Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions

The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions is a Federal STEM education and future workforce program for NOAA and NOAA mission-related enterprises. This program supports human, scientific, and other higher education resource capacity development. In support of NOAA's mission, EPP/MSI has a postsecondary education and research focus in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology.

Program Components

Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs)

EPP/MSI students graduate.

The four NOAA CSCs advance education and collaborative research, as well as support students and build capacity in NOAA-mission sciences at Minority Serving Institutions. Each CSC is led by a Minority Serving Institution and partnered with a NOAA line office. Together, the CSCs include 24 university campuses.

Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP)

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholars - Class of 2017. Front row (left to right): Kayleen Torrez, Danielle Olive, Imani Wilburn, Nikola Rodriguez and Camisha Few. Back row (left to right): Sarfo Kantanka, Draven Hawk and Stephen Thompson.

This scholarship program increases the number of students, particularly from underrepresented minority communities, who attend Minority Serving Institutions and graduate with degrees in fields integral to NOAA's mission.

  • Provides NOAA internships and one-on-one mentoring.
  • Each scholar receives up to $45,000 for two academic years to support tuition and fees, attend a conference where oral or poster results are presented and other allowable expenses.

Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP)

Andrea working on coral experiment in the lab at NOAA CREST.

The NOAA Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program (GRTSP) is a pilot program designed to provide opportunities for graduate students supported at the Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions (EPP/MSI) Cooperative Science Centers. Scholars participate in experiential opportunities at a NOAA facility with guidance from a NOAA mentor.

NOAA Experiential Research Training Opportunities (NERTO)

EPP/MSI through open competition to eligible applicants:

  • Opens access to participation in NOAA mission fields for students, faculty, and researchers at institutions serving populations traditionally underrepresented in NOAA mission STEM, policy, and natural resource management;
  • Creates a candidate pool from which NOAA and related enterprises may select for a diverse and highly trained STEM, public policy and management future workforce;
  • Increases opportunities and fosters alignment with NOAA’s mission through education and research capacity development at Minority Serving Institutions to train and graduate students, particularly from traditionally underrepresented minority populations; and,
  • Increases linkages and engagement between MSIs and NOAA to communities traditionally underrepresented in NOAA mission fields.