HU ADVANCE-IT Cycle 1 NSF Mini-Grants

Call for Proposals!





Since its founding in 1867 by General Oliver Howard, a Civil War hero and Commissioner of the Freedmen’s Bureau, Howard University’s mission has included an institutional investment in the sciences and it has been committed to gender equality in education.  Using innovative, systematic, and organizational approaches, HU ADVANCE-IT will implement university-wide education, advocacy, and empowerment initiatives to transform the institutional climate to attract, retain, and advance to leadership more women STEM faculty.  The development of the proposed plan is informed by quantitative and qualitative institutional data that demonstrate its institutional readiness for intervention, best practices disseminated by other ADVANCE universities, and research on department climate, barriers to leadership development, career advancement for female faculty, and the psychological intersections of race and gender.  The continuous refinement of the HU ADVANCE-IT Plan will be guided by rigorous formative evaluation and the findings of the HU-ADVANCE-IT Social Science Study.   The purpose of the mixed methods social science study is to use a Participatory Action Research design to systematically investigate the nature and pattern of life experiences of women STEM faculty at Howard University through examining the interplay of the individual, institutional, and professional factors related to success and the advancement of their academic career in STEM. .  The HU ADVANCE-IT initiatives are designed to be an integral part of the University Renewal, are supported by the university’s senior administrative leadership, and are potentially transformative and original in their culturally responsiveness for advancing the academic careers of women faculty, particularly women of color faculty who remain severely underrepresented in STEM field.


What are Mini-Grants ?


HU ADVANCE-IT mini-grants are awarded to qualified individuals and/or teams of researchers in the Natural Sciences in the College of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Computer Science in the College of Engineering, Architecture and Computer Science and the Basic Sciences in the College of Medicine. More specifically, these grants are designed for faculty advancement and development to further the professional advancement and collaboration potential of STEM women, especially women of color.  Of particular interest, for example, is the desire and need to provide seed money for interdisciplinary research collaborations. Another, equally important vision is to promote visibility of women in the physical sciences, engineering, and mathematics through lectureships or other creative mechanisms.