HSI Status of UNT and Strategies for New Funding Opportunities

Date & Time: 
Thu, 06/04/2020 - 10:00am

Discussion forum led by Dr. Kuruvilla John

Recently recognized as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), this designation qualifies UNT to seek research and education funding directed by the U.S. Congress under the Education Act Title III and V programs. In addition, UNT faculty can also pursue funding set aside for Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) across all federal agencies.

This new and game changing development opens unique opportunities for all faculty pursuing research and education programs from federal organizations. Every federal organization (NSF, NIH, DoD, DoE, etc.) has targeted programs for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) and MSIs through special requests for proposals and announcements (RFPs and RFAs). While UNT is not an HBCU, faculty may qualify for funding set aside for MSIs (including HSIs).

Navigating through such opportunities may seem complex, but this forum will share successful faculty experiences, discuss funding opportunities now open, as well as how to move forward using these new opportunities as UNT continues its climb the Tier One ranking. Faculty from the College of Engineering, including Dr. Kuruvilla John, will share their experiences and ideas for collaborative research funded through these initiatives. Dr. John has served as a PI on several successful proposals and funded research programs at Texas A&M University – Kingsville, an HSI, prior to joining UNT. The UNT Office of the Vice President for Research and Innovation also is currently tracking relevant MSI proposal calls, which will help outline opportunities faculty can take advantage of now.


  • Scope of opportunities opened by HSI status, presented by Naomi Wood, VPRI Office
  • Experiences shared from initiating and leading HSI programs, presented by Dr. Kuruvilla John, UNT College of Engineering
  • Education and workforce training opportunities under Title III and Title V programs
  • What federal agencies look for in HBCU/MSI solicitations
  • Open floor for Q&A


The forum is intended for all faculty interested in this game changing development for UNT and will be run via Zoom.

Registration is encouraged. You can register, and add the event to your calendar using the link here:

Following a very simple registration, you will receive an automatically generated Outlook meeting invite and email confirmation.


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