Call for Proposals: Department of Education – Applications for New Awards; Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions Program

The US Department of Education’s Developing Hispanic-Serving Institutions (DHSI) Program provides grants to assist Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs)—such as UCI—to expand educational opportunities for, and improve the academic attainment of, Hispanic students.

HSIs interested in applying to this grant program can use the development of their comprehensive plan to examine the alignment of their mission and current strategic plan with the needs of the target population and surrounding community to develop, enhance, and implement leadership, practice, and policies that best promote student success. Moreover, HSIs can use their plans as road maps to help all students, especially those with the highest needs, find exciting pathways to employment and career advancement. UCI’s plan for attaining and excelling as an HSI may be found here.

This competition includes the following two DoED priorities:

  1. Competitive Preference Priority 1:
    Projects that are designed to expand the number of Hispanic and other underrepresented graduate and professional students that can be served by the institution by expanding courses and institutional resources.
  2. Competitive Preference Priority 2
    Projects that support instruction in personal financial literacy, knowledge of markets and economics, knowledge of higher education financing and repayment (e.g., college savings and student loans), or other skills aimed at building personal financial understanding and responsibility.

Internal Application Process

UCI may submit only one application in response to this call, therefore interested applicants are asked to submit the following to the Office of Research (via the UCI Review application portal) by June 10, 2019:

  • 3-4 page proposal that outlines a program project that addresses the DoED competitive preference priorities listed above, along with UCI’s goals of:
    • Student Success and Retention
    • Coordination and Integration of campus-wide and school efforts to support students
    • Promoting the “cultural capital” of Latinos at UCI
  • Draft budget
  • CV of PI and any Co-PIs

Following receipt of internal applications, an ad hoc review committee will be convened. If more than one application is submitted from any given school, the Dean may be asked to rank them in order to aid the review committee in their deliberations. The selected candidate will be notified as quickly as possible in order to allow them time to meet the July 15, 2019 DoED deadline for full applications.

Please refer to the full RFA before preparing an internal application. Non-responsive internal proposals will be returned without committee review. Questions about this call and UCI’s strategic planning regarding our HSI status, may be directed to Joseph Morales in the UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence. Questions about the internal review process may be directed to Greg Ruth at or x4-0372.