National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

The program's primary focus is to engage minority serving institutions (MSIs) in NNSA mission activities, collaborative research projects throughout the NNSA complex, and future workforce development.

Agency - Department of Energy

The Department of Energy's goal is to advance national, economic and energy security in the U.S.; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that goal; and to ensure environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex.

Program Accomplishments

Minority institutions' faculty and students are 1) conducting valuable research in support of the NNSA mission requirements, 2) collaborating with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on research projects, 3) educating students to become nuclear engineers, 4) participating in summer internships around the NNSA complex and 5) forming collaborative partnerships among the participating institutions and other majority of institutions of higher education. From FY 05 to present, NNSA has awarded 43 financial assistance awards to 25 Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) totaling over $72,000,000 (includes $25M to be awarded by 9/30/08).

Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication and training costs, and services required for conducting research, training, and related activities.

Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit.

Restrictions on the use of funds depend on grant provisions.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs.

Beneficiary Eligibility

The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Middle and high school will also benefit due to the institutions of higher learning's programs supported by NNSA.


Documentation for indirect cost rates and any other documentation required by OMB Circular A-21 must be provided.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination


This program is excluded from coverage under E.O.


Application Procedures

Application forms and instructions are available upon request from the Associate Administrator for Management and Administration Office; phone: (202) 586-6174.

Award Procedures

NNSA technical staff conduct evaluations in accordance with the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 2. If the proposal meets the pre-established CFR criteria, then a grant is awarded.


Deadlines are established by the Associate Administrator for Management and Administration Office.


Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189; 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Nuclear Security Administration Act, Public Law 106-65, as amended; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-103; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5, as amended; Executive Order 13230, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, October 12, 2001, as amended; Executive Order 13256, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002, as amended; Executive Order 13270, Tribal Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2002, as amended.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

The range is from 60 to 90 days.




Grants will be modified or extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the NNSA Headquarters and/or Operations' program offices.

Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula or matching funds requirement.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The grant period ranges from 1 to 5 years depending upon available appropriations. Expenditure of funds is allowed during the budget period specified in the grant document. The payment type and schedule are arranged at the time of award. Funding is provided to the grantee on a reimbursable basis.

Post Assistance Requirements


The DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2) is incorporated into the grant document at the time of award.

This checklist specifies the programmatic and financial reports that are required as well as the timeframe for report submission.


Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and/or before final payment in accordance with grant provisions and OMB Circular-133.


The grantee is required to maintain auditable records in accordance with CFR Part 2 Subpart 215.53.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $36,357,377; FY 08 est $25,000,000; and FY 09 est $25,000,000.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

The awards range from $100,000 to $4,000,000.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

CFR Part 2 and Part 6 and OMB Circular A-21.

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Office of the Associate Administrator for Management and Administration (NA-60), National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA), US Department of Energy (DOE), 1000 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20585; Telephone: 202-586-6174.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work; 2) technical merit; 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators; 4) quality of the proposed research plan; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources.

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