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 content will focus on preparing grants for the new NSF HSI Initiative that seeks to increase grant support for STEM Education in Hispanic Serving Institutions (due date September 18, annually). During the event, participants will have a rare opportunity to seek advice from successful grant applicants, to direct questions to experienced and knowledgeable grant awardees, and to closely analyze a sample proposal to learn which pitfalls to avoid.

Intended Audience

The workshop is open to anyone interested in applying for the NSF HSI Initiative call NSF 19‐540.  Selection priority is for applicants who are (1faculty within their first 10 years of academic appointment, (2) from 2‐year and 4‐year HSIs that have been awarded limited prior NSF support, and (3) those who seek to collaborate on applications from 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), Derrick Brazill (Hunter), 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: 03/10/2020

  • 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


Following standard precautions, the workshop has been rescheduled to May 28 or 29, 2020, the date will be confirmed soon.The workshop will be from 8:30 am-4:30 pm  (24 participants; 1-day workshop)


Hunter College, located on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, is part of the City University of New York, the nation’s largest urban university. Founded in 1870 by Thomas Hunter in order to educate women who desired to be teachers, it is now coed with an enrollment of over 23,000 students. Of the undergraduates who responded to a recent study (2017), 32.2{6f2dd636dde0cf44e28ae7754eb3e98b274a593f5f7da8d0beb33c6d61f6d4e4} are Asian/Pacific Islander, 12.3{6f2dd636dde0cf44e28ae7754eb3e98b274a593f5f7da8d0beb33c6d61f6d4e4} are Black (non-Hispanic), 32.2{6f2dd636dde0cf44e28ae7754eb3e98b274a593f5f7da8d0beb33c6d61f6d4e4} are White (non-Hispanic), 0.1{6f2dd636dde0cf44e28ae7754eb3e98b274a593f5f7da8d0beb33c6d61f6d4e4} are American Indian or Native Alaskan, and 23.3{6f2dd636dde0cf44e28ae7754eb3e98b274a593f5f7da8d0beb33c6d61f6d4e4} are Hispanic, making it a Hispanic serving institution. The college comprises six schools: the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Social Work, the School of Education, the School of Nursing, the School of Urban Public Health, and the School of Health Professions. Taken together, they offer 55 programs leading to bachelor degrees, 15 leading to dual bachelor/master degrees and over 70 leading to master degrees.

All workshop events will be held at: The Glass Cafeteria on the 3rd floor of the West Building.
When you enter the lobby of the West Building (southwest corner of 68th street and Lexington Ave), proceed to the Welcome Desk. An attendant there will have your name on file and will direct you to the escalators. When you exit the escalator on the third floor, the Glass Cafeteria will be directly to your left.


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


• The nearest airports are LaGuardia (30 minutes by cab) and JFK (50 minutes by cab).


Should you decide to drive in, there are public parking garages located near the college:

Driving directions to Hunter College can be found at the following link:

By Subway, or train, if appropriate

Registration fee. None

Nourishment. We will provide Lunch and coffee/snacks in the morning and afternoon for each workshop

Optional Get to know Manhattan. 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 Hunter College, 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 Hunter College, the National Science Foundation, Cal State Northridge, DACC or New Mexico State University.