The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) announced Oct. 11 that it has awarded $4 million in grants to 22 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and six Department of Energy (DOE) sites in key science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

This funding serves to launch NNSA’s Minority Serving Institution Partnership Program (MSIPP), a consortium program designed to build a sustainable STEM pipeline between DOE plants and laboratories and HBCUs.

The purpose of MSIPP is to enrich the STEM capabilities of HBCUs that aligns with the broad interests of DOE sites and emphasizes the career pipeline. The partnership provides STEM students with the cutting edge resources and technology housed at DOE facilities, ultimately increasing STEM student retention. 

Funding was given to eight teams comprised of 22 HBCUs and six plants and laboratories – NNSA’s Lawrence Livermore, Los Alamos, and Sandia national laboratories, Kansas City Plant, Y-12 National Security Complex, and the DOE’s Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.

N.C. A&T received awards in the following areas of research:

   • Malware Intelligence Harvesting for Greater Cyber Defense: with Voorhees College, Allen University, Clark Atlanta University at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL)

   • Support Advanced Manufacturing and Pipeline of Skilled Workforce: with Hampton University and Clark Atlanta University at Y-12 National Security Complex, KCP

   • Addressing the Shortage of Quality Cybersecurity Workers in the US: with Norfolk State University, Voorhees College, Bowie State University, North Carolina A&T State University and the University of the Virgin Islands at Sandia National Laboratories