Historically Black Colleges and Universities-Entrepreneurial Training and Technical Assistance


To support the efforts of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) to achieve their principal mission; utilize the resources of HBCUs to increase ability of small and disadvantaged businesses (S/DBEs) to participate in transportation-related projects; and assist S/DBEs to obtain information on DOT procurement opportunities and provide training to enhance DBEs and small businesses opportunity to successfully compete on DOT contracts and DOT-funded projects. ETTAP is intended to increase collaboration and establish partnerships among HBCUs, other minority educational institutions, LOSP organizations, SBDCs, MBDCs, State supportive services contractors, local transportation agencies; and DOT, its grantees, recipients, contractors, subcontractors and S/DBEs.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Deleted 05/23/2006 (Program is no longer being funded)
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements).
Program Accomplishments
Three Historically Black Colleges and Universities were awarded a total of $168,000 in fiscal year 2003.
Public Law 97-449, 49 U.S.C. 322; Executive Order 12876, Historically Black Colleges and Universities, November 1, 1993.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
As defined in Department of Education, Code of Federal Regulations, revised as of July 1, 1992, Pages 258-260, Section 608.3: Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are those institutions that have been established before 1964; have a principal mission that was and is the education of Black Americans; and are and have been for five academic years preceding the academic year for which it seeks a grant under this part--legally authorized by the State in which it is located to be a junior or community college or to provide an educational program for which it awards a bachelor's degree; and accredited or pre-accredited by a nationally recognized accrediting agency or association that the Secretary of Education has determined to be a reliable authority as to the quality of education or training offered.
Beneficiary Eligibility
Small, minority, women-owned and disadvantaged business enterprises. Historically Black Colleges and Universities. Students meeting eligibility requirements.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
This program is eligible for coverage under E.O. 12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." An applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.
Application Procedure
Announcements are published in the Commerce Business Daily. This program is subject to the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-110.
Award Procedure
Applications are evaluated by an independent review panel. Decisions on acceptability are made by the Director, OSDBU. The Department of Transportation will award the cooperative agreements. Only one project will be awarded to an HBCU; therefore, institutions with multiple campuses should coordinate and submit only one application per HBCU. Further, in order to avoid duplication of efforts, only one cooperative agreement will be awarded in any one State.
To be determined.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
Selections for award are announced by DOT press release.
Not applicable.
Renewals will be based upon funding availability and program evaluation.
How are proposals selected?
Proposals are rated on a 100- point numerical scale and are weighted using the following factors: Approach (25 points); Linkages (25 points); Organizational Capability (25 points); Staff Capabilities and Experience (15 points); and Cost (10 points).
How may assistance be used?
Financial assistance under this section may be used by educational institutions to design and carry out programs to encourage, promote and assist minority entrepreneurs and small businesses to compete on transportation-related contracts, subcontracts and projects. Funds may also be used to develop educational programs designed to enhance DBEs' and small business entrepreneurs' knowledge of the transportation field, and, thus, increase their capability to successfully compete on transportation-related contracts. In addition, this project will attract more of the Nation's young talent into transportation-related careers through academic studies and practical experience through internships.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Implementation plan; quarterly progress reports; and a final report at the end of the project.
DOT's Inspector General and the Comptroller General of the United States may at all reasonable times investigate and audit, in the offices of the grantee, all documents, papers, books and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement.
Recipient is required to retain all documents, files, books, and records relevant to the execution and implementation of the conditions of this agreement for a period of no less than 3 years, except when dispute, exception, or audit have been initiated, the records and other materials shall be retained until the litigation, dispute, exception, or audit has judicially or administratively been made final.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
One-year cooperative agreements of $94,000 each were obligated in fiscal years 2002 and 2003.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Not applicable.
Headquarters Office
Patricia A. Martin, Program Coordinator, Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, S-40, Office of the Secretary, 400 Seventh Street, SW., Room 9414, Washington, DC 20590, or toll free (800) 532-1169. Telephone: (202) 366-2852 Email: Patricia.Martin@ost.dot.gov.
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Cooperative Agreements) FY 02 $268,000; FY 03 $188,000; and FY 04 est $188,000.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Range: $60,000 to $94,000.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Will be published in the Commerce Business Daily.
Examples of Funded Projects
Cooperative agreements will have four major activities including: establish an internet use and access capability; train and provide technical assistance to small, disadvantaged and women-owned business entrepreneurs in the areas and access of Electronic Commerce (EC), application of electronic communication technology, status of the Federal implementation of EC; provide funding for transportation-related student internships to support the outreach and training activities; provide information dissemination and outreach activities regarding the Presidential initiative to hire individuals off the welfare rolls and support the DOT Garrett A. Morgan Technology and Transportation Futures Program.


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