UNIQUE AREAS OF EXCELLENCE

As part of the System's Nine-Point Strategic Initiatives, Grambling State University is focusing on and building on its academic strengths through "Unique Areas of Excellence" to attract top faculty, staff, students, grants, and awards in the following areas:

  • Mass Communication
  • Criminal Justice
  • Teacher Education
  • Nursing/Allied Health
  • Mathematics and Computer Science

Grants -- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

EPA Grants Information
http://www.epa.gov/ogd/grants.htm
http://www.epa.gov/ebtpages/egrants.html

Challenge Grants
http://www.ecograntchallengegrants.html

Construction Grants
http://www.ecograntconstructiongrants.html

Environmental Education Grants
http://www.ecograntenvironmental
educationgrants.html

Environmental Justice Grants
http://www.ecograntenvironmental
justicegrants.html

Hardship Grants
http://www.ecogranthardshipgrants.html

Program Grants
http://www.ecograntprogramgrants.html

Restoration Grants
http://www.ecograntrestorationgrants.html

Set Aside Grants
http://www.ecograntsetasidegrants.html

Performance Partnership Grants
http://www.ecograntperformance
partnershipgrants.html

Small Business Innovation Research Grants
http://www.sbir.dsu.edu/home/agencies.htm

  • Department of Agriculture

http://www.reeusda.gov/serd/hep/hep.htm

  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • National Science Foundation
  • Department of Transportation
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Small Business Administration

INTRODUCTION. The U.S. Congress established the Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Program to stimulate technological innovation, utilize small business to meet federal research and development needs, and increase private sector commercialization.  BACKGROUND. There are ten (10) federal agencies which participate in this program. The program is administered similarly by each of these departments. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) issues one (1) annual solicitation. The Phase I solicitation opens in late January and closes in early April. Awardees are notified in mid-July; with a projected start date of September 1.  The solicitation document provides comprehensive information, including:

  • Background on the SBIR program;
  • Topical areas of interest to ED;
  • Information sources and Departmental contacts;
  • Proposal evaluation criteria; and, Procurement information (rights in technical data, copyrights, patents, and equipment). 

PHASES - SBIR is a highly competitive three-phase award program

  • Phase I is a feasibility study to evaluate the scientific and technical merit of an idea. Proposals are evaluated based on published criteria by panels of expert reviewers. Awards are for periods up to six (6) months in amounts up to $50,000.
  • Phase II is to expand on the results of and to further pursue the development of Phase I. Phase II applicants must be Phase I awardees. Once again, proposals are evaluated based on published criteria by panel of expert reviewers. Awards are for periods up to two (2) years in amounts up to $300,000.
  • Phase III is for the commercialization of Phase II results and requires the use of private sector or non-SBIR Federal funding.

ELIGIBILITY. Small businesses must meet certain eligibility criteria to participate:

  • The company is American-owned and independently operated;
  • It is for-profit and employs no more than 500 employees; and,
  • The principal researcher is employed by the business.