Limited Submission Programs - Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Sustaining Excellence: New Awards for Science Education to Research Universities 2014 Competition

Summary of Opportunity
Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI): Sustaining Excellence: New Awards for Science Education to Research Universities 2014 Competition
OSP Deadline

OSP for Review/Endorsement: 09/26/13 by 8:30 a.m.

Full Proposal: 10/01/13 – 2 p.m. Eastern

Funding Agency Deadline

UT Intent to Submit A Proposal: 06/04/13 by 2 p.m. Eastern

(OSP will submit intent)

Funding or Award Criteria

Program Description: Through this competition, we [HHMI] expect to make up to 35 grants, with each award being up to $2.5 million over five years. The program announcement and the list of the invited 203 research universities can be found at Each invited institution may submit one proposal.

The approach of HHMI is to invest in people. Our Investigators program enables scientists to creatively pursue challenging questions, and our Science Education programs encourage the development of students who will become scientists, science educators, and members of a scientifically-literate public. Since 1988, HHMI has awarded more than $870 million in grants to 274 public and private colleges and universities in the United States and Puerto Rico. Schools have used these grants to provide important opportunities for their undergraduate students. These grants are distinctive because they are designed to represent the commitment of the institution, not an individual faculty member, and because they encourage institutions to achieve educational objectives through combinations of strategies. Information about the HHMI science education programs at colleges and universities may be found at

Much of the responsibility for sustaining our nation's scientific excellence resides in our research universities, which are home to some of the world's best scientists and recruit the nation's most talented students whose backgrounds reflect the dynamic demographics of the country. The 2014 competition,"Sustaining Excellence," will encourage research universities to develop effective strategies that lead to significant and sustained improvement in the persistence in science by all students, including those students who belong to groups underrepresented in science. Successful proposals will effectively present the rationale for each of the proposed activities so that it is clear how the activity will contribute to 'the objective of student persistence at the institution. We seek bold ideas grounded in evidence-based strategies.



Applicable Field(s)


Number of Nominees Allowed One (1) proposal
Required Internal Review Documents

Associate Deans or Designates should submit the following materials electronically to by 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 10, 2013:

  1. Dean's or ORU Director's Letter of Nomination
  2. Two-page maximum lay abstract describing the aims/needs of the proposed research project.
  3. Short bio sketch/CV of the UT PI

Your College may submit one (1) nomination for consideration. NOTE: If more than one nomination is submitted, all nominations will be returned without review.


**Note to Potential Applicants**

Internal review documents do not reflect the application requirements set forth by the sponsor. Please review solicitation carefully.

Nominee(s) Selected to Advance Dr. Sarah L. Simmons, College of Natural Sciences
Posting Date 04/24/13