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


The Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program's primary focus is to build a sustainable workforce pathway between Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and the DOE/NNSAs sites/plants/laboratories in STEM disciplines, heightening awareness of the NNSA and its sites, plants and laboratories to MSIs with a common interest in STEM research fields.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Energy
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Not applicable.
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), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), Community Colleges, and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and AANAPISIs.
Beneficiary Eligibility
The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Elementary, Middle and high school students 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.
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 listing. Pre-application coordination should be aligned with the Funding Opportunity Annoucment
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 Learning and Career Management, Leadership and Workforce Development Division (NA-MB-41); National Nuclear Administration (NNSA) U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585; phone: (202) 586-2418.
Award Procedure
Applications will receive an administrative screening to determine if they are complete and in compliance with the terms of the solicitation. A technical merit review will be conducted in accordance with the 2 CFR Part 200. The review and selection process for each funding opportunity are included in the solicitation.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
From 90 to 120 days. Estimated range is from 90 to 150 days.
Not applicable.
Proposals for funded renewals should be submitted to the next open funding opportunity announcement.
How are proposals selected?
The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work and technical merit; 2) Strategic Approach for Education Training and Development 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators and teaming arrangement; 4) quality of the proposed education and research plans; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources. 6) Past Performance.
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?
Performance Reports: Performance is measured based on data elements provided in progress reports; expenditures are monitored to ensure that there is a correlation between reported work performance and expended funds.
Not applicable.
The recipient is required to maintain records over the life of the grant for any inquiries or audit purposes.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
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. reimbursement
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Betsy Snell
1000 Independence Ave. SW
Washington, DC 20585 US
Phone: 2025862418
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants) FY 22$7,106,509.00; FY 23 est $17,826,181.00; FY 24 est $55,000,000.00; FY 21$31,829,991.00; FY 20$19,402,357.00; -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Grant awards range from $500K to $1M annually over either a three or five year period.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
2 CFR part 200.
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2016 Develop 2 to 3 new consortium grants focused in building sustainable pipelines in various STEM disciplines. In FY 2016 the following consortium grants were established: American Indian Higher Education Consortium: The goal is establish a network of Tribal Colleges and Universities with the essential advanced manufacturing facilities, associated training and education programs, and private sector and federal agency partnerships to both prepare an American Indian advanced manufacturing workforce and create economic and employment opportunities within Tribal communities through design, manufacture and marketing of high quality products. The initial focus of the project is on additive manufacturing. Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education: The goal is to effect change in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of engineering programs to embed knowledge and practices related to various types of energy systems: -Integrate research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as university professors, in the broad area of energy systems of interest to DOE/NNSA national laboratory partners, with STEM Education. -Develop educational modules and practical experiences for K-12 education with energy contents that span from energy generation, storage, and distribution spanning across the energy spectrum (ecolic, fossil, fuel cells, hydro, nuclear, solar) that stimulate the continuation of studies in the field.


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