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Division of Undergraduate Education

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions  (HSI Program)

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSI Program) Information

HSI Webinars for PIs

The HSI Program hosted a technical assistance webinar for Principal Investigators on December 17, 2108 and February 5, 2019, in support of solicitation NSF 19-540. The webinar slides may be viewed here

The HSI Program, along with the Division of Grants and Agreements, hosted a webinar for Authorized Organizational Representatives (i.e., those responsible for submitting proposals to the HSI Program) on February 12, 2019. The webinar slides may be viewed here.

Potential Reviewers
Persons interested in serving on panels to review proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) may submit their information through this survey.

The HSI Program FAQs may be found here.

The HSI Program Certification Form is available here.

Name Email Phone Room
Erika  Camacho (703) 292-2834   
Michelle  M. Camacho- Walter (703) 292-8718   


Solicitation  19-540

Important Information for Proposers

A revised version of the NSF Proposal & Award Policies & Procedures Guide (PAPPG) (NSF 20-1), is effective for proposals submitted, or due, on or after June 1, 2020. Please be advised that, depending on the specified due date, the guidelines contained in NSF 20-1 may apply to proposals submitted in response to this funding opportunity.


Full Proposal Deadline Date

    September 16, 2020

    Third Wednesday in September, Annually Thereafter


The Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSI Program) seeks to enhance the quality of undergraduate STEM education at HSIs and to increase retention and graduation rates of undergraduate students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) at HSIs. In addition, the HSI Program seeks to build capacity in undergraduate STEM education at HSIs that typically do not receive high levels of NSF grant funding. The National Science Foundation (NSF) established the HSI Program in response to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017 (P.L. 115-31) and the American Innovation and Competitiveness Act (P.L. 114-329). The HSI Program is aligned with NSF’s commitment to increase access for underrepresented groups to the Nation’s STEM enterprise.

In designing the HSI Program, NSF sought community input by several mechanisms ( and has continued to gather community input to inform future components of, or modifications to, the HSI Program.

To be eligible for HSI Program funding, the institution serving as the awardee organization must, at the time of application, be accredited, offer undergraduate educational programs in STEM, and satisfy the definition of an HSI as specified in section 502 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1101a). Institutions should review the legislation before certifying their eligibility for this program (

The HSI Program will accept proposals in two tracks:

  1. Track 1: Building Capacity funds projects up to $2,500,000 for up to 5 years and is open to all eligible institutions. This track has three priority areas: Critical Transitions; Innovative Cross-Sector Partnerships; and Teaching and Learning in STEM.
  2. Track 2: HSIs New to NSF funds projects up to $300,000 for up to 3 years and is open only to eligible institutions that have never received NSF funding, or that have not received NSF funding in the five years preceding the proposal deadline.


What Has Been Funded (Recent Awards Made Through This Program, with Abstracts)

Map of Recent Awards Made Through This Program