Inclusive Excellence

HHMI provides grants to four-year colleges and universities to increase institutional capacity for inclusion of students from all backgrounds in science.

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HHMI promotes leadership in science education through peer-reviewed grants competitions for four-year colleges and universities. The competitions enable HHMI to highlight important national issues in science education, support science faculty in addressing these problems, and encourage institutions to become leaders in science education excellence.

Inclusive Excellence

Inclusive Excellence represents a new strategy for HHMI’s grants to institutions. Grants awarded in 2017 and 2018, aim to help institutions build their capacity to effectively engage all students in science throughout their undergraduate years, especially those who come to college via nontraditional pathways. A total of 57 schools were awarded in the 2017 and 2018 Inclusive Excellence initiative. The 65 schools that submitted full proposals in the 2017 round, along with 49 schools selected through a second round of pre-proposals, were invited to submit full proposals for the 2018 competition.

Between 1988 and 2014, competitions for research universities alternated with competitions for primarily undergraduate colleges. That work has contributed to several advances in undergraduate science education, including:

  • Engaging large cohorts of undergraduates in authentic research, including course-based research experiences
  • Developing the teaching skills of undergraduate science and mathematics majors who plan to become teachers
  • Establishing approaches and practices to broaden participation so that students of all backgrounds are encouraged to learn science
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For the 2017 and 2018 Inclusive Excellence competitions, grantee colleges and universities were awarded five-year, non-renewable $1 million grants to support efforts in inclusive science education. Successful institutions receive financial support and associated faculty and staff join a national community of science education leaders and advocates, including through regional Peer Implementation Clusters stretching from Hawaii and the west coast to the east coast.

Program Directors of institutional grants have multiple opportunities to exchange ideas and learn from each other and the broader science education community. For Inclusive Excellence grantees, HHMI offers a kick-off meeting for new directors and other key players in the grants, an annual meeting of program directors, an annual meeting for each Peer Implementation Cluster, and an online forum in the AAC&U’s STEM Central.

HHMI has partnered with the AAC&U to support an Inclusive Excellence Commission, which will evaluate how institutions are changing to become more inclusive and disseminate what is being learned to the broader science education community.

 

Inclusive Excellence

The first round of Inclusive Excellence grants were awarded in 2017 and the second round in 2018. 

To have been eligible for the 2017 or 2018 rounds, an institution must have met the following requirements:

1. Be a not-for-profit, four year institution in one of the following Basic Classification categories as identified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (carnegieclassification.iu.edu):

  • Baccalaureate Colleges--arts and sciences focus and diverse fields
  • Baccalaureate/Associate's Colleges
  • Master's Colleges and Universities--larger, medium, and smaller programs
  • Doctoral/Research Universities--highest (R1), higher (R2), and moderate (R3) research activity
  • Tribal College

2. Offer four-year baccalaureate degrees in the natural sciences or offer a single baccalaureate degree that is inclusive of the natural sciences.

3. Be accredited and in good standing with the appropriate regional accrediting organization.

4. Not a 2014 HHMI undergraduate science education grant recipient.

Both the 2017 and 2018 rounds of Inclusive Excellence included an Intent to Apply, followed by a pre-proposal stage.

HHMI selected finalists from the pre-proposals and invited those institutions to submit a full proposal. In the case of the 2018 competition, institutions that submitted full proposals but were not awarded in 2017, were invited to submit full proposals in the 2018 competition. HHMI selected 57 four-year colleges and universities over the two competition rounds and awarded each institution a five-year, $1 million grant.

The program announcement provides details about the Inclusive Excellence competitions. More information about the 2017 awardees is available in the news release of June 2017 and in the 2017 Project Abstracts.

2017 Program Dates 2018 Program Dates
Intent to Apply
CLOSED
Intent to Apply
CLOSED
Pre-proposal Application
CLOSED
Pre-preposal Application Due
CLOSED
Invitation to submit full proposals
CLOSED
Invitation to submit full proposals
CLOSED
Full Proposals Due
CLOSED
Full Proposals Due
CLOSED
Announcement of Awards
May 2017
Announcement of Awards
June 2018
First Grant Payment
September 2017
First Grant Payment
September 2018