUs and to conduct research. Proposals submitted to this new track will be routed for review to one of the Research and Related Activities (R&RA) directorates.  Funding recommendations will be made by the relevant R&RA directorate(s).  Awards will be funded by the relevant R&RA directorate(s) with co-funding from the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA).  Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact the cognizant program officer from OIA for further information.
  • Targeted Infusion Projects (TIP), which provide support to achieve a short-term, well-defined goal for improving the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HBCUs.
  • Broadening Participation Research (BPR) in STEM Education projects, which provide support for research that seeks to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of underrepresented groups in STEM undergraduate education. 
  • Research Initiation Awards (RIA), which provide support for STEM faculty with no prior or recent research funding to pursue research at the home institution, a NSF-funded research center, a research intensive institution, or a national laboratory.
  • Implementation Projects (IMP), which provide support to design, implement, study, and assess comprehensive institutional efforts for increasing the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in STEM and enhancing the quality of their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. Within this track, Achieving Competitive Excellence (ACE) Implementation Projects are intended for HBCUs with exemplary achievements and established institutionalized foundations from previous Implementation Project grants.
  • Broadening Participation Research Centers (BPRC), which provide support to conduct broadening participation research at institutions that have held three rounds of Implementation or ACE Implementation Projects and with demonstrated capability to conduct broadening participation research. Broadening Participation Research Centers are expected to represent the collective intelligence of HBCU STEM higher education, and serve as national hubs for the rigorous study and broad dissemination of the critical pedagogies and culturally sensitive interventions that contribute to the success of HBCUs in educating African American STEM undergraduates. Centers are expected to conduct research on STEM education and broadening participation in STEM; perform outreach to HBCUs in order to build capacity for conducting this type of research; and work to disseminate promising broadening participation research in order to enhance STEM education and research outcomes for African American undergraduates across the country.
  • Other Funding Opportunities include EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Rapid Response Research (RAPID), conference, and planning grants.


This program provides educational opportunities for  Undergraduate Students. This program provides indirect funding for students at this level or focuses on educational developments for this group such as curricula development, training or retention. To inquire about possible funding opportunities not directly from NSF, please look at the active awards for this program.



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

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program