UHM internal competition guidelines for the NSF-Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Pre-Alliance Planning Program (LSAMP) (NSF 17-579) limited submission opportunity are described below. Please circulate to faculty investigators.

Access the full program solicitation at the following URL:

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: 1

Pre-Alliance Planning

Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible institution.

The Principal Investigator for Pre-Alliance Planning proposals should be the key personnel that will be responsible for organizing and implementing the planning activities. Institutional leadership support must be demonstrated by the participating institutions.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: 1

Program Synopsis

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.

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.

UHM Internal Competition

Pre-proposals for this internal competition should include the following in the order listed below in one PDF file using the filename: Last name_NSF_LSAMP_2017_pdf

1. Cover page (Limit 1 page): Include the following information:

  1. Proposal title in the form: LSAMP Pre-Alliance: [Project Title]
  2. PI name, position title, department, address, email address, phone number
  3. Name(s) and affiliation(s) of Co-I(s) and collaborator(s)

2. Project narrative (Total Limit 1 page)

Provide a summary description addressing the specific information detailed in the full solicitation (see url above) including;

To increase the number of alliances around the country, the pre-alliance opportunity is available for institutions seeking alliance funding, including B2B alliances, to address the goals of the LSAMP program. Institutions that have considered forming an alliance, begun compiling enrollment and degree data to assess the feasibility of forming an alliance, and garnered support from administrators and STEM faculty, are highly encouraged to seek pre-alliance support.

Funding may be used to conduct needs assessments, conduct organizational planning meetings, attend broadening participation planning meetings/conferences, etc. The planning proposal must demonstrate, at a minimum, the above efforts. If awarded pre-alliance support, NSF expects that a full alliance proposal will be submitted to the LSAMP program at the end of the planning period.

Funds are not allowed under this project type for student support or to begin STEM recruitment and retention intervention programs.

Prospective PIs are encouraged to contact LSAMP program officers to discuss pre-alliance planning activities.


Name Email Phone
LSAMP Program Team LSAMP_national@nsf.gov (703) 292-8640
A. James Hicks ahicks@nsf.gov (703) 292-4668
Martha L. James mjames@nsf.gov (703) 292-7772
LeRoy Jones II ljones@nsf.gov (703) 292-4684
Maurice Dues mdues@nsf.gov (703) 292-7311
Alfred W. Wilson awilson@nsf.gov (703) 292-4835

3. 2-page Biosketch for each PI and Co-PI(s)

Submit the PDF file to ovcr@hawaii.edu by 4:30 PM, Friday Sept 29th, 2017. Submissions will be reviewed by an Internal Advisory Committee convened by Velma Kameoka, Associate Vice Chancellor for Research.

NSF’s due dates

No Letter of Intent required

Full Proposal Deadlines (due by 5 p.m. submitter’s local time): November 17, 2017