QEM/NSF Annual Legislative Conference (ALC) HBCU Research Action & Practice (RAP) Symposium to Build Research Capacity at HBCUs through Collaborations with STEM Advocates and Practitioners

September 11-12, 2018 

 A G E N D A 

Purposes: To develop a research enterprise, through collaborative and strategic partnerships, that will assist HBCUs
with building their collective capacity for STEM-focused research; and  
To increase the awareness of the larger STEM community of stakeholders and practitioners about HBCU-led
research initiatives as well as NSF’s programs and funding opportunities 

SEPTEMBER 11 co-hosted by Howard University’s Office of Research and held
 in the Browsing Room at Howard’s Founders Library 

500 Howard Place NW, Washington, DC 20059 

Gather input and discuss needs and plans to build/enhance STEM research capacity at HBCUs to increase the competitiveness and success of their faculty investigators in NSF’s Research directorates 


12:30 Registration Opens Browsing Room 

1:30  Opening Plenary: 
Welcome and Opening Remarks  
Ivory Toldson, President/CEO, QEM Network 

2:00  –Overview of the National Science Foundation  
A Look at the NSF Report to Congress on Capacity-Building for HBCUs 
[Set the context for the RAP Symposium’s discussion of building
STEM education and research infrastructure at HBCUs]  

Kellina Craig-HendersonDeputy Assistant Director  
Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorate, NSF 

 2:45  A Look at NSF Directorates and Research at HBCUs  (Participating Institutions) 
 [Begin the process of dialogue and discovery about funding opportunities at
NSF, particularly for HBCUs. Highlights of HBCU-UP and its various funded
initiatives at some of the participating institutions will begin the session] 

An Overview of the HBCU-UP Program and NSF-wide Joint Efforts such as  
HBCU-UP EiR and CAREER with the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) 

  Claudia Rankins, Program Director 
Division of Human Resource Development  (HRD) 
Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate, NSF 

 3:30 Break 

 3:45 A Look at NSF Directorates and Research at Participating HBCUs    (continued) 
(led by NSF Program Officers, a discussion of critical elements for success, with 
HBCU CROs discussing current capacity/needs and HBCU PIs sharing project highlights 

Participants assigned to concurrent sessions to discuss critical elements for building
STEM infrastructure in and across various disciplines, considering both institutional
readiness and the experiences/perspectives of faculty PIs.    See Assignment Sheet. 

  Session I

  • M. Brandon  Jones, Program Director  
    Office of the Assistant Director (OAD),  
    Geosciences (GEO) Directorate, NSF  

  • Colette St. Mary, Program Director  
    Division of Environmental Biology (DEB),  
    Biological Sciences (BIO) Directorate, NSF 

  Session II

  • Fay Cobb Payton, Program Director  
    Division of Computer and Network Systems  (CNS),  
    Computer & Information Science & Engineering (CISE) Directorate, NSF 

  Session III

  • Clytrice  L. Watson, Program Director  
    Division of Human Resource Development (HRD) 
    Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate, NSF 

 5:00  HBCU teams meet to synthesize research ideas and priorities and to discuss critical elements;
initial draft of funding/research priorities list based on their institution’s capacity/readiness 

 5:30 Plenary Session:  
KeynoteCritical Issues/National Priorities in STEM Research and Education:  Implications for HBCUs 

  Victor McCrary, Member 
National Science Board  

  Discussion: Strategies to Advance STEM Research Action and Practice at HBCUs,  
including Building Capacity through Collaborations and Partnerships
Facilitator Ivory Toldson, QEM Network 

 6:30 Networking Reception  The Carnegie Building, Conference Room A 

 8:00 Adjournment, Day One  and  Departure/Return to Hotel 


SEPTEMBER 12  co-hosted by CBCF and co-located with the 48th ALC; Held in 
Room 144C at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center 
801 Mount Vernon Place NW, Washington, DC 20001 


Synthesize ideas and priorities of the participating HBCU teams and discuss funding opportunities as well as
additional issues impacting STEM research infrastructure development at HBCUs  


8:30  Continental Breakfast  Room 144C 

9:00  Plenary Session:  
–Review of Purpose and Day Two Agenda 
–Q & A on Day One  

9:15 Developing a Community of Practice to Advance STEM Research at HBCUs  
–Components of a Plan of Action 
–Strategies for Cultivating Relationships and Building Partnerships 

Overview of Topic:  Ivory Toldson, QEM Network 
ModeratorClaudia Rankins, Program Director, HRD/EHR, NSF 

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS (with notetakers/Facilitators) 
[Allow for additional input on critical elements; broaden the scope of
discussions about an Action Plan for HBCUs to address National and 
Community priorities in STEM research] 

Facilitators will report out/share highlights of each table’s discussion 

 10:45  Budget Essentials 
–Pre-Award Compliance Checks and/or Issues to Address 
–Post-Award Conditions/Requirements, Project Monitoring, and Oversight  

  L. Rashawn Farrior, Team Lead  
Denise Martin, Branch Chief  and Christine Castell, Grants &Agreements Specialist 
Division of Grants and Agreements (DGFA) 
NSF Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management  

11:45 Break 

12:00 NSF Program Solicitations – Finding the Best Fit 
Panel:  Exploring Funding Opportunities within Various NSF Research Directorates 

[Program Officers provide brief overviews of NSF Programs and Program-specific Criteria. 
Teams reflect on next steps they plan to take at their institutions to develop proposals] 

Panelists (Program Officers from Day One): 

–Opportunities in the Biological Sciences (BIO), Geosciences (GEO), and  
   Mathematical & Physical Sciences (MPS) Directorates 
M. Brandon  Jones, Program Director, GEO/OAD 
–Opportunities in the Engineering (ENG) and the Computer & Information Science & 
Engineering (CISE) Directorates 
Fay Cobb Payton, Program Director, CISE/CNS 

  – Opportunities in the Education and Human Resources (EHR), Social, Behavioral and  
Economic Sciences (SBE) Directorates and the Office of Integrative Activities (OIA) 
Clytrice  L. Watson, Program Director, EHR/HRD 


 1:00 Plenary: Working Lunch  (box lunches provided)  
A Look at Policy and Advocacy in Support of National Priorities  
– Broadening Participation in the STEM Workforce 

Facilitator:  Laura-Lee Davidson, Associate, QEM Network 
Keynote:  NSF “10 BIG IDEAS “ 
Muriel  E.  Poston, Division Director 
Division of Biological Infrastructure  (BIO/DBI)  
Directorate for Biological Sciences (BIO) 

 2:30 STEM Projects on Campus: Leadership Roles that Chief Research Officers Must Play 
[Exploring/addressing critical junctures between HBCUs and nonacademic STEM partners, and
interdisciplinary initiatives for developing a HBCU Community of Practice and/or Research Alliances] 

Session LeaderBruce Jones, VP of Research and Economic Development 
Howard University 

Panelists:  (Chief Research Officers (CROs) from Participating HBCUs) 
Bruce Crawford, VP for Instruction, Lawson State Community College 
Michelle Penn-Marshall, VP for Research, Hampton University 

3:15 Break 

3:30 Proposal Development and Staying Focused  
NSF Policy and Compliance Essentials – The PAPPG 
•   Overview of Key Elements of NSF Proposals 

Addressing the NSF Merit Review Criteria 
•   Intellectual Merit•  Broader Impacts 

Karen D. King, Program Director 
Division of Research on Learning in Formal and Informal Settings (DRL) 
Education and Human Resources (EHR) Directorate, NSF 

  4:30 Closing Session: (facilitated by Ivory Toldson and Laura-Lee Davidson, QEM Network) 
–Q&A with the Audience 
–Wrap-up and Next Steps 
Participants complete Online Evaluation 

5:00 Adjournment of Workshop and Departure to Networking Session/Reception 

  5:15   RAP Closing Networking Session and Reception Alba Osteria Restaurant
425 I Street NW 
Washington, DC 

Remarks:  Menna Demessie, Vice President, Policy Analysis and Research, 
Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, Inc. 

Greetings:  QEM Board Members: Orlando Taylor and James Turner 


7:00  Adjournment of Symposium  and  Departure/Return to Hotel