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Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative (IE3)


Limited Submission Program (LSP): This funding opportunity and the Limited Submission Program (LSP) is open to all Texas A&M University faculty and principal investigators who meet the eligibility requirements. Texas A&M and The Texas A&M University System agencies jointly administer this process to select the proposal(s) that will be submitted to the sponsor in response to this solicitation.


Institutional Eligibility:  HHMI invites eligible institutions to submit a pre-proposal for Inclusive Excellence 3; only one pre-proposal per institution is allowed. To be eligible for Inclusive Excellence 3, an institution must meet all of the following requirements:

  1. Be a not-for-profit, four-year college or university in the United States in one of the following Basic Classification categories as identified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching:
  • Baccalaureate Colleges – arts and sciences focus and diverse fields
  • Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges – mixed baccalaureate/associate's 
  • Master's Colleges and Universities – larger, medium, and smaller programs
  • Doctoral/Research Universities – very high research activity (R1), high research activity (R2), and doctoral/professional universities (R3)
  • Tribal College
  • Offer and confer four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or offer a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences. Natural sciences typically comprise the following disciplines: astronomy, biology, chemistry, earth and geosciences, and physics, as do disciplines that are combinations of these fields, such as biochemistry, geophysics, or microbiology. Computer sciences, psychology, mathematics, and allied health-related fields are examples of disciplines that are not traditionally defined as natural sciences. However, that does not mean these other disciplines cannot be involved (see frequently asked questions).
  • Be accredited and in good standing with the appropriate regional accrediting organization.
  • Not a 2017 or 2018 HHMI Inclusive Excellence grant recipient.

    PI Eligibility:  The program director plays a critical role in managing the complex dynamics of establishing the new program and negotiating how it will fit into the evolving institutional environment. The institution has the responsibility of selecting a program director who will bring not only experience in research, education, and grant administration, but also the strong interpersonal relationship skills required of a collaborative leader who cultivates authentic shared ownership of the program.


    The proposal will be prepared and submitted by Sponsored Research Services (SRS).


    Proposal Limit: 1


    Summary:  The Howard Hughes Medical Institute announces a new competition in the Inclusive Excellence (IE) initiative for institutional transformation grants in science education. The objective of the HHMI IE initiative is to challenge U.S. colleges and universities to substantially and sustainably increase their capacity for inclusion of all students, especially those students who belong to groups underrepresented in science. 




    June 21, 2019

    Deadline for an email of intent including the title of the internal proposal and a one to three sentence description of the project. 


    Send email of intent to

    June 28, 2019

    Deadline to submit an internal proposal.

    All proposals for the LSP must be submitted electronically using the e-proposal on-line application system.

    Be prepared to upload your internal proposal. The sections will include a research plan summary (3 pages max not including references), two-page bio-sketch (per PI), and preliminary budget.

    The e-proposal site is password protected. Texas A&M principal investigators may use their NetID and password to access the system. If you do not have a NetID, click HERE for help to activate your NetID. You will need your UIN and your date of birth.  Once you log-in to e-proposal, choose “Limited Submission Grant” from the Available Grants section.

    If you have any questions, please contact:  or 979.862.2233.

    July 17, 2019

    Target date for the notifications to PIs of the result of the internal competition.

    July 31, 2019

    Deadline for Intent to Apply.  (Pre-proposals due 1/14/2020)



    Internal Selection Procedures:

    Texas A&M has established a procedure to identify limited submission opportunities and internally select proposals for Texas A&M submissions.  Please contact us if you have any questions about the limited submission process.