Managing Agency National Science Foundation

Program Description

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The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Alaska Native-serving institutions (ANSIs), and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions (NHSIs) to promote high quality science (including sociology, psychology, anthropology, economics, statistics, and other social and behavioral science as well as natural science and education disciplines), technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach. Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions for Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI), Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP), Partnerships for Geoscience Education (PAGE), Broadening Participation Research in STEM Education (BPR), Small Grants for Research (SGR), and Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI). Through these mechanisms, along with collaborations with other National Science Foundation (NSF) units and its work with other organizations, TCUP aims to increase Native individuals' participation in STEM careers and the quality of STEM programs at TCUP-eligible institutions.

General Program Requirements

Organizations eligible to submit TCUP proposals are Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions. Multiple campuses of one university system are normally encouraged to consider collaborative submissions. Executive Order 13021 defines Tribal Colleges and Universities ("tribal colleges") as those institutions cited in section 532 of the Equity in Educational Land-Grant Status Act of 1994 (7 U.S.C. 301 note), and other institutions that qualify for funding under the Tribally Controlled Community College Assistance Act of 1978, (25 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), as well as the Navajo Community College Assistance Act of 1978, Public Law 95- 471. Title II (25 U.S.C. 640a note). The term "Alaska Native-serving institution" means an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution under section 1058(b) of the Higher Education Act; and that, at the time of submission, has an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 20 percent Alaska Native students. The term "Native Hawaiian-serving institution" means an institution of higher education that is an eligible institution under section 1058(b) of the Higher Education Act; and that, at the time of submission, has an undergraduate enrollment that is at least 10 percent Native Hawaiian students.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Full Proposals submitted via FastLane:
NSF Proposal and Award Policies and Procedures Guide, Part I: Grant Proposal Guide (GPG) Guidelines apply. The complete text of the GPG is available electronically on the NSF website.

Full Proposals submitted via Grants.gov:
NSF Grants.gov Application Guide: A Guide for the Preparation and Submission of NSF Applications via Grants.gov Guidelines apply. Note that the NSF Grants.gov Application Guide is available on the Grants.gov website and on the NSF website.

Program Contact Information

Jody Chase, Ph.D.
Program Director
jchase@nsf.gov
703-292-8682

Additional Information

Tribes Funded by this Program20-40
Number of People Served by this Program (Approximate)Up to 1200
Entities Eligible for Grant AssistanceOther Tribal and Native Entities
Current Method of Tribal EligibilityProgram not specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives, but they are eligible
Do Tribes compete with other entities for funding from the program?Yes. TCUs compete with ANSIs and NHSIs
Type of Assistance ProvidedGrant
Recurring Base Funding for TribesNo
Funding TypeDiscretionary
Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number47.076
Matching Funds RequiredNo
Can the funding from the program be renewedNo

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