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U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Minority Serving Institutions Program (MSIP)

Program Descriptions

Program Number



U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Minority Serving Institutions Program (MSIP)


Federal Agency




Energy Policy Act of 2005, Sections 651,c,4 and 622, Public Law 109-58; Executive Orders 13256, 13270 and 13230.






To fund minority serving programs and activities, projects, symposiums, and training for the exchange and transfer of knowledge and skills relevant to nuclear safety, security, environmental protection, or any other fields the Commission deems critical to its mission. To provide assistance for minority serving programs and activities to include, but not limited to, mentoring, leadership development, training, instruction, developmental learning, research and development, program evaluation, and technical assistance. To provide assistance to include direct institutional subsides, facilities and equipment acquisition, internships, fellowships, scholarships, and tuition and housing assistance.


Types of Assistance

Project Grants; Direct Payments for Specified Use.


Uses and Use Restrictions

Financial support in whole or in part may be provided for such purposes as salaries, stipends, materials and supplies, equipment, travel, publication costs, training costs, and services required for conducting research, training and related activities. Restrictions on use of funds depend on grant provisions, the nature of assistance provided, and the purpose(s) for which the programs and activities were funded to achieve.


Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

Minority Serving Institutions and organizations that provide services to Minority Serving Institutions and their students and faculty.

Beneficiary Eligibility

U.S. public and private Minority Serving Institutions and their students and facility will benefit.


Cost will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-21 for institutions of higher education. Costs will be determined in accordance with OMB Circular No. A-87 for State and local governments.


Application and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

Letters of Intent are required. This program is excluded from coverage under E.O. 12372.

Application Procedure

Proposals should be submitted as specified in the funding opportunity announcement that will be posted at

Award Procedure

Proposals will be screened for relevance, and, where required, reviewed for scientific and technical merit by qualified individuals. Recommendations for award are made by the review panel via U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Office of Small Business and Civil Rights (SBCR), and the selected proposals will be forwarded to U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Office of Administration, Division of Contracts for development and award.


Deadlines are stated in the solicitations.

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Approximately 90-180 days.





Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

This program has no statutory formula.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

The schedule of NRC payments is arranged at the time of award.


Post Assistance Requirements


Upon receipt of an award, the following reports are required: Progress Reports, Financial Status Reports, Final Report and Compliance Reports as required by applicable civil rights statutes and regulations. These requirements will be specified in the solicitation, and as a condition of funding.


Costs incurred are subject to audit throughout the grant/cooperative agreement period and/or before final payment, with the extent and frequency of audit depending on the size and nature of the grant/cooperative agreement and on the particular grant/cooperative agreement provisions.


Recipient is expected to maintain accurate auditable records to substantiate total cost incurred under the grant/cooperative agreement.


Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $900,000; FY 08 est not available; and FY 09 est not reported.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance



Program Accomplishments

The assistance provided helps to establish partnership programs, stimulate renewed academic interest, strengthen the educational infrastructure and educate and train the next generation nuclear workforce.


Regulations, Guidelines and Literature



Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Two White Flint North, 11545 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852. Mailing Address: U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, Mail Stop T-7-I-2, Washington, DC 20555-001. MSIP Contact Telephone: (301) 415-7380.

Web Site Address


Related Programs



Examples of Funded Projects



Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Soundness of the proposed approach including objectives, methodology, plan of operation, timetable, expected products and results, evaluation and dissemination plans. The capability to perform the project. Qualifications of applicant's personnel. The total budget adequately supports the project and is effective.


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