Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Program

The Department of Navy's (DoN's) Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions (HBCU/MI) program is designed to increase the participation of HBCU/MIs in the Navy's research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) programs and activities.

As part of its mission, the program strengthens the capabilities of the institutions to conduct basic and applied research, and increases the quality and quantity of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs with a focus on minority researchers and graduates.

These programmatic objectives will be achieved through the implementation and performance of three program goals:

  1. Expanding opportunities for schools to successfully compete for grants and contracts for basic and applied research.
  2. Offering scholarships, fellowships and internships to students pursuing degrees in STEM studies.
  3. Leveraging existing relationships between HBCU/MI and K-12 school systems to inspire and engage diverse students in STEM studies.

The HBCU/MI program supports national security functions across DoN through increased involvement in basic and applied research. With its focus on preparing underrepresented student populations for employment in the technical fields, the program supports the Secretary of the Navy's STEM roadmap for building the next-generation naval workforce.

Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Summer Research Program for HBCU/MI Undergraduate Students: This 10-week intern program is designed to provide opportunities for undergraduate students at HBCU/MIs to participate in research, under the guidance of an appropriate research mentor, at NRL.

Navy HBCU/MI Faculty Startup Program in Materials Science and Engineering: This initiative provides start-up funds for provosts and deans to use as a faculty recruiting tool at institutions having programs in materials science/engineering.

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