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National Science Foundation

​Name of Funder

National Science Foundation

Grant Program

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HIS) Program Network Resource Centers and Hubs

Geographic Area Targeted


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Link to Funding Announcement

Application Due Date

December 15, 2022 (Letter of Intent due November 14, 2022, by 5 p.m. submitters local time)

Grant Award Range

$3,000,000 to $7,000,000

Expected Number of Awards


Eligible Applicants

The eligible institutions must:

  • Be an accredited institution of higher education.

  • Offer undergraduate STEM educational programs that result in certificates or degrees.

  • Satisfy the definition of an HSI as specified in section 502 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C.1101a). The HSI Certification Form is required with the submission of the proposal. (See section V of the solicitation.) Institutions should review the legislation before certifying their eligibility for this program at

Overview of Funding

The primary goals of the HSI-Net CCC and HSI-CERS are to serve as resource centers for the entire HSI community and its stakeholders, build capacity at HSIs for excellence in STEM education and to secure NSF funding, facilitate community transformation as it relates to the HSI Program goals and strategies, and strengthen the impact of research on and initiatives at HSIs. The centers will expand the reach of the HSI Program and the impact of its strategies beyond currently funded HSI projects. The HSI-CCC and HSI- CERS investments will help build a community and disseminate successful practices, outcomes, and achievements in STEM education at HSIs and HSI Program investments. They should do so by:

  • building, supporting, and expanding the national HSI Program community of stakeholders; providing support and mentorship for HSIs and prospective PIs to effectively increase the participation of historically underrepresented individuals in STEM; and coordinating and supporting new industry, non-profit organizations, and academic collaborations and partnerships with HSIs; and

  • screening, validating, synthesizing, and distributing research on HSIs and new knowledge generated by work at HSIs, as well as providing a detailed portrait of the current HSI landscape and highlighting models, practices, findings, achievements, and other outcomes from the HSI Program.

Overview of Funding

Overview: Building, Supporting, and Expanding the HSI Community. The HSI-CCC will create a network to support the HSI community at large and stakeholders, including the HSI Program awardees and prospective awardees through meetings, communications, and other methods that encourage sharing of knowledge, deliverables, frameworks, and findings generated for HSIs and historically underrepresented individuals in STEM at HSIs. The HSI-CCC through its activities will also enhance knowledge on HSIs and the reach and effectiveness of the HSI Program goals and strategies. It is anticipated that the HSI-CCC will collaborate with and coordinate collaboration among the other HSI-Net awardees.

HSI-CCC proposals must describe plans to:

  • Produce a variety of engagement opportunities (including but not limited to webinars, resource materials, newsletters, and workshops) for the HSI community and its members to collaboratively discuss and explore various topics critical to increasing the participation of historically underrepresented individuals in STEM at HSIs and building capacity at HSIs, including grantsmanship.

  • Organize the HSI Program PI meetings, occurring every two years (for a total of three PI meetings), as part of a larger suite of community-building activities. (HSI Program PIs are required to budget for two members of the leadership team to attend these meetings.)

The community building and outreach activities of HSI-CCC, in addition to organizing the PI meeting, may include the following:

  • organizing other events such as national and regional workshops for students, faculty members, researchers, and administrators at HSIs as well as leaders from the HSI community.

  • developing a comprehensive communication plan which includes a website, social media strategies, and technologies that can be used to share information relevant to HSIs, including HSI Program updates.

  • facilitating continuous communication and networking opportunities to coordinate and foster collaborations across the HSI community and its stakeholders, including industry, non-profit organizations, and societies that support and promote HSIs.

  • validating, updating, and distributing exemplary materials, evidence-based interventions, and practices adapted from existing research on HSIs or designed by HSIs, including but not limited to HSI Program projects; and

  • enhancing the HSI Program visibility and communicating impact while serving as a repository for results/findings from the many funded projects.

The communication activities of HSI-CCC — should include developing an online communications platform to link the HSI-CCC with the external community and disseminate information to the public. Although this platform is essential, it is not sufficient to fully meet the dissemination requirements for the HSI-CCC. NSF encourages creative dissemination efforts that can reach many individuals within the HSI community and its stakeholders.

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