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National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program

National Nuclear Security Administration
Number: 81.123
Agency: Department of Energy

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
81.123 National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Program
Federal Agency (030):
Department of Energy
Authorization (040):
Atomic Energy Act of 1954, as amended, Section 3157, Public Law 101-189; 103 Stat. 1684, 42 U.S.C. 2051; Energy Reorganization Act of 1974, Title I, Section 107, Public Law 93-438; 88 Stat. 1240, 42 U.S.C. 5817; Federal Nonnuclear Energy Research and Development Act of 1974, Public Law 93-577; Department of Energy (DOE) Organization Act of 1977, as amended, Public Law 95-91, 42 U.S.C. 7101; National Nuclear Security Administration Act, Public Law 106-65, as amended; Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005, Public Law 108-447; Energy and Water Development Appropriations Act, 2006, Public Law 109-103; Revised Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2007, Public Law 110-5, as amended; Executive Order 13230, President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, October 12, 2001, as amended; Executive Order 13256, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, February 12, 2002, as amended; Executive Order 13270, Tribal Colleges and Universities, July 3, 2002, as amended.
Objectives (050):
The program's primary focus is to engage minority serving institutions (MSIs) in NNSA mission activities, collaborative research projects throughout the NNSA complex, and future workforce development.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial support, in whole or in part, may be provided for salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication and training, and services required for conducting research, training, and related activities. Funding is provided for the purpose of exploring an idea that does not duplicate work already in progress or contemplated by DOE, is not already known to DOE, or has previously unrecognized merit. Restrictions on the use of funds depend on grant provisions.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and non-profit institutions servicing HBCUs, HSIs and TCUs.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
The general public, scientists, researchers, student/trainee, graduate students, institutions of higher learning, NNSA, and other US government agencies will benefit. Middle and high school will also benefit due to the institutions of higher learning's programs supported by NNSA.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Documentation for indirect cost rates and any other documentation required by 10CFR Part 600 and CFR Title 2. This program is excluded from coverage under OMB Circular No. A-87.
Application and Award Process (090)
Preapplication Coordination (091):
Preapplication coordination is not applicable. Environmental impact information is not required for this program. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.
Application Procedures (092):
OMB Circular No. A-102 applies to this program. OMB Circular No. A-110 applies to this program. Application forms and instructions are available upon request from the Associate Administrator for Management Administration and Budget Office (NA-MB-1-60); National Nuclear Administration (NNSA) U.S. Department of Energy, 1000 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20585; phone: (202) 586-6019.
Award Procedure (093):
NNSA's technical staff conduct technical evaluations in accordance with the 10CFR Part 600 and 2CFR. If the proposal meets the pre-established CFR criteria, then a grant and/or cooperative agreement is awarded.
Deadlines (094):
Not Applicable.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 90 to 120 days. The range is from 60 to 90 days.
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
From 120 to 180 days. Grants will be modified or extended as required. Renewals are subject to an annual review by the NNSA's Headquarters and/or Operations' program offices.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching Requirements: Percent: 20.%. According to 10CFR Part 30(2)(b), 20% matching funds for applied research are required.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The grant period ranges from 1 to 5 years depending upon available appropriations. Expenditure of funds is allowed during the budget period specified in the grant document. The payment type and schedule are arranged at the time of award. Funding is provided to the grantee on a reimbursable basis unless the grant provisions specify otherwise. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: reimbursement.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
The DOE Federal Assistance Reporting Checklist (DOE F 4600.2) is incorporated into the grant document at the time of award. This checklist specifies the programmatic and financial reports that are required as well as the timeframe for report submission. Standard Form 425 is completed and submitted on a quarterly basis. The grantee completes the SF-425 to specify the cumulative cash receipts, disbursements and on-hand balance. Quarterly Progress reports indicative of the progress made, planned activity and estimated expenditures for the subsequent quarters are required. A quarterly expenditure report specifying expenses for the quarter, cumulative expenditures and on-hand balance. Progress reports are monitored to measure grantee's progress and expenditures are monitored to ensure that there is a correlation between work performed and expenditures.
Audits (112):
In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular No. A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Non-Profit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular No. A-133. Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant period and/or before final payment in accordance with grant provisions and 10CFR Part 600 and CFR Title 2.
Records (113):
The grantee is required to maintain auditable records in accordance with CFR Part 2 Subpart 215.53.
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 est $14,531,000; and FY 15 est $13,231,000 - A competitive solicitation is anticipated in Fiscal Year 2015.
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Grant awards range from $750K to $5M annually over a either a three or five year period.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Fiscal Year 2013: • In support of North Carolina A&T State University through our Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program (MSIPP), The NC Board of Governors unanimously approved their PhD program in Computer Science that will begin in January 2014. Due to NCA&T’s track record in Computer Science and Cyber Security, and the fact that we have supported them in other STEM related initiatives, we always believed that NC&T had the appropriate infrastructure and vision to be a consortium member partner under MSIPP. Under MSIPP, NCA&T has proven that partnering with other academic institutions, our national labs and having access to their resources, can afford HBCUs the opportunity and ability to expand their curriculum, grow their STEM capability at the academic institution, and equip their students with the developmental tools and skills that are needed to address the workforce needs of NNSA, DOE, our sites and field offices and the federal government
• In July, Congressman Chaka Fattah visited Lawrence Livermore National Lab. During his visit, he met with MSI interns working at LLNL for the summer, and he was exposed to work being conducted under our Minority Serving Institutions Partnership Program’s Cyber Security Pipeline initiative led by LLNL scientist Tony Baylis
• Under the MSIPP, MSI students successfully completed the Monte Carlo N-Particle (MCNP) Training course at Los Alamos. This 4-day class focuses on using MCNP to perform criticality calculations for reactor physics and criticality safety applications. It is an intermediate level class, intended for those with at least some familiarity with MCNP.
Topics covered in MCNP training include:
• Criticality calculations using Monte Carlo methods
• Geometry, including lattices and repeated structures
• Tallies and mesh tallies
• Cross-section data
• Statistical analysis
• Assessing convergence of Keff and the source distribution
• Interactive running and plotting with MCNP
• Under MSIPP, the Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supported by the Kansas City Plant (KCP) conducted a Model Based Enterprise workshop over the summer at the Kansas City Plant. This workshop was highly successful, and resulted in the KCP Grand Challenge Problem in which the MSI consortium members will compete to see which member re-designs the most efficient Rocket Tail Assembly for Additive Manufacturing. The winner of this competition will be recognized at our annual MSI Technical Meeting in November. Fiscal Year 2014: • Initiated a brand new $25M, 5 year Cyber Security Consortium to begin 10/1/2014
• Received a $400k matching contribution from Los Alamos National Lab for the hiring of MSIPP students after graduation
• Through MSIPP, Alcorn State University went to the Health Physics Society Conference in Baltimore, MD and presented 10 research topics. For the second time, ASU was recognized as the only institution in the US (including non-minority serving) with highest scored student research presentation.
• Clark Atlanta won the Grand Challenge additive manufacturing competition held by Kansas City Plant for their rocket tail component design. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
10CFR Part 600 and CFR Part 2.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Jonathan Jackson 1000 Independence Ave. SW , Washington, District of Columbia 20585 Email: Phone: 2025866019
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: Educating engineers and scientists, scientific research, K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) initiatives, minority faculty and student summer internships, and scientific research related to the NNSA mission requirements. 8 consortiums focused in various STEM topical areas that include Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing. The Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Execellence Program was supported as well. Fiscal Year 2014: Educating engineers and scientists, scientific research, K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics (STEM) initiatives, minority faculty and student summer internships, and scientific research related to the NNSA mission requirements.
8 consortiums focused in various STEM topical areas that include Cyber Security and Advanced Manufacturing. The Dr. Samuel P. Massie Chairs of Execellence Program was supported as well. Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
The selection process is based on the following criteria: 1) Potential impact and relevance of proposed work; 2) technical merit; 3) qualifications of the proposed investigators; 4) quality of the proposed research plan; 5) proposed schedule, budget and available resources.