University of Southern California


NSF-17-579: Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) – Alliances


Alliances: Only one proposal may be submitted by an eligible (lead) institution. Alliances may hold only one active alliance award at a time. Institutions partnering in an alliance may not be a formal partner in more than one alliance at the same time.

Internal Deadline:                          

Alliances:                                                             Contact the Office of Research if interested.

STEM Pathways & Research Alliances:     October 20, 2017, 5pm PDT (within ‘Alliances’ category)

External Deadline:         

Alliances:                                                             November 17, 2017, 5pm PDT

STEM Pathways & Research Alliances:     January 26, 2018, 5pm PDT (within ‘Alliances’ category)

Award Information:                        Award Type: Standard or Continuing Grant

                                                                Estimated Amount of Awards: Up to 5 annually

Anticipated Funding Award: $4 million – $5 million (for all 5).

Submission Process:                     PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:                        

Who May Serve as PI:                   

Alliances: The Principal Investigator (PI) for Alliances (including Bridge to the Baccalaureate) should be the President, Chancellor, or Provost of the lead institution and member of the alliance governing board. A full justification is needed for a PI designation at variance with this requirement. Co-principal investigators (Co-PIs) from partner institutions may be designated for the project. For STEM Pathways and Research Alliances one or more of the Co-PIs must be a social or data scientist, disciplinary/interdisciplinary education researcher or evaluator.


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.

Project types under this program include:

  1. STEM Pathways Implementation-Only Alliance projects are mainly focused on a particular STEM pathway, e.g., entry into college, first two years, or preparation for entry into graduate studies. Additionally, the project may focus on activities dedicated to diversifying a particular STEM discipline, e.g., production of mathematicians. These projects are targeted to newly-created alliances, reconstituted alliances or alliances that have received support by the program for less than 10 years. Projects are five years in duration.
  2. STEM Pathways and Research Alliances are projects that focus on the full STEM pathway and provide direct support for undergraduate students but also serve as a hub for the production of scholarly STEM research and evaluation to increase the knowledge-base and utilization in broadening participation. Both components must be addressed to be competitive for this project type. These are five-year projects.
  3. Bridge to the Baccalaureate (B2B) Alliances involve associate degree producing institutions for which the lead institution must be a community college. These are three-year projects focused on activities that provide effective educational preparation of community college students from underrepresented minority populations for successful transfer to four-year institutions in STEM degree programs.


Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.