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 Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (OUSD(R&E)), Basic Research Office, announced awards to 45 minority-serving institutions totaling $25.8 million as part of the fiscal year (FY) 2018 DoD Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions (HBCUs/MSIs) Research and Education Program.  The selected institutions will conduct basic research with student support in scientific disciplines critical to national security and the DoD.  Awards ranging from $300,000 to $600,000 will support three-year research projects with up to four students per project each year.  The list of awardees may be accessed here. 





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.



Resources and Technical Assistance

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 (FOAs) 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.

Service Research Office Partners

The HBCU/MI research and equipment grants are executed and receive technical oversight from program managers based at the three Military Service basic research organizations: the Army Research Office, the Office of Naval Research, and the Air Force Office of Scientific Research. OUSD(R&E) and the Service Components also conduct joint webinars and technical assistance workshops to inform HBCUs/MIs of areas of DoD program interest.




HBCU/MI Collaboration with White House Initiatives

Under the HBCU/MI Program, the USD(R&E) Research Directorate serves as the DoD Liaison to the Department of Education White House Initiatives.  Each Initiative is authorized by an Executive Order (E.O.) to increase the competitiveness and capabilities of underrepresented minorities in each group.  In accordance with the E.O., agencies are required to create and annually implement agency plans to increase participation in and access to federal programs which underrepresented minorities are underserved.