National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

The program's primary focus is to build a sustainable pipeline between DOE/NNSA?s sites/labs and MSIs in STEM disciplines, and bring a heightened awareness of NNSA plants and laboratories to MSIs with a common interest in STEM research fields.

Examples of Funded Projects

Fiscal Year 2016: In FY 2016 the following consortium grants were established: American Indian Higher Education Consortium: The goal is establish a network of Tribal Colleges and Universities with the essential advanced manufacturing facilities, associated training and education programs, and private sector and federal agency partnerships to both prepare an American Indian advanced manufacturing workforce and create economic and employment opportunities within Tribal communities through design, manufacture and marketing of high quality products.

The initial focus of the project is on additive manufacturing. Consortium for Integrating Energy Systems in Engineering and Science Education: The goal is to effect change in the undergraduate and graduate curriculum of engineering programs to embed knowledge and practices related to various types of energy systems: -Integrate research experiences for undergraduate and graduate students, as well as university professors, in the broad area of energy systems of interest to DOE/NNSA national laboratory partners, with STEM Education. -Develop educational modules and practical experiences for K-12 education with energy contents that span from energy generation, storage, and distribution spanning across the energy spectrum (ecolic, fossil, fuel cells, hydro, nuclear, solar) that stimulate the continuation of studies in the field.

Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Selected Recipients for this Program

RecipientAmount Start DateEnd Date
Turtle Mountain Community College $ 4,810,517   2022-03-162027-03-15
University Of Texas At El Paso $ 2,500,000   2021-10-012026-09-30
Navajo Technical College $ 3,521,170   2021-10-012026-09-30
Turtle Mountain Community College $ 4,978,830   2021-10-012026-09-30
Norfolk State University $ 2,500,000   2021-10-012026-09-30
Florida A & M University $ 2,500,000   2021-10-012026-09-30
University Of Texas At San Antonio, The $ 2,000,000   2021-03-222026-03-21
Florida A & M University $ 2,000,000   2021-10-012025-09-30
University Of Texas Rio Grande Valley, The $ 2,000,000   2021-10-012025-09-30
Florida International University $ 4,000,000   2020-10-012025-09-30

Program Accomplishments

Fiscal Year 2016: Provided internships to over 100 minority students across the NNSA complex. Students were hired upon graduation as post doc and fully time employees at national labs such as Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Y-12 security complex. New STEM programs and curriculum were established at participating universities to align students learning and academic experience with national lab standards. Fiscal Year 2017: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2018: No Current Data Available

Uses and Use Restrictions

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

Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit.

Restrictions on the use of funds depend on grant provisions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Elementary, Middle and high school students will also benefit due to the institutions of higher learning's programs supported by NNSA.


Documentation for indirect cost rates and any other documentation required by 2 CFR Part 200. 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Preapplication coordination is required.

An environmental impact statement is 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. Application forms and instructions are available upon request from the Office of Learning and Career Management, Leadership and Workforce Development Division (NA-MB-41); National Nuclear Administration (NNSA) U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585; phone: (202) 586-6019.

Award Procedures

NNSA's technical staff conduct technical evaluations in accordance with the 2 CFR Part 200. If the proposal meets the pre-established CFR criteria, then a grant and/or cooperative agreement is awarded.


Not Applicable.


Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189; 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Nuclear Security Administration Act, Public Law 106-65, as amended; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-103; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5, as amended; Executive Order 13230, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, October 12, 2001, as amended; Executive Order 13256, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002, as amended; Executive Order 13270, Tribal Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2002, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

From 90 to 120 days. The range is from 60 to 90 days.


Not Applicable.


From 120 to 180 days. Grants will be modified or extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the NNSA's Headquarters and/or Operations' program offices.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program. Matching Requirements: Percent: 20%. Grantees may cost share up to 20% on research grants based on 2 CFR 200.36 (b) where applicable. This program does not have MOE requirements.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant period ranges from 1 to 5 years depending upon available appropriations. Expenditure of funds is allowed during the budget period specified in the grant document. The payment type and schedule are arranged at the time of award. Funding is provided to the grantee on a reimbursable basis unless the grant provisions specify otherwise. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: reimbursement.

Post Assistance Requirements


The DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2) is incorporated into the grant document at the time of award.

This checklist specifies the programmatic and financial reports that are required as well as the timeframe for report submission.

Standard Form 425 is completed and submitted on a quarterly basis.

The grantee completes the SF-425 to specify the cumulative cash receipts, disbursements and on-hand balance.

Quarterly Progress reports indicative of the progress made, planned activity and estimated expenditures for the subsequent quarters are required.

A quarterly expenditure report specifying expenses for the quarter, cumulative expenditures and on-hand balance.

Progress reports are monitored to measure grantee's progress and expenditures are monitored to ensure that there is a correlation between work performed and expenditures.


Not Applicable.


The grantee is required to maintain records over the life of the grant for any inquiries or audits.

Financial Information

Account Identification



(Project Grants) FY 16 $16,500,000; FY 17 est $18,956,000; and FY 18 est $18,832,000 - A competitive solicitation is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2018.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Grant awards range from $750K to $5M annually over a either a three or five year period.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

2 CFR part 200.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Jonathan Jackson 1000 Independence Ave. SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: 2025866019

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work; 2) technical merit; 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators; 4) quality of the proposed research plan; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources.

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