Federal Research and Development Funding at Historically Black Colleges and Universities [March 28, 2008]   [open pdf - 148KB]

"The historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs), which have traditionally educated a significant number of the nation's blacks, have faced, and continue to face, substantial challenges in attempting to enhance their academic and research capabilities. Some of these institutions have a myriad of problems - aging infrastructures, limited access to digital and wireless networking technology, absence of state-of-the-art equipment, low salary structures, small endowments, and limited funds for faculty development and new academic programs for students. While many of these problems exist in other institutions, they appear to be considerably more serious in HBCUs. In addition, those HBCUs damaged by Hurricane Katrina have the added costs in the millions of replacing facilities, research equipment, and rebuilding their infrastructure. This is an issue for Congress because the distribution of federal funding for HBCUs is one of the critical issues facing these institutions." Of particular interest is that the "Department of Defense Appropriations Act, FY2008 provides $20.0 million for HBCUs and other minority institutions to enhance their R&D activity, develop approaches to inter-university research in the DOD critical technology and homeland security areas, and to increase their personnel in these areas."

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