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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Minority Serving Institutions Program (MSIP)

NRC Minority Supporting Institutions Program
Number: 77.007
Agency: Nuclear Regulatory Commission

Program Information 

Program Number/Title (010):
77.007 U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Minority Serving Institutions Program (MSIP)
Federal Agency (030):
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
Authorization (040):
Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 651,c,4 and 622, Public Law 109-58, 119 Stat. 801, 42 U.S.C 2015(b) 2051(b); Executive Order 13256, 13270, and 13230.
Objectives (050):
To fund minority serving programs and activities, projects, symposiums, and training for the exchange and transfer of knowledge and skills relevant to nuclear safety, security, environmental protection, or any other fields the Commission deems critical to its mission. To provide assistance for minority serving programs and activities to include, but not limited to, mentoring, leadership development, training, instruction, developmental learning, research and development, program evaluation, and technical assistance. To provide assistance to include, but not limited to, direct institutional subsides, facilities and equipment acquisition, internships, fellowships, scholarships, and tuition and housing assistance.
Types of Assistance (060):
Uses and Use Restrictions (070):
Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training and related activities. Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions, the nature of assistance provided, and the purpose(s) for which the programs and activities were funded to achieve.
Eligibility Requirements (080)
Applicant Eligibility (081):
Minority Serving Institutions and organizations that provide services to Minority Serving Institutions and their students and faculty.
Beneficiary Eligibility (082):
Accredited U.S. public and private Minority Serving Institutions of higher education and their students and facility will benefit.
Credentials/Documentation (083):
Cost will be determined in accordance with 2 CFR 215 and 2 CFR 200. OMB Circular No. A-87 applies to this program.
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. Proposals should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement that will be posted at
Award Procedure (093):
Proposals will be screened for relevance, and, where required, reviewed for scientific and technical merit by qualified individuals. Recommendations for award are made by the review panel via U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Small Business and Civil Rights (SBCR), and the selected proposals will be forwarded to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Administration, Division of Contracts for development and award.
Deadlines (094):
Contact the headquarters or regional office, as appropriate, for application deadlines.
Range of Approval/Disapproval Time (095):
From 120 to 180 days. .
Appeals (096):
Not Applicable.
Renewals (097):
From 60 to 90 days. Proposals for renewal are subject to review and acceptance by the Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Small Business and Civil Rights.
Assistance Consideration (100)
Formula and Matching Requirements (101):
Statutory formulas are not applicable to this program.
Matching requirements are not applicable to this program.
MOE requirements are not applicable to this program.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance (102):
The project periods for grants shall not exceed five (5) years at intervals determined at the time of the award. Funds must be obligated within the approved project period. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: quarterly.
Post Assistance Requirements (110)
Reports (111):
Program reports are not applicable. No cash reports are required. Progress report requirements will be stipulated in the terms of award in compliance with 2 CFR 215.5. Federal Financial Reports (SF-425) must be submitted to the Agency in compliance with 2 CFR 215.51 and 2 CFR 215.52, at intervals stipulated in the terms of award. Performance monitoring is not applicable.
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.
Records (113):
Award recipients must comply with 2 CFR 215.53, "Retention and Access Requirements for Records.".
Financial Information (120)
Obligations (122):
(Project Grants) FY 13 Not Available; FY 14 Estimate Not Available; and FY 15 Estimate Not Available
Range and Average of Financial Assistance (123):
Award amounts range from $5,400 to $117,500 with an average of $67,000 in FY2009.
Program Accomplishments (130):
Not Applicable.
Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature (140):
Guidelines for The Minority Supporting Institution Program is on line at

EPA Section 651(c) (4), 42 U.S.C. 2051(b); 2 CFR 215 and 2 CFR 200.
Information Contacts (150)
Regional or Local Office (151) :
Headquarters Office (152):
Ms. Tuwanda M. Smith, Esq. Two White Flint North, 11545 Rockville Pike , Rockville, Maryland 20852 Email: Phone: 301- 415-7394
Website Address (153):
Examples of Funded Projects (170):
Fiscal Year 2013: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2014: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2015: No Current Data Available
Criteria for Selecting Proposals (180):
Soundness of the proposed approach including objectives, methodology, plan of operation, timetable, expected products and results, evaluation and dissemination plans. The applicant's ability to perform the project is assessed relative to the competency of the proposed investigator or group to successfully pursue the project; the adequacy of the available and proposed facilities and resources; the necessity of the budget components requested in relation to the proposed project; and the relevance and importance to the program objectives in the funding opportunity announcement.