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Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Inclusive Excellence:

2017 Undergraduate Science Education Grants


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: 

  1. The school is one of the 1,500 not-for-profit, four-year institutions identified by the 2010 Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching’s Basic Classification ( as (i) Baccalaureate Colleges—Arts and Sciences, (ii) Baccalaureate Colleges— Diverse Fields, (iii) Baccalaureate/Associate’s Colleges, (iv) Master’s Colleges and Universities—larger, medium, and smaller programs, (v) Doctoral/Research Universities, (vi) Research Universities—high research activity, (vii) Research Universities—very high research activity, and (viii) Tribal Colleges.
  2. The school offers four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or offers a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences.
  3. The school is accredited and in good standing with the appropriate regional accrediting organization.


Ineligible institutions include Associate’s Colleges and Special Focus Institutions (Carnegie Basic Classification) and the 40 research universities awarded 2014 HHMI institutional science education grants.


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.


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


Proposal Limit: 1


Summary:  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. Our long-term aim is for successful strategies pioneered by the grantee institutions to serve as models to be adapted and adopted by other institutions.


We seek to catalyze the creation of lasting institutional capacity that will benefit all students well beyond the lifetime of the HHMI grant. By establishing practices and policies that ensure that students from nontraditional pathways can be successful, all students will benefit. 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.




July 14, 2015

Intent to Apply form submission deadline – Completed by Division of Research

August 27, 2015

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


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September 3, 2015

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 one-three page research plan summary, two-page bio-sketch, 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.


September 24, 2015

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

December 1, 2015

Sponsor deadline for the pre-proposal.

May, 2016

Invitations to submit full proposals

October, 2016

Full proposal deadline.



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.