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.

Learning Objectives

The Jumpstart workshop will provide participants with an understanding of components needed to prepare a successful proposal to the NSF HSI Initiative. Attendees will:

  1. Learn how to develop a proposal that is responsive to a specific call
  2. Understand how to navigate FASTLANE and upload required proposal forms
  3.  Prepare and justify a budget
  4. Craft an NSF biosketch that highlights professional achievements in support of grant goals
  5. Perform institutional gap analysis & frame student success
  6. Learn how to use evaluation and assessment to design and meet proposal objectives
  7. Identify institutional capacity and administrative resources in support of the project
  8. Apply NSF review criteria to evaluation of a sample proposal
  9. Identify a network of potential collaborators from HSI and other 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).



  • Final deadline to apply: March 12, 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:  Delia Valles-Rosales (NMSU),  Martha Desmond (NMSU)


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

Workshop Materials

Dates & Locations


Following standard precautions, the workshop has been rescheduled to a later date TBA (24 participants; 2-day workshop)


MDC’s Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami (300 NE 2nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33132) in Room 6100.

Campus Map: https://www.mdc.edu/wolfson/img/Wolfson-Campus-Map.pdf

All workshop events will be held at: Room 6100

Suggested Lodging

Holiday Inn Port of Miami-Downtown located at 340 Biscayne Blvd, Miami, FL 33132 (Only one block away).

340 Biscayne Blvd

Miami, FL 33132



The nearest airports are Miami International Airport (MIA, 7.6 mi) and Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL, 24.8 mi)

Driving Directions

Driving directions to Miami Dade College, Wolfson Campus can be found at the following link:



Visitors are allowed to park in the garage located on 500 NE Second Ave.

Parking Garage: Monday – Friday: 6 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday: 6 a.m. – 7 p.m. Sunday: Closed

Parking Lot 3: Monday – Friday: 6:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed

Parking Lots 1 & 2 (This is the onlyparking for bicycles and motorcycles): Monday – Friday: 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. Saturday: Closed Sunday: Closed


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

Get to know Miami

There are many attractions in Miami. For ideas on things to do, please see the following links:


Participants Stipends

A completed W-9 and NMSU Payment Request Form must be mailed to the address below within 30-days of the last day of the workshop. A self-addressed, stamped envelope is included with your workshop materials.

W-9: https://www.irs.gov/pub/irs-pdf/fw9.pdf. Attached to this file.

  • Completing your W-9
    1. Fill in the top portion of the form
    2. Complete Part I
    3. Sign Part II

NMSU Payment Request Form: Attached to this file.

  • Completing the Payment Request Form
  1. Sections 1, 3 and 4 are completed for you.
  2. Complete Section 2
  3. Sign Section 3 before

Note: Section 5 and 6 will be completed at NMSU during processing- Do not fill in Sections 5 and 6.

Payment will begin processing upon receipt of these forms at:

ATTN: HSI STEM Resource Hub

Dona Ana Community College


New Mexico State University

P.O. Box 30001

Las Cruces, NM 88003


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.