National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program


The program's primary focus is to engage minority serving institutions (MSIs) in NNSA mission activities, collaborative research projects throughout the NNSA complex, and future workforce development.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Agency: Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2014: Awarded a brand new Cyber Security Consortium grant at $25M over five years (2015-2019)
Awarded a brand new Advanced Manufacturing consortium grant at $4.6M over 3 years (2015-2017)
Awarded a brand new Material Science and Energy consortium grant at $4.5M over 3 years (2015-2017)
Awarded brand new Research of the Science and Engineering of Signatures consortium grant at $5.4M. Fiscal Year 2015: Initiate a new Advanced Manufacturing grant specially for a group of Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs)

Provide internship opportunities for at least 100 students across the NNSA Enterprise

Leverage our established consortium grants to provide full time employment opportunities for our STEM pipeline students

Request an additional $5M dollars in our FY '16 Budget Justification for more resources to support our program goals and to build more consortiums focused in STEM. Fiscal Year 2016: No Current Data Available
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189; 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Nuclear Security Administration Act, Public Law 106-65, as amended; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-103; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5, as amended; Executive Order 13230, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, October 12, 2001, as amended; Executive Order 13256, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002, as amended; Executive Order 13270, Tribal Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2002, as amended.
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Middle and high school will also benefit due to the institutions of higher learning's programs supported by NNSA.
Documentation for indirect cost rates and any other documentation required by 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is required. An environmental impact statement is required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Application forms and instructions are available upon request from the Office of Human Capital Management, Workforce Planning and outreach Branch (NA-MB-171); National Nuclear Administration (NNSA) U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585; phone: (202) 586-6019.
Award Procedure
NNSA's technical staff conduct technical evaluations in accordance with the 2 CFR Part 200. If the proposal meets the pre-established CFR criteria, then a grant and/or cooperative agreement is awarded.
Not Applicable.
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. The range is from 60 to 90 days.
Not Applicable.
From 120 to 180 days. Grants will be modified or extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the NNSA's Headquarters and/or Operations' program offices.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work; 2) technical merit; 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators; 4) quality of the proposed research plan; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources.
How may assistance be used?
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication and training, and services required for conducting research, training, and related activities. Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit. Restrictions on the use of funds depend on grant provisions.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
The DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2) is incorporated into the grant document at the time of award. This checklist specifies the programmatic and financial reports that are required as well as the timeframe for report submission. Standard Form 425 is completed and submitted on a quarterly basis. The grantee completes the SF-425 to specify the cumulative cash receipts, disbursements and on-hand balance. Quarterly Progress reports indicative of the progress made, planned activity and estimated expenditures for the subsequent quarters are required. A quarterly expenditure report specifying expenses for the quarter, cumulative expenditures and on-hand balance. Progress reports are monitored to measure grantee's progress and expenditures are monitored to ensure that there is a correlation between work performed and expenditures.
Not Applicable.
The grantee is required to maintain records over the life of the grant for any inquiries or audits.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. Grantees may cost share up to 20% on research grants based on 2 CFR 200.36 (b) where applicable.
This program does not have MOE requirements.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The grant period ranges from 1 to 5 years depending upon available appropriations. Expenditure of funds is allowed during the budget period specified in the grant document. The payment type and schedule are arranged at the time of award. Funding is provided to the grantee on a reimbursable basis unless the grant provisions specify otherwise. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: reimbursement.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
Headquarters Office
Jonathan Jackson 1000 Independence Ave. SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: 2025866019
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 14 Not Available; FY 15 est $14,640,000; and FY 16 est $16,500,000 - A competitive solicitation is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2016.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant awards range from $750K to $5M annually over a either a three or five year period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2014: Educating engineers and scientists, scientific research, K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) initiatives, minority faculty and student summer internships, and scientific research related to the NNSA mission requirements.
8 consortiums focused in various STEM topical areas that include Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing. Fiscal Year 2015: 4 consortium focused in various STEM topical areas that include Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing

1 grant for TCUs in Advanced Manufacturing focused in capacity building and curriculum development. Fiscal Year 2016: Develop 2 to 3 new consortium grants focused in building sustainable pipelines in various STEM disciplines.


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