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Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP)

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NSF 23-563

Important information for proposers

All proposals must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in this funding opportunity and in the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) that is in effect for the relevant due date to which the proposal is being submitted. It is the responsibility of the proposer to ensure that the proposal meets these requirements. Submitting a proposal prior to a specified deadline does not negate this requirement.


HBCU-UP provides awards to strengthen STEM undergraduate education and research at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). Support is available through the following tracks: 

  • Targeted Infusion Projects (TIP), which provide support to achieve a short-term, well-defined goal for enhancing and innovating undergraduate STEM education at an HBCU.
  • Research on Broadening Participation in STEM projects (BPR), which provide support for research that seeks to create and study new theory-driven models and innovations related to the participation and success of underrepresented groups in STEM undergraduate education, especially African Americans. 
  • Research Initiation Awards (RIA), which provide support for STEM faculty with no prior or recent research funding to pursue research at the home institution, another research-intensive institution, an NSF-funded research center, or a national laboratory.
  • Implementation Projects (IMP), which provide support to design, implement, study, and assess comprehensive institutional efforts for increasing the number of students receiving undergraduate degrees in STEM and enhancing their preparation by strengthening STEM education and research. 
  • Broadening Participation Research Centers (BPRC), which provide support to create centers that conduct research on STEM education and broadening participation and build the intellectual infrastructure to facilitate the creation, integration, and transfer of new knowledge.
  • Other Funding Opportunities include EArly-Concept Grants for Exploratory Research (EAGER), Rapid Response Research (RAPID), conference, and planning grants.

Program contacts

Carleitta L. Paige-Anderson
Lead Program Director
cpaigean@nsf.gov (703) 292-2816 EDU/EES
Joyce Y. Belcher
jbelcher@nsf.gov (703) 292-8221 EDU/EES
Toni Edquist
Program Specialist
tedquist@nsf.gov (703) 292-4649
LeRoy Jones II
Program Director
ljones@nsf.gov (703) 292-4684 EDU/EES
Tori R. Smith
Program Director
tosmith@nsf.gov (703) 292-2315 EDU/EES
Alfred Hall
Program Director
alfhall@nsf.gov (703)292-4895

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