Pictured above: OUSD(R&E) and Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) Program Managers pictured with student summer interns and faculty fellows during the War-gaming and Poster Session at AFRL, Rome, NY.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCU/MI) Science Program

The purpose of the HBCU/MI Science Program is to 1) increase the research and educational capacity of HBCUs/MIs, and 2) to foster workforce diversity and entry of underrepresented minorities into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines important to national defense.  This program is coordinated with the Service research offices, and partners with DoD laboratories for the Centers of Excellence.  The HBCU/MI program is carried out under the authority at 10 USC § 2362.  For more information about the program, please contact the program director, Ms. Evelyn Kent, by clicking here.

DoD HBCU/MI Awards

The Department of Defense has awarded $23.2 million to 59 minority-serving institutions as part of the fiscal year 2019 Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program. The awards range from $122,786 to $600,000 and support the acquisition of research equipment at 24 HBCUs, 34 MSIs and one Tribal College. The DoD HBCU/MI Program enhances work in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the national security functions of DoD, improves the capacity of HBCUs/MIs to participate in DoD research programs and activities and increases the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in STEM fields important to the defense mission. The list of awardees may be accessed below.


HBCU/MI Student Internship and Faculty Fellowship Program


The DoD HBCU/MI Summer Research Program aims to increase the number of minority scientists and engineers throughout the Department of Defense. The initiative encourages students in STEM disciplines, guides them toward advanced studies, and prepares them for careers in science and engineering fields important to the defense mission. Motivated students, both undergraduate and graduate, are placed for a 10-week research experience at DoD facilities across the nation. Under the supervision of DoD scientists and engineers, students conduct research relevant to the defense mission. Summer Research Program Dates: June 1, 2020 August 7, 2020. 


Faculty Fellowship Program

The DoD HBCU/MI Faculty Fellowship Program aims to strengthen the collaboration between the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and STEM faculty affiliated with HBCU/MI. Participation requires a commitment of ten consecutive weeks between May 1st and August 31st. Fellows will receive a total stipend of $25,000 paid on a bi-weekly schedule. A housing and travel allowance is available for eligible participants. Selected Faculty Fellows will participate in research at one of five Army Research Lab Directorates.  Faculty Fellowship Dates: May 1, 2020 – August 31, 2020


Funding Opportunity Announcements

Grants.gov is the common website for DoD and the other 25 federal grant-awarding agencies to post discretionary funding opportunities and for entities to search and apply for them. For more information on finding DoD grants and cooperative agreement funding opportunities, please view Grants.gov Fact Sheet, here.


Funding Opportunity Announcements currently posted to grants.gov:


Technical Assistance
The OUSD(R&E) provides technical assistance workshops as part of a series of training and educational activities intended to provide program, process, and funding opportunity information to our minority-serving institutions. The workshops focus on both Department of Defense funding opportunities and best practices in writing effective technical proposals. Representatives from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Army, Navy, Air Force, and other Federal Agencies, present funding opportunity information along with sharing insights on writing competitive proposals in response to Broad Agency Announcements and other funding opportunities.

To view the 2019 DoD HBCU/MI Technical Assistance Workshop Presentations, click here.

  • Centers of Excellence

    Centers of Excellence

    The DoD HBCU/MI Program established five Centers of Excellence (COE) —Autonomy (North Carolina A&T State University), Cyber Security (Norfolk State University), Research Data Analytics (Prairie View A&M University), STEM Scholars (Hampton University), and Minority Women in STEM (Spelman College). Each of these COEs is funded at $1 million per year for five years and contribute to areas of research of strategic importance to DoD. The COEs for autonomy, cyber security, and research data analytics were awarded in 2015 and are now in the third year of a five-year program. The COE for STEM Scholars was awarded in December 2017 and is funded at $1 million per year for four years. The Minority Women in STEM COE was awarded in July 2019 and is funded at $2 million with a four year performance period.