Initiatives for Institutions

HHMI provides grants to four-year colleges and universities to support sustainable institutional changes that result in the inclusion, persistence, and development of all students in the sciences.

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24 Institutions Commit to Diversity and Inclusion Through 2017 HHMI Inclusive Excellence Initiative

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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. HHMI is currently conducting the second of its two competition rounds for its new initiative for institutions. Grants awarded in 2017, and to be awarded in 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 24 schools were awarded in the 2017 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

Initiative for Universities and Colleges

In 2014, HHMI selected 37 research universities to receive $60 million in grants over 5 years to improve how science is taught. The initiative enables the schools to focus on significant and sustained improvement in retaining students in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. This 2014 competition specifically challenged universities to develop and sustain strategies that would significantly increase the persistence in science of undergraduate students from all backgrounds. Also in 2014, HHMI supported three research universities to adapt and replicate the Meyerhoff Scholars Program.

The last initiative for the colleges competition was held in 2012, HHMI selected 47 small colleges and universities as the recipients of grants totaling over $50 million to prepare undergraduates to become leaders in science, medicine, and society. The 2012 grantees produced a Compendium of Major Accomplishments prior to their capstone meeting in 2017.

 

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For the 2017 and 2018 Inclusive Excellence competitions, grantee colleges and universities will be 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 six 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

HHMI is currently conducting the second of two competition rounds for both colleges and universities.  The first round of Inclusive Excellence grants were awarded in 2017. The second round will be awarded 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 (carnegieclassifications.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 Colleges
  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 anticipates selecting approximately 60 four-year colleges and universities over the two competition rounds, awarding 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
May 2018

First Grant Payment
September 2017

First Grant Payment
September 2018