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Last competition: FY 2013
Application available in April 1, 2013
Deadline for transmittal of applications: May 31, 2013
Estimated Number of Awards: 12

Federal Register Notice

Current Application

All applicants are required to submit an application online through is a single access point for over 1,000 grant programs offered by federal and other grant-making agencies.

It is strongly recommended that potential applicants familiarize themselves with the Web site and complete the required registration well before the closing date. You can begin the registration process before the application is published on or while you are filling out the application. However, registration must be completed before you can submit your completed package. Please note that the registration process for organizations may take three to five days to complete. The site offers users extensive customer support options and resources for applicants.

Application packages in consist of two downloadable files: application instructions and the application package. To view the package, including required forms, the free Adobe Reader or compatible Acrobat Professional software must be installed on your computer.

Accessing the Application Package

  1. Start at the home page:
  2. Go to the Apply for Grants page:
  3. Click on Step 1: Download a Grant Application Package:
  4. Enter the CFDA number for the program(s): (84.120) and click "Download Package."
    Note that alpha suffixes to the CFDA number cannot be included in the search criteria. If there is more than one program sharing the numeric CFDA you will be able to select specific programs under that number using the program title after the numeric CFDA search.
  5. Click "Download" to access the application package and instructions.

Applicants who are unable to submit an application through the system may submit a written request for a waiver of the electronic submission requirement. Requests for waivers are due at least two weeks before the application deadline date. See the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for additional details on requesting a waiver.

Page limits and acceptable fonts for grant applications. Please refer to the Notice Inviting Applications for New Awards for page limits and font types an applicant may use when submitting grant applications for this competition.

Tips for submitting applications electronically through

  • Begin the registration process as soon as possible. Register early: preferably at least five days before the deadline.
  • Download and review the application instructions from
  • Complete the application package according to the application instructions.
  • Review and verify all program assurances and certifications.
  • Verify on that registration is complete and that your Authorized Organization Representative (AOR) status is approved if you are the submitter.
  • Submit your application early, ensuring sufficient time for the validation process.
  • Verify your submission through the Web site.

Tips and Assistance

Program Priorities: In the FY 2013 competition, the Department is particularly interested in applications that meet the following program priorities:

  • Competitive Preference Priority (1)

    Increasing Postsecondary Success. Projects that are designed to increasing the number and proportion of high-need students (as defined in the Federal Notice) who persist in and complete college or other postsecondary education and training.

    Note: We will award an additional two points to an application that meets the Competitive Preference Priority.

  • Invitational Priorities (2)

    Invitational Priority 1: Institutionalize Practices which have Evidence of Success. Building institutional capacity to effect long-range improvement in science and engineering education through projects that are supported by strong or moderate evidence of effectiveness.

    Invitational Priority 2: Improve STEM Education in the First Two Years of College. This invitational priority invites applications to eliminate systemic problems and impediments that result in high failure and dropout rates within the introductory years of science and engineering programs. We invite applications for projects that are designed to improve student success and retention in the first two years.

Please note that these priorities are explained in detail in the Notice. You are urged to review the Notice carefully for additional details explaining the preference priorities before preparing your application.

Pre-Application Webinars for Applicants

Slide Presentation from the 2013 Webinars: download files MS PowerPoint (1.12MB) | PDF (473K)

FY 2013 MSEIP Pre-Application Webinars:

Application Contact

Dr. Stacey Slijepcevic
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Postsecondary Education, Institutional Service
Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program
1990 K Street, N.W., 6th Floor
Mail Stop K-OPE-6-6055
Washington, DC 20006
Telephone: (202) 219-7124

If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf TDD) or a text telephone (TTY), call the Federal Relay Service (FRS), toll free, at 1-800-877-8339.

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