Update March 10: Temporarily suspended due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. All applicants who accepted the admission offer by the RSVP deadline will have priority seating for the rescheduled workshop

COVID Update | April 22, 2020

Hub regional Jumpstart grantsmanship training workshops move to virtual learning environment!

The March regional workshops at Hunter College (New York) EDP University (Puerto Rico), and Miami Dade College (Florida), that were cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic have been redesigned as an online community learning experience. Workshop leaders Minerva Cordero (UTA) and Elba Serrano (NMSU) will offer the workshops to the registered participants as 2 day sessions scheduled for May 14/28 (Cohort 1) and May 15/29 (Cohort 2).


Our 2020 Jumpstart workshops provide basic insight and instruction on how to compete for NSF funding.  The workshop prepares attendees to submit applications to the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 19-540 (https://www.nsf.gov/pubs/2019/nsf19540/nsf19540.htm)

The workshop content prepares attendees to submit applications to the NSF HSI Initiative solicitation NSF 19‐540 that seeks to increase grant support for STEM Education in Hispanic Serving Institutions (due date third Wednesday in September, annually). During the event, participants will have a unique opportunity to seek advice from successful grant applicants, to direct questions to experienced and knowledgeable grant awardees, and to analyze a sample proposal to learn the elements of a grant proposal. avoid.

Intended Audience

The workshops are open to anyone interested in applying for the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 19-540. Preference is for applicants who are (1) from 2-year and 4-year HSIs with limited prior NSF support (2) faculty within their first 10 years of academic appointment, and (3) those who seek to collaborate on applications with these institutions.


Cost:  There are no fees to attend. Applicants whose home institution is more than 50 miles from the workshop location will be eligible to apply for stipends to offset the cost of attendance (maximum 15 per workshop).



  • For early decision apply by February 14, 2020; final deadline to apply: March 1, 2020. Update Feb 14: Early decision deadline extended to February 18, 2020.
  • The finalized application should be submitted at this link:https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/jumpstart2020a.
  • Prepare to submit your application using this document. Workshops are being added weekly so do not worry if your workshop is not listed on the form.  It is posted in the online application. Applicants are encouraged to upload a brief letter of institutional support with their application.


Workshop Leaders: Minerva Cordero (UTA), Carmen I. Negron Castro (EDP), Elba Serrano (NMSU)


Travel and Accommodations: Attendees are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel and accommodations.

Workshop Materials

  • Posted January 16, 2020

    Update: 04/22/2020

  • Final Agenda


  • Workshop Participants

    Meet our participants: TBA

  • Workshop Speakers

    The speakers, organizers, and staff who made it all possible: TBA

  • Picture of the Workshop Particpants


Dates & Locations

Location:  EDP University of Puerto Rico, 560 Ponce de Leon Ave., Hato Rey, PR 00918

Founded in 1969, we are a private, four-year, nonprofit, HSI of higher education, incorporated in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It is licensed by the former Puerto Rico Council for Education (PRCE) and accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE). EDP has campuses in Hato Rey, San Sebastian; Branch Campuses in Manatí, Humacao, and Villalba. EDP is a learning community that offers 40 academic programs to 3,026 students: 15 Associate Degrees, 13 Bachelor’s Degrees, seven (7) Master’s degrees, and five (5) Graduate Professional Certificates. Based on values such as tolerance, respect for diversity, social responsibility, and ethics, our commitment to Puerto Rico and other cultures around the world is acknowledged. We believe in the human capacity of self-direction, integration and community collaboration, and the contributions of its students for the social and economic development of the Island, healthy lifestyles, and cultural enrichment to its surroundings. www.edpuniversity.edu

Two identical 1 day workshops will be held at EDP University of Puerto Rico, Hato Rey Campus

  • Workshop 1 (30 participants): Wednesday March 25, 8:30 AM – 4:30 PM

All workshop events will be held at: Activities Room (Salón de Actos)
When you enter the lobby, please announce yourself to the Receptionist. An escort will have your name on file and will direct you to the appropriate elevator. On the fifth floor, another escort will direct you to the Activities Room Registration Table.


No special hotel is designated for the workshop. However, accommodations are plentiful in the surrounding area:


  •  Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport – SJU


Should you decide to drive in, EDP University has a private parking lot for your convenience.
Driving directions to EDP University can be found at the following link:

By Subway, or train, if appropriate

  • EDP University is at the corner of  Stop Ave. Domenech, Hato Rey

Registration fee. None

Nourishment. We will provide lunch and coffee/snacks in the morning and afternoon for each workshop. Please indicate if you have to follow a specific diet.

Get to know Puerto Rico. There are many attractions in and around the campus. For ideas on things to do, please see the following links:


If you have questions, please contact:
Margie Vela
Program Manager
NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub
[email protected]

This workshop is supported by the host institution, and the National Science Foundation (Awards 1832338/NMSU; 1832345/CSUN). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed during the workshop are those of the presenter and do not necessarily reflect the views of the host institution, the National Science Foundation, Cal State Northridge, DACC or New Mexico State University.