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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP)

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    Funder Type

    Federal Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    National Science Foundation (NSF)


    The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program is an alliance-based program. The program's theory is based on the Tinto model for student retention. The overall goal of the program is to assist universities and colleges in diversifying the nation's science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce by increasing the number of STEM baccalaureate and graduate degrees awarded to populations historically underrepresented in these disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

    The LSAMP program takes a comprehensive approach to student development and retention. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines.

    The LSAMP program also supports knowledge generation, knowledge utilization, program impact and dissemination type activities. The program seeks new learning and immediate diffusion of scholarly research into the field.  Under this program, funding for STEM educational and broadening participation research activities could include research to develop new models in STEM engagement, recruitment and retention practices for all critical pathways to STEM careers or research on interventions such as mentoring, successful learning practices and environments, STEM efficacy studies, and technology use. 

    Overall, the LSAMP program provides funding to alliances that implement comprehensive, evidence-based, innovative, and sustained strategies that ultimately result in the graduation of well-prepared, highly-qualified students from underrepresented minority groups who pursue graduate studies or careers in STEM.

    Project types under this program include:
    • Alliances. Alliances are consortia of multiple degree-granting institutions. Organizations from other sectors, including informal science organizations, may be participants. Projects focus on pre-college and undergraduate recruitment and retention activities. Types of LSAMP alliances are described as follows:
      • STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies.  Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline, e.g., production of mathematicians. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for less than 10 years.  Projects are five years in duration.
      • STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation. Both components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type. These are five-year projects.
      • Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college. These are three-year projects focused on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs.
    • Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity:  BD projects are two-year projects eligible only to existing alliances funded 10 or more consecutive years.  These projects are focused on providing post-baccalaureate fellowship support to a cohort of 12 LSAMP students for the first two years of their STEM graduate studies and providing the necessary academic and research skills that will enable them to successfully earn STEM doctoral degrees and transition into the STEM workforce.
    • Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation (LSRCE). These centers can serve as regional outreach and knowledge-diffusion centers of excellence for alliance and non-alliance organizations. LSRCE's are projects that have wide latitude for design with a focus on technical assistance in the broadening participation arena, for example, and are focused on increasing the knowledge base on broadening participation topics through research, evaluation and synthesis activities. Centers do not provide direct degree production interventions or student support activities. The projects may be three or five years in duration depending on the scope of activities.
    • Pre-Alliance Planning:  Pre-Alliance planning projects undertake planning activities necessary to form new alliances. Recipients of pre-alliance planning grants must commit to submission of an alliance or center proposal following the planning period.  Projects are up to 18 months in duration.
    • Conferences and other supplemental funding opportunities are supported for existing LSAMP alliances or LSAMP institutions. Examples include the NSF-Department of Energy collaboration to provide cutting-edge research experiences to students and faculty participants. These opportunities also may be announced under Dear Colleague Letters. Conference proposals may be submitted under NSF's general proposal guidelines as unsolicited proposals.
    In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that includes biological sciences (except medicine and other clinical fields); physical sciences (including physics, chemistry, astronomy, and materials science); mathematical sciences (including statistics and data science); computer and information sciences; geosciences (including earth and ocean sciences); engineering; and technology areas associated with the preceding disciplines (for example, biotechnology, chemical technology, nanotechnology, engineering technology, information technology).

    History of Funding

    Recent awards made through this program can be found at

    Additional Information

    The NSF LSAMP Program allows grantees to provide performance-based stipend support to undergraduate students. However, LSAMP is not a student financial aid scholarship program, and thus funds should NOT be used to award scholarships to students.

    The LSAMP Program does NOT make awards directly to individual students to undertake their education or research activities. Students are encouraged to contact the respective institutions to inquire about whether there are LSAMP programs (including Bridge to the Doctorate) on their campuses.

    All students receiving stipends/fellowships must be U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, or permanent residents of the United States.


    A. James Hicks

    A. James Hicks
    LSAMP Program Team
    4201 Wilson Boulevard
    Arlington', VA 22230
    (703) 292-4668

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are only universities and colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. 

    The following may submit as lead or collaborating organization for the Lewis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation project type:
    • Universities and Colleges - Universities and two- and four-year colleges (including community colleges) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the US acting on behalf of their faculty members. Such organizations also are referred to as academic institutions.
    • Non-profit, non-academic organizations: Independent museums, observatories, research labs, professional societies and similar organizations in the U.S. associated with educational or research activities.
    • For-profit organizations: U.S. commercial organizations, especially small businesses with strong capabilities in scientific or engineering research or education.

    Deadline Details

    Proposal deadlines vary by program:
    • Bridge to the Doctorate (BD) Activity: November 03, 2017. First Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
    • New and Renewal LSAMP Pre-Alliance Planning, Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B), STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Projects: November 17, 2017. Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
    • STEM Pathways and Research Alliances:  January 26, 2018
    • Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation: January 26, 2018. Last Friday in January, Annually Thereafter
    • STEM Pathways and Research Alliances: November 16, 2018. Third Friday in November, Annually Thereafter
    Proposals for conferences/workshops may be submitted at any time during the year, but the proposers should plan on at least 10 months lead time to allow for review and processing of the proposal.

    Award Details

    Approximately $40,670,000 is anticipated to be available in total funding. Award amount varies by project area. Cost sharing/matching is not required.
    • STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance: Up to 5 awards are made, annually. Project length is 5 years. Award size is up to $4,500,000.
    • STEM Pathways and Research Alliances: Up to 5 awards are made, annually. Project length is 5 years. Award size is up to $4,000,000. These projects will be managed by NSF as continuing grants
    • Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B): Up to 5 awards are made, annually. Project length is 3 years. Award size is up to $1,500,000.
    • Bridge to the Doctorate Activity (BD): Up to 15 awards are made, annually. Project length is 2 years. Award size is up to $1,075,000 (Per student: $64,000 stipend, $12,000 tuition & fees); $19,000 (in lieu of indirect costs).
    • Louis Stokes Regional Centers of Excellence in Broadening Participation: Up to 3 awards are made, annually. Project length is 3 or 5 years. Award size is to $1,500,000 over 3 years or up to $2,500,000 over 5 years.
    • Pre-Alliance Planning: Up to 5 awards are made, annually. Project length is 18 months. Award size is up to $125,000.


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