The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $23.2 million to minority-serving institutions as part of the fiscal year 2019 Department of Defense Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions Research and Education Program. The awards range from $122,786 to $600,000 and support the acquisition of research equipment at HBCUs, minority-serving institutions and one tribal college. Eighteen HBCUs received a total of 24 grants under the program this year.
The program enhances work in scientific and engineering disciplines critical to the national security functions of Defense Department, improves the capacity of the colleges and universities to participate in Department of Defense research programs and activities and increases the number of graduates, including underrepresented minorities, in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics important to the defense mission.
“Equipment awards are crucial to increasing foundational research in support of the Department’s science and technology priorities and expanding university education programs,” said Evelyn Kent, director of the DoD HBCU/MSI Program and Outreach. “Alongside augmenting university research capabilities, these enhancements are designed to support students conducting research at their home institutions and further encourage them to pursue careers in STEM.”
Historically Black colleges and universities that are receiving grants under the program this year are listed below.
Clark Atlanta University
Delaware State University
Fayetteville State University
Florida A&M University
Johnson C. Smith University
Norfolk State University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
Prairie View A&M University
Tennessee State University
University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff
University of the District of Columbia
Virginia State University
Xavier University of Louisiana