Government Funding and Community Partnerships

The College’s efforts to provide exceptional academic programs and learning opportunities have been enriched by government grants and contracts for sponsored projects. Grants from the U.S. Department of Education, Department of Justice, Department of Energy, Department of Health and Human Services, and other agencies have benefited faculty research and scholarship, as well as institutional priorities and academic activities, programs, and initiatives. Current grants include:

U.S. Department of Education – Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions Program
In October 2014, the College of Mount Saint Vincent was awarded a Developing Hispanic Serving Institutions grant totaling up to $2.3 million from the U.S. Department of Education. The grant assists institutions serving a high proportion of Hispanic students with developing and increasing their academic offerings. The funding will be distributed over a five-year grant period and be utilized to bolster the College’s student support services—including the Academic Resource Center and the Mount Access Program—and to further the implementation of the Oxley Career Education Program.

U.S. Department of Education – SSS/TRIO Program
Since 1997, SSS/TRIO funding from the U.S. Department of Education has allowed the College to provide counseling, academic support, career and financial guidance, and mentoring to 160 eligible students each year. In September 2015, the College began a new grant to fund the TRIO Program through 2020. The grant will provide $1.3 million in funding.

National Science Foundation – Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program
In 2014, the College began a five-year Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program grant from the National Science Foundation. Under the direction of a team led by Mary Ellen Sullivan, Ph.D., Chair of the Department of Teacher Education, the grant will provide $868,618 over five years to support the College’s efforts to recruit and train secondary mathematics and science teachers. Participating students will receive scholarship support during the final two years of the baccalaureate program and commit to serving in high need school districts upon the completion of their education.

National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM)
In 2012, the College was awarded a National Science Foundation Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (S-STEM) grant. Led by Principal Investigator Patricia Grove, Ph.D., and co-Principal Investigator Pamela Kerrigan, Ph.D., 15 students will receive 4 years of scholarship assistance and participate in enrichment activities. Over the course of the five-year grant period, the College will receive $599,956.

National Institutes of Health – Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA)
James Fabrizio, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology, submitted a winning National Institutes of Health Academic Research Enhancement Award (AREA) proposal. The three-year grant, which began in September 2014, enables Dr. Fabrizio to further his studies of late-stage maturation of spermatozoa in fruit flies. The grant will allow Dr. Fabrizio to engage students as research assistants and collaborators. This is Dr. Fabrizio’s second AREA grant (he previously won in 2004).

National Institutes of Health – Biomedical Research and Research Training Grant
In September 2013, Janet Rollins, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Chemistry, received a three-year National Institutes of Health Biomedical Research and Research Training grant. In collaboration with Brown University, Dr. Rollins will receive approximately $16,000 per year to engage and mentor undergraduate students in scientific research. Dr. Rollins’ team will conduct studies exploring the impact of anticancer drugs on fertility.

New York State Education Department – Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program
In July 2014, the College was award a five-year award to operate a New York State Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). HEOP reflects the College’s longstanding commitment to serving determined students, regardless of their financial means. The program is designed for students who have the potential and drive to further their education, but due to limited academic and financial resources, would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend college. The goal of HEOP is to retain and graduate promising students who will succeed at the college level and beyond. The grant will provide more than $2 million in support during the five-year period.

New York State Education Department – Coordinated Collection Development Aid Program
The Elizabeth Seton Library continues to benefit from the New York State Education Department’s Coordinated Collection Development Aid Program. In 2014-15, the program awarded $5,302 to support academic collection acquisition.

For more information about grant opportunities, please contact:

Daniel Regan
Director for Corporate, Foundation and Government Relations
(718) 405-3342