U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Minority Serving Institutions Program (MSIP)

The Minority Serving Institutions Grants Program (MSIGP) funds minority serving programs, activities, projects, symposiums and training for the exchange and transfer of knowledge and skills relevant to nuclear safety, security, environmental protection, or any other fields the Commission deems critical
to its mission.

MSIGP provides assistance for minority serving programs and activities to include, but not limited to mentoring, leadership development, training, instruction, developmental learning, research and development, program evaluation, and technical assistance.

MSIGP also provides assistance to include direct institutional subsidies, facilities and equipment acquisition, internships, fellowships, scholarships, and tuition and housing assistance.

*The MSIGP is no longer accepting new applications.

Minority Serving Institutions are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities with the NRC?s Nuclear Education Program for Scholarship and Fellowships, Faculty Development, Trade School and Community College Scholarships.

Agency - Nuclear Regulatory Commission

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Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
University Of Houston System $ 850,000   2015-06-302022-09-29
University Of Texas At El Paso $ 799,999   2015-09-302022-03-31
Texas College $ 440,000   2015-09-302021-09-29
California State University Dominguez Hills Foundation $ 499,334   2014-06-012021-06-29
Board Of Regents Nevada System Of Higher Education $ 400,000   2015-09-302020-09-29
Nebraska Indian Community College $ 397,466   2014-09-302020-09-29
Fort Valley State University $ 724,312   2014-09-302019-12-31
Universidad Politecnica De Puerto Rico, Inc. $ 399,554   2015-08-312019-08-29
California State University Dominguez Hills Foundation $ 99,974   2014-06-012019-05-31
Morgan State University $ 417,516   2015-09-302018-12-31

Program Accomplishments

Not Applicable.

Uses and Use Restrictions

The program provides funding to accredited post-secondary schools and institutions of higher education.

Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training and related activities.

Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions, the nature of assistance provided, and the purpose(s) for which the programs and activities were funded to achieve.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Minority Serving Institutions and organizations that provide services to Minority Serving Institutions and their students and faculty.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Accredited U.S. public and private Minority Serving Institutions of higher education and their students and facility will benefit.


Administration and cost will be determined in accordance with guidance in 2 CFR 200 for institutions of higher education. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is not applicable.

Environmental impact information is not required for this program.

This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Apply using the electronic application package required in the Funding Opportunity Announcement this enables NRC to receive the application from Grants.gov.

Award Procedures

Applications are processed by the assigned staff and approved by the NRC, based on a set of criteria established by the NRC, as stated in the Funding Opportunity Announcement.


Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.


Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 651,c,4 and 622, Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2015(b) 2051(b); Executive Order 13256, 13270, and 13230.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 120 to 180 days. Please see the active Funding Opportunity Announcement for published response deadlines.


Not Applicable.


Not Applicable.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching requirements are not applicable to this program. MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The period of performance for project grants shall not exceed 5 years. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: lump sum.

Post Assistance Requirements


No program reports are required.

No cash reports are required.

The recipient shall submit 'Performance Progress Reports' (reported on SF-PPR, SF-PPR-B, and SF-PPR-E) and a final report as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

The recipient shall submit 'Federal Financial Reports,' (reported on SF-425) as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

The recipient shall adhere to the performance monitoring requirements as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.


In accordance with the provisions of 2 CFR 200, Subpart F - Audit Requirements, non-Federal entities that expend financial assistance of $750,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Non-Federal entities that expend less than $750,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in 2 CFR 200.503.


The recipient shall adhere to the records management requirements as stipulated in the Terms and Conditions of the award document in compliance with 2 CFR 200.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 Not Available; FY 17 est $500,000; and FY 18 Estimate Not Available

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Award amounts range from $5,000.00 to $400,000.00.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

Guidelines for The Minority Supporting Institution Program is on line at http://www.nrc.gov/about-nrc/grants/minority-serving-institutions-program.pdf

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

M'Lita Carr Nuclear Regulatory Commission Two White Flint North 11545 Rockville Pike, Mail Stop: TWFN-8E06M, Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: MLita.Carr@nrc.gov Phone: 301- 415-6869

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Soundness of the proposed approach including objectives, methodology, plan of operation, timetable, expected products and results, evaluation and dissemination plans. The applicant's ability to perform the project is assessed relative to the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and the relevance and importance to the program objectives in the funding opportunity announcement.

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