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Grants to USA IHEs, Nonprofits, and For-Profits for Programs
that Support Minority Student Recruitment and Retention in STEM

Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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National Science Foundation (NSF)

Deadline Date:

11/19/21 5:00 PM submitter's local time - STEM Pathways Implementation-Only (SPIO), STEM Pathways and Research (SPRA) and Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Proposals

Description:

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Grants to USA IHEs and nonprofit and for-profit organizations to increase the number of minority students that begin and complete degree programs in STEM disciplines. The purpose of this program is to expand the diversity of undergraduate and graduate students in STEM discipline degree programs to subsequently expand the diversity of the STEM workforce. Projects should increase the number of degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

Project types under this program include:

  1. Alliances: Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants. Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities. Types of LSAMP alliances :
    • STEM Pathways Implementation¬†- Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway or transition, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies. Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for 10 years or less. Initial institutionalization and sustainability planning for the alliance should be addressed in the project description.
    • STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation. Projects are required to address the current state of its institutionalization and sustainability efforts and address these areas in evaluation planning. All required components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type.¬†
    • Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college. These projects focus on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs. Initial institutionalization and sustainability planning for the alliance should be addressed in the project description.¬†
  2. Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity: Projects that focus on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and provides the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce.
  3. Regional Conferences - Regional Foundational and Forward-Thinking Educational Research Conferences

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 160555

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$10,000,000

Number of Grants:

Up to 8 new awards in FY2021: STEM and B2B awards - Up to 2 annually for each category. Bridge to the Doctorate Activity- Up to 5 awards per competition.

Estimated Size of Grant:

- Award Ceiling: $3,500,000
- Award Floor: $100,000

- STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance Projects - Award up to $3.5M
- STEM Pathways and Research Alliances Projects - Award up to $3.0M (New); $2.5M (Existing)
- Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Projects - Award up to $1.5M
- Bridge to the Doctorate Activity - Award size: Up to $1,075,000 (Per student: $64,000 stipend, $24,000 cost of education); $19,000 (in lieu of indirect costs)

Term of Contract:

- STEM Pathways Implementation and STEM Pathways and Research Alliances - Projects are five years in duration.
- Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances - These are three-year projects.
- Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity - These are two-year projects.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

The following may submit as lead and formal partner organization for Alliances (B2B, SPIO, SPRA) and BD project types: Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.

The following may submit as lead or collaborating organization for the Regional Foundational and Forward-Thinking Educational Research Conferences project type:
- Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs): Two- and four-year IHEs (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in the US, acting on behalf of their faculty members.
- Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
- For-profit Organizations: U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education.

Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity - Only institutions in well-established alliances funded 10 or more consecutive years are eligible for this funding opportunity.

Who May Serve as PI: The Principal Investigator (PI) for Alliances (including Bridge to the Baccalaureate) should be the President, Chancellor, or Provost of the lead institution and member of the alliance governing board.

Co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) from partner institutions may be designated for the project. For STEM Pathways and Research Alliances one or more of the Co-PIs must be asocial or data scientist, disciplinary/interdisciplinary education researcher or evaluator.

The Principal Investigator for Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) proposals should be the President, Chancellor, or Provost of the BD site and member of the alliance governing board. Co-PIs may be members of the institution's graduate leadership team or STEM faculty. A full justification is needed for a PI /Co-PI designation at variance with this requirement. One Co-PI must be the alliance director if the selected BD site is different from the lead institution.

Pre-Application Information:

Due Dates

Full Proposal Target Date

- June 1, 2021
Regional Foundational and Forward-Thinking Educational Research Conferences (may be submitted by the target date or at any time during the year)

- November 5, 2021 - First Friday in November, Every Other Year Thereafter
Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity Proposals

- November 19, 2021
Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
STEM Pathways Implementation-Only (SPIO), STEM Pathways and Research (SPRA) and Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Proposals

Proposers may opt to submit proposals in response to this Program Solicitation via FastLane, Research.gov, or Grants.gov.

View this opportunity on Grants.gov: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=328393
For a list of application documents, see the Package tab (press Preview) on the Grants.gov page above.

Grant information: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2020/nsf20590/nsf20590.htm

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Apply online through Grants.gov: https://apply07.grants.gov/apply/login.faces?oppId=328393&origin=vgo-apply
Apply online through Fastlane or Research.gov: https://identity.research.gov/sso/UI/Login?submit=Sign+In+to+FastLane%2FResearch.gov

LSAMP Program Team
telephone: (703) 292-8640
fax: (703) 292-9018
LSAMP_national@nsf.gov

A. James Hicks, Program Director and Co-Lead, 815 N
(703) 292-4668
ahicks@nsf.gov

Martha L. James, Program Director, 815 N
(703) 292-7772
mjames@nsf.gov

Michelle O. Claville
mclavill@nsf.gov
(703) 292-7751

CFDA Number:

47.076

Funding or Pin Number:

Funding Opportunity Number: 20-590

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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