Slots: An organization may serve as the lead institution on one (1) LSAMP National Coordination Hub proposal or on one (1) Louis Stokes Community Resource Center proposal.
Internal Deadline: Friday, March 17, 2023 (Community Resource Centers only)
Community Resource Centers: January 9, 2023 (Closed)
LSAMP National Coordination Hub: January 9, 2023 (Closed)
Recurring Community Resource Centers Deadline: June 1, 2023
Award Type: Cooperative Agreement or Continuing Grant
LSAMP National Coordination Hub: One (1) new project with total budget up to $5 million (maximum $1.0M per year) for up to 5 years. The award will be made as a Cooperative Agreement.
Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers: Three to five (3-5) new projects with total budgets up to $3.5M each (maximum $700,000 per year) for 3 to 5 years. These awards will be made as Continuing Grants.
Link to Award: https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2022/nsf22584/nsf22584.htm
Who May Serve as PI: There are no restrictions or limits.
Process for Limited Submissions
PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal: https://rii.usc.edu/oor-portal/.
Materials to submit include:
(1) Single Page Proposal Summary (0.5” margins; single-spaced; font type: Arial, Helvetica, or Georgia typeface; font size: 11 pt). Page limit includes references and illustrations. Pages that exceed the 1-page limit will be excluded from review. Please note which type of LSAMP proposal you are submitting.
(2) CV – (5 pages maximum)
This new solicitation from the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) calls for proposals for an LSAMP National Coordination Hub (LSAMP Hub) and for Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers (LSCRCs). These new funding opportunities will support the overall goal of the LSAMP program to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation’s science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to individuals from populations underrepresented in these disciplines: Blacks and African Americans, Alaska Natives, American Indians, Hispanic and Latino Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.
The LSAMP Hub will promote intentional coordination, stronger collaborations, and enhance interactions among the broader LSAMP community as well as provide a bridge between alliance and non-alliance organizations. The LSAMP Hub activities will support comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM. In addition, the LSAMP Hub will serve as the nexus for LSAMP activities, including those of alliances, existing Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCEs), and the new LSCRCs, to support the overall LSAMP goals.
The LSCRCs will accelerate the pace of knowledge generation and research dissemination in the areas of broadening participation, STEM education for LSAMP populations, and preparation for national STEM priorities. In addition, the LSCRCs will support a community of researchers and facilitate scholarly opportunities that will further advance the overall goal of the LSAMP program to diversify the nation’s STEM workforce.
The activities of the Hub, along with the new LSCRCs, will complement and amplify the work of the existing alliances and assist in wider dissemination of knowledge production from LSAMP activities. They will also support the program in further development of partnerships both across the LSAMP community and with other national efforts. These efforts are in alignment with NSF goals and priorities included in the NSF Strategic Plan for Fiscal Years (FY) 2022 – 2026, Leading the World in Discovery and Innovation, STEM Talent Development and the Delivery of Benefits from Research, the National Science Board’s Vision 2030 with its emphasis on the importance of finding the missing millions to reduce the significant talent gap in the Nation’s workforce, and the Federal Government’s five-year strategic plan for STEM education, Charting a Course for Success: America’s Strategy for STEM Education.
Louis Stokes Community Resource Centers (LSCRCs)
Five-Year Projects Up to $3.5M
The LSCRCs are referred to as community resource centers because they are expected to serve as a source of knowledge, research, and opportunities for LSAMP alliances and LSAMP populations, as well as provide a bridge between alliance and non-alliance organizations.
LSCRCs are expected to clearly identify a set of activities on a topic or theme that will advance knowledge for preparing students from LSAMP populations for 21st century careers, with a focus on meeting national priorities and preparation for emerging sciences (e.g. artificial intelligence, data science, climate change, cybersecurity).
The goals of the LSCRCs are to:
- Serve as facilitators and innovators in broadening participation and STEM education for LSAMP populations.
- Advance knowledge for preparing students from LSAMP populations for 21st century careers, with a focus on meeting national priorities, and emerging sciences (e.g. artificial intelligence, data science, climate change, cybersecurity).
- Develop partnerships in support of center focus areas with alliance and non-alliance organizations.
LSCRC activities could include but are not limited to:
- development of and research on high impact educational practices, evidence-based strategies (e.g., active learning, course-based undergraduate research, etc.), and culturally relevant practices;
- development of and research on preparing students for a career in an emerging science;
- student and/or faculty STEM mentoring development; and
- support for STEM leadership development.
In addition to the general expectations for the LSAMP Hub and LSCRCs (see below), the most competitive proposals for LSCRCs will also address:
- use of evidence-based, culturally relevant practices as part of proposed LSCRC activities;
- implementation of activities around a common theme;
- engagement of LSAMP stakeholders with the LSCRC; and
- partnerships in support of LSCRC activities.
LSCRCs are three- to five-year projects that have wide latitude for design of research, outreach, and synthesis activities. The maximum funding level is $700,000 per year. LSCRC awards will be Continuing Grants.
To accomplish the mission of the LSCRCs, collaborative proposals may be submitted using either method described in PAPPG Chapter II.D.3: as a single proposal with subawards administered by the lead organization or as separately submitted collaborative proposals from multiple organizations. Up to five (5) partnering organizations may submit proposals as part of a collaborative proposal from multiple organizations. In either case, requested dollar amounts for collaborators (as sub-awardees or as separately submitted collaborative proposals) must be at or above $100,000. Proposals should demonstrate that all collaborators have sufficient resources for full participation in proposed activities.
LSCRCs led by institutions of higher education are required to build partnerships with at least one of these entities, i.e. research organization, Science & Technology (S&T) center, national laboratory, industry, private foundation, or professional STEM society/organization that can contribute to evidence-based results in STEM education. Ideally, the partnership should consist of majority-and minority-serving institutions, including community colleges. Consortia of LSAMP-funded community colleges with demonstrated evidence of successful transfer of students to four-year STEM degree programs are encouraged to apply for LSCRC funding.
Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for more updates and other announcements.