Sponsor:  Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Sponsor Program Solicitation: 2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants
Funding Amount: Up to $1M
Duration: 5 years


NU Pre-Proposal Deadline: 06/14/2015
Sponsor Deadline: 12/01/2015
Letter of Intent Deadline: 07/14/2015

Eligibility and Nomination Requirements

Only one application per institution is allowed. If you are interested in applying, please contact Karen Drew (x4824) as early as possible and by June 14, submit a CV and a 2-page pre-proposal following guidelines provided in the university’s Procedure for Programs with Limited Submissions.

An eligible institution is limited to one pre-proposal in one of two categories:
– Building Capacity Within the Institution is for colleges and universities that will use and evaluate strategies to build their own institutional capacities.
– Helping Others Build Capacity is for those institutions that have already implemented sustainable strategies that have led to measurably expanded inclusion and success of all students in science and now wish to assist other institutions that meet the eligibility requirements for this competition to achieve similar outcomes.

Funding Areas

HHMI announces a new competition for science education grants to colleges and universities. The goal of this initiative is to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways.

The objective of this initiative is to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of students from all backgrounds in science. Institutions of higher education that aspire to lead in the 21st century must effectively engage all students, especially the increasing number of students who come to college through “nontraditional” pathways.

Through this initiative, HHMI will support colleges and universities that commit to measurably increasing their infrastructure, resources, and expertise to involve undergraduate students in science, resulting in expanded access to excellence for all students and especially those who belong to the “new majority” in American higher education. HHMI’s long-term aim is for successful strategies pioneered by the grantee institutions to serve as models to be adapted and adopted by other institutions.

An HHMI grant awarded through this competition will help the grantee institution achieve the following outcomes:

– The institution clearly demonstrates that it values efforts to expand access to and achievement in science by all students.
– The institution applies effective evidence-based teaching and learning practices across its science curriculum and for all students.
– All students, especially students from the “new majority,” have the opportunity to excel, complete the baccalaureate degree, and continue in science beyond the baccalaureate degree.
– During the lifetime of the grant, the institution expands the project leadership team by increasing participation of faculty, including tenure-track and tenured faculty.
– The institution provides faculty with opportunities to develop the skills needed to work effectively with nontraditional students and to contribute to the program.
– The institution effectively uses program assessment that is systematic, ongoing, and informs improvements.

The focus of the proposed work should be on engaging all undergraduate students in science and supporting their success, especially those students who come to college via nontraditional pathways. Projects may include disciplines outside of the natural sciences, but the natural sciences should be central to the proposed activities.