USDA offers grant writing summit Nov. 8-9
Contact: Brittney Booth 381-2415
Posted: 11/01/2001
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The University of Texas-Pan American, Texas A&M-Kingsville and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) National Program will sponsor a two-day USDA/HSI Grant & Funding Opportunity Summit Nov. 8-9 to provide faculty guidance in obtaining federal funding.

The free summit is Nov. 8 at the Engineering Building from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Nov. 9 at the Student Union Theater from 8 a.m. to noon. It will provide information about grant and funding opportunities available through the federal government specifically for HSIs.

The objectives are to encourage efforts between faculty and community leaders, maximize proposal success rates, facilitate collaboration among faculty at various institutions, and outline the purpose, scope,and objectives of federal funding opportunities for HSIs.

Dr. Irma Lawrence, national program director for the HSI Higher Education Grant, will provide general guidance for formulating plans for future proposals. Several other governmental agencies will also participate, including the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The USDA Hispanic-Serving Institutions Higher Education Grant Program funded 13 proposals in fiscal year 2000, and seven of those came from Texas as a direct result of the workshop's attendance.

Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided. A limited block of rooms has been reserved at the Renaissance Casa de Palmas Hotel in McAllen at a special room rate of $70, and participants need to mention the USDA Summit to receive this rate.

For more information on registration, contact Tony M. Casas at 381-2939 or Ester Dominguez at 316-7179 or by e-mail at

The agenda and other information may be downloaded from the Sponsored Research web site at by clicking on the USDA/HSI Grant & Funding Opportunity Summit link.