The EPP/MSI is a Federal STEM education and NOAA mission future workforce program with focus on:

  • supporting the training and graduation of students and increasing participation of students from traditionally underrepresented minority communities;
  • developing eligible candidates in support of a diverse future workforce for NOAA and NOAA mission-related enterprises; and,
  • post-secondary education and research capacity development in atmospheric, oceanic, and environmental sciences and remote sensing technology at MSIs supported through competitive awards.
Academic partnerships
partner institutions
work with NOAA to train students and align research priorities in NOAA sciences.
Training and research
have been supported by EPP/MSI programs since 2001.
Future workforce
post-secondary degrees
have been awarded to students supported by EPP/MSI programs since 2001.

Program Components

Cooperative Science Centers (CSCs)

Students and professors stand together at graduation. Four are wearing Masters level robes, one is wearing newly graduated PhD robes and three are wearing professor robes.
EPP/MSI CSC students graduate from Howard University. (Howard University)

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.

EPP/MSI Undergraduate Scholarship Program (USP)

Students pose for a group photo outside NOAA headquarters.
The NOAA Educational Partnership Program with Minority Serving Institutions Undergraduate Scholarship classes of 2018 and 2019 stand together outside NOAA headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. (NOAA)

NOAA Experiential Research and Training Opportunities (NERTO)

A person works on a complex-looking open machine with many wires and other computer hardware.
Aris Fernandez, EPP/MSI Master's Fellow in NERTO internship (Development of an Autonomous System for Adjusting the Seed Laser Power for a Doppler LIDAR’s Amplifier) with Drs. Alan Brewer and Paul Schroeder, Earth Systems Research Laboratory, Boulder, CO. (Aris Fernandez)

NERTO increases the number of EPP/MSI Cooperative Science Center-supported students who participate in meaningful NOAA mission-aligned science, technology, engineering, mathematics, policy, natural resource management, and social science research/training at NOAA facilities and earn NOAA mission-aligned postsecondary degrees.

Archived Programs

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EPP/MSI student Andrea Gomez in the lab. (NOAA)

Information about the Graduate Research and Training Scholarship Program, the Graduate Sciences Program, and the Environmental Entrepreneurship Program.