Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP); CFDA 84.120A

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Purpose of Program:
The MSEIP is designed to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education at predominantly minority institutions and to increase the flow of underrepresented ethnic minorities, particularly minority women, into scientific and technological careers.

Applications for grants under the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP), CFDA number 8 4. 120A, must be submitted electronically using the Governmentwide Apply site at

Through this site, you will be able to download a copy of the application package, complete it offline, and then upload and submit your application.

You may not e-mail an electronic copy of a grant application to us.

You may access the electronic grant application for MSEIP at

You must search for the downloadable application package for this program by the CFDA number.

Do not include the CFDA number's alpha suffix in your search (e.g., search for 8 4. 120, not 8 4. 120A).

The telephone number for the Helpdesk is 1-800-518-4726 or e-mail:

Related Programs

Minority Science and Engineering Improvement

Department of Education

Agency: Department of Education


Estimated Funding: $2,907,826

Who's Eligible

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Office of Postsecondary Education; Overview Information; Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP); CFDA 84.120A

Additional Information of Eligibility:
Eligible Applicants: The eligibility of an applicant is dependent on the type of MSEIP project.

There are four types of MSEIP projects: institutional projects, design projects, special projects, and cooperative projects.

We will not award Design Project Grants in the FY 2009 competition..

For institutional and special projects described in 34 CFR 637.12 through 637.14, eligible pplicants include public and private nonprofit minority institutions of higher education as specified in section 361(1) and (2) of the HEA.


For special projects described in 34 CFR 637.14(b) and (c), eligible applicants are, in addition to those described in paragraph (A) of this section, nonprofit science-oriented organizations, professional scientific societies, institutions of higher education that award baccalaureate degrees and meet the requirements of section 361(3) of the HEA, and consortia of organizations that meet the requirements of section 361(4) of the HEA.


For cooperative projects described in 34 CFR 637.15, eligible applicants are groups of nonprofit accredited colleges and universities whose primary fiscal agent is an eligible minority institution as defined in 34 CFR 637.4(b).

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