Historically Black Colleges and Universities/Minority Institutions Program

The Department of Navy's (DoN) 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 the 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.

Summer Faculty Research Program (SFRP) The SFRP provides an opportunity for faculty to participate in research at a DoN laboratory or warfare center from May through August. Eligible faculty must be U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at any U.S. college or university to include Minority Serving Institutions.

Sabbatical Leave Program (SLP) The SLP provides an opportunity for faculty to participate in naval-relevant research at a DoN laboratory or warfare center during the academic school year. Eligible faculty must be U.S. citizens who hold teaching or research appointments at any U.S. college or university to include Minority Serving Institutions.

Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) Internship ProgramThe NAVAIR internship program is a 6- to 8-week research experience during which students work side-by-side with assigned mentors to explore topics related to naval aviation.

Naval Opportunity Awareness Workshop (OAW) The Naval OAW is strategically designed to allow program officers and program managers across DoD agencies to interact directly with presidents, vice presidents, provosts, and faculty at HBCUs and MIs. As a technical interchange, the OAW provides a critical platform for direct engagement and face-to-face interaction with key stakeholders, potential grantees and future partners.

Naval Science Awards Program (NSAP) The NSAP program is an initiative that encourages our nation's students, at the junior high and high school level, to develop and retain an interest in STEM through participation in state and regional science fairs.

U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Internship Program 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.

For more information:

ONR Education Program Director: Anthony C. Smith, Sr.
Email: anthony.c.smith1@navy.mil

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