Jumpstart Grantsmanship Workshops

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub is hosting Jumpstart Grantsmanship Workshops across the country. The workshops aim to coach and support faculty from HSIs to prepare competitive grant proposals for the new NSF HSI Initiative, focused on science education and building capacity at Hispanic Serving Institutions (due date September 18, annually). During these workshops, participants 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.

Jumpstart Grantsmanship Alumni include over 125 faculty from HSIs. Trainings prioritize early-career faculty currently working at HSIs and MSIs across the country looking to collaborate with colleagues. The program targets training and support for faculty within the first 10 years of their academic appointments. Faculty from 2-year and 4-year HSIs that have been awarded limited prior NSF support are given precedence for grantsmanship training. The HSI STEM Resource Hub prioritizes training for faculty looking to collaborate on applications, and facilitates collaboration through the HSI STEM Professionals Network. Jumpstart Grantsmanship training is free of charge for participants from HSIs and is supported by the National Science Foundation Grant Awards 1832338 and 1832345.

Workshops are offered across the country. In 2020, the Hub will offer eight Jumpstart Grantsmanship Workshops in eight locations throughout the U.S. This year trainings will be hosted in: San Diego, CA; Clovis, CA, Miami, FL; New York, NY; Hato Rey, PR; Chicago, IL; Austin, TX; Taos, NM. In 2020 workshops are offered from January through May, and structured to accommodate busy faculty schedules by offering half-day, 1-day, and 2-day formats.

GANAS Minigrant Competition

The NSF HSI STEM Resource Hub hosted its first GANAS Minigrant competition this year. The call for proposals posted November 20; the submission portal closed January 17. The call aimed to fund proposers for preliminary needs for developing a competitive proposal for submission to the NSF HSI Program Solicitation (NSF 19-540) in fall 2020. These planning minigrants will be funded up to $12,500 and are awarded to project leaders developing a research project, building partnerships, identifying and working with an evaluator, preparing an IRB, and writing a proposal for the NSF HSI Program Solicitation (NSF 19-540). Submitted minigrants are currently in review and The Hub will award proposals this Spring.

The 2020-2021 call for minigrant proposals is expected to launch in August. Interested faculty are encouraged to join the HSI STEM Professionals Network for up to date information about Hub activities and events.  There are no fees to join. Members create a profile and join through the HSI STEM Hub at: https://hsistemhub.org/join/.

HSI STEM Professionals Network

The NSF National HSI STEM Resource Hub provides an online community for users to connect with colleagues across the country interested in: the success of Latinx students; builidng capacity of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs); and improving research through increasing grant awards to HSIs. Our network currently reaches 265 members in 20 states across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. All of our subscribers can register for upcoming workshops; receive news related to STEM Pedagogy, Multicultural Awareness and Institutional Capacity; and contact members in interested fields for collaborative research projects.

One of the many benefits to members of the HSI STEM Professionals Network is an online platform to upload publications and read other authors’ works about STEM Pedagogy, Multicultural Awareness and Institutional Capacity. The Hub is currently searching for published works found in open-source journals to assist with broad dissemination of valuable resources to our network members.