Hispanic-Serving Institutions Funding Opportunities

The designation provides schools with access to additional funding to improve enrollment and graduation rates.

Texas A&M University is federally designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institute (HSI) by the U.S. Department of Education. This designation allows the Texas A&M research community to apply for grants specifically available to HSIs. Grants can also be written that incorporate the strength of being an HSI and Tier 1 research institute, that involve teaching and training of underserved students, and where HSIs are encouraged to apply, but being an HSI is not specifically required by the funding agency (non-HSI grant opportunities).

HSI required grant submissions typically require proof that the university is an HSI. For the current letter of designation from the U.S. Department of Education look here.

We have compiled a list of HSI funding opportunities that Texas A&M can apply for. Some HSI funding opportunities have an imposed limit on the number of applications that can be submitted by Texas A&M. Please be sure to follow Texas A&M limited submission process in those instances.

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Department of Defense

The CCDC ARL invites applications/proposals from covered educational institutions for research and education programs that will meet the following objectives: a. Enhance research and engineering capabilities in areas important to national defense; b. Increase the number of graduates in STEM disciplines; and c. Encourage research and education collaborations with other institutions of higher education and with defense organizations. Support for research, development, testing, evaluation, or educational enhancements will be through the competitive awarding of grants or cooperative agreements.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Open: Closes April 30, 2024

RFA: Link to DOD website (updated when FOA releases). 

The National Nuclear Forensics Expertise Development Program (NNFEDP) works to build a nuclear forensics workforce of recognized technical experts and leaders through fostering scholastic and research collaboration between and among academia, the national and defense laboratories, and the National Technical Nuclear Forensics (NTNF) Interagency.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: 8/30/2022

RFA: Link

Research conducted at Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) for the DoN HBCU/MI Program: (a) Enhances the research and educational capabilities of HBCU/MIs in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the defense mission of the US Navy and US Marine Corps, (b) Encourages cross-institutional, collaborative efforts that explore innovative solutions to naval science and technology (S&T) challenges, and (c) Increases the engagement of students, including unserserved minorities, in STEM fields important to the US Navy and US Marine Corps.

Award Amount: $450,000

Deadline: 09/30/22, Annually

RFA: Link

Department of Education

Please note that *A grantee (institution) under Title V programs may NOT receive a grant under any Title III, Part A program. Institutions may hold concurrent grants under Title V programs and Title III, Part F. (In other words, Texas A&M may hold a Title V, Part A DHSI grant AND a Title III, Part F HSI STEM grant.).

Provides grants to help eligible IHEs become self-sufficient and expand their capacity to serve students by improving and strengthening academic quality, institutional management and fiscal stability.

Award Amount: 2 million-$3.2 million

Deadline: Anticipated deadline Summer 2023; SIP grants are generally every other year


Provides grants to expand educational opportunities and improve academic attainment.
Enables HSIs to expand and enhance academic offerings, program quality, faculty quality and institutional stability

Award Amount: $500,000 - $600,000

Deadline: Anticipated June 2024; DHSI grants are generally every other year


Provides grants to increase the number of students attaining degrees in STEM fields
Provides grants to develop model transfer and articulation agreements between two-year and four-year institutions in STEM fields

Award Amount: $700,000-$1 million

Deadline: Anticipated 2026


Provides grants to expand post-baccalaureate educational opportunities and improve academic attainment.
Expands post-baccalaureate academic offerings and enhance the program quality in HSI institutions.

Award Amount: $500,000-$600,000

Deadline: Anticipated July 2023


Department of Health and Human Services

The purpose of the MRPG is to support researchers at minority serving institutions that are exploring how CMS can better meet the health care needs of CMS beneficiaries. The MRGP supports research on the discovery and characterization of health processes, practices, behaviors and burdens or issues related to CMS programs, policies, and operations, that influence health equity. Funded research may comprehensively address the social determinants of health that drive or influence the barriers and opportunities populations described above experience related to CMS-supported benefits, services, and coverage.

Award Amount: $250,000

Deadline: Anticipated June 2023, Annually

RFA: Link

Department of Homeland Security

DHS S&T Office of University Program (OUP) is requesting applications for the SLAs from accredited U.S. colleges and universities defined as minority institutions and other minority serving institutions. Awarded institutions will: a) Provide opportunities for students and faculty to engage in research projects addressing Homeland Security (HS) research areas. b) Consistently engage with DHS S&T and the DHS Centers of Excellence (COEs) to ensure that the program is effectively building the next generation workforce that will support the Homeland Security Enterprise (HSE). c) Develop innovative programs to experiential learning activities with government, academia, and the private sector for students studying science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and faculty. d) Engage with community colleges to identify the academic strengths of their local MSI communities and promote pathways toward STEM degree completion and transition from 2-year to 4-year institutions.

Award Amount: 

Deadline: January 4, 2023

RFA: Link

National Endowment for the Humanities

Awards for individuals. Funding areas include: archaeological reports, articles, basic research leading to improvement of existing courses, basic research related to goals and interests of the institution or community, books, digital materials and publications, editions, other scholarly resources and translations.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies on particular program, April, Annually

RFA: Link

Humanities Initiatives at Hispanic-Serving Institutions strengthen the teaching and study of the humanities at Hispanic-Serving Institutions by developing new humanities programs, resources (including those in digital format), or courses, or by enhancing existing ones. Projects must be organized around a core topic or set of themes drawn from such areas of study in the humanities as history, philosophy, religion, literature, and composition and writing skills. NEH welcomes applications for projects that are modest in scope, duration and budget, as well as applications for expansive, long-term projects.

Award Amount: Varies

Deadline: Varies on particular program, May, Annually

RFA: Link

National Institutes of Health

NIH funding opportunities do not require HSI status, but focus on increasing opportunities in biomedical and health related research funded by the NIH. More information can be found here.

Any NIH-funded grant can request supplemental funding for underserved persons.


National Science Foundation

The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at HSIs. In addition, the HSI Program seeks to build capacity in undergraduate STEM education at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the HSI Program in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329). The HSI Program is aligned with NSF's commitment to increase access for underserved groups to the nation's STEM enterprise.

Award Amount: $200k - $3 million

Deadline: Pending release of new guidelines

RFA: Link

Build and Broaden encourages research collaborations between scholars at minority-serving institutions (MSIs) and scholars in other institutions or organizations. It is designed specifically for impact at MSIs. Proposals are invited from single Principal Investigators based at MSIs and from multiple co-investigators from a group of MSIs. Principal Investigators who are not affiliated with MSIs may submit proposals, but must collaborate with PIs, co-PIs, or Senior Personnel from MSIs and describe how their project will foster research partnerships or capacity-building with at least one MSI as a primary goal of the proposed work. Proposals may address any of the scientific areas supported by SBE, including: anthropology, archaeology, cognitive neuroscience, decision science, ecological research, economics, geography, linguistics, law and science, organizational behavior, political science, public policy, security and preparedness, psychology, and sociology.

Award Amount: $2 million

Deadline: January 16, 2025

RFA: Link

CISE-MSI Program has a goal to broaden participation by increasing the number of CISE-funded projects from the MSIs and to develop research capacity toward successful submissions to core CISE programs. The program aims to foster innovation, cultivate undergraduate and graduate talents in computer and information science and engineering, and bolster long-term U.S. competitiveness.

Award Amount: $400k - $1.2 million

Deadline: February 7, 2025

RFA: Link

The competition includes several tracks and focuses on (1) institutional transformation projects that support HSIs in their effort to achieve equity in STEM education, and (2) the infrastructure—the HSI-Net network of resource hubs—which supports the overall program goals. See specifics concerning each track in the guidelines.

Award Amount: $200k - $3 million

Deadline: September 11, 2024; August 27, 2025; Last Wednesday in August, annually thereafter

RFA: Link

The competition has several levels specifically focused on studying and improving the student experience in the following settings:

  • Stem courses, particularly for students pursuing STEM degrees
  • Certificate, minor and degree programs
  • Academic departments or divisions
  • Schools and colleges that represent a part of the entire institution (e.g., a School of Engineering or a College of Natural Sciences)

Award Amount: $200k - $1 million

Deadline: February 12, 2025; second Wednesday in February annually thereafter

RFA: Link

The DMR Partnerships for Research and Education in Materials Research (PREM) program aims to enable, build, and grow partnerships between minority-serving institutions and DMR-supported centers and/or facilities to increase recruitment, retention and degree attainment (which defines the PREM pathway) by members of those groups most underrepresented in materials research, and at the same time support excellent research and education endeavors that strengthen such partnerships.

Award Amount: $1.5M - $3.5 million

Deadline: March 12, 2024 (next release pending)

RFA: Link

Broadening the research community in collaboration with National AI Research Institutes. The National Science Foundation (NSF) and its partners support the continued growth of a broad interdisciplinary research community for the advancement of AI and AI-powered innovation, providing a unique opportunity to broadly promote the NSF vision and core values. The Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI) program aims to significantly broaden participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development projects and through partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem

Limited: limit on who may submit and number of proposals per organization

Award Amount: Varies from $ 300,000 - $ 700,000 for 2-4 years

Deadlines: concept paper submitted and garnering approval for submission windows:

            March 12, 2024 - June 24, 2024

            June 25, 2024 - October 18, 2024

            January 06, 2025 - March 10, 2025

            March 11, 2025 - June 23, 2025

            June 24, 2025 - October 17, 2025

RFA Link

United States Department of Agriculture

The Hispanic-Serving Institutions Education Grants Program seeks to: (a) strengthen institutional educational capacities to develop and enhance curriculum, faculty, instruction delivery systems, and infrastructure including libraries and scientific instrumentation, in order to respond and serve the needs of underrepresented students in identified State, regional, national, or international educational needs in the food and agricultural sciences; (b) recruit, retain, and support undergraduate and graduate students from underserved groups in order to prepare them for careers related to the food, agricultural, and natural resource systems of the United States; (c) facilitate cooperative initiatives between two or more Hispanic-Serving Institutions or between Hispanic-Serving Institutions and public or the private sector, in order to maximize the development and use of resources and to improve the food and agricultural sciences teaching programs.

Award Amount: 25k - $1 million

Deadline: 01/25/2023, Annually, release month varies

RFA: Link

The purpose of this competitive undergraduate scholarship grant program is to advance the educational achievement of all Americans by providing competitive grants to colleges and universities. Hispanic-Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply.

Award Amount: $20k - $200k

Deadline: Anticipated March 2023, Annually

RFA: Link

RFA: Link