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7th Annual HBCU/MSI Partnerships Meeting in Collaboration with NSF EPSCoR

October 26 @ 8:00 am - October 27 @ 5:00 pm

This event is targeting NASA’s immediate and future subcontracting opportunities for HBCUs and MSIs.

About this event

This event is targeting NASA’s immediate and future subcontracting opportunities for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). This is an opportunity to network with representatives from NASA its prime contractors, .

At this year’s event, NASA/MSFC will be partnering with The Catalyst Center for Business & Entrepreneurship, and the National Science Foundation (NSF) Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR).

This 2-day event event is part of an overall NASA initiative designed to increase prime and subcontract opportunities with HBCU/MSIs:

Day 1 (October 26, 2021):

9:00a.m. CST Welcome/Housekeeping

Event Overview

City of Huntsville, Madison and Athens Welcome

NASA Office of Small Business Programs (OSBP) Welcome

MSFC Office of Procurement Welcome

MSFC Welcome

9:20a.m. MSFC Small Business Program Update/

NASA Mentor-Protege Program Overview

9:30a.m. NASA Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) Overview

9:40a.m. University Innovation Project

9:50a.m. NASA HBCU/MSI Road Tour Update

10:00a.m. Cooperative Agreement Notice (CAN) Overview

10:00am.-10:15a.m. – – – – – – — – -Break – – – – – – – – – – – –

10:15a.m. Mentor Panel

11:00a.m. HBCU/MSI Panel

11:45a.m.- 12:00p.m. – – – – – – – – -Break- – – – – – – – – – – –

12:00p.m. “How to get on GSA Multiple Award Program” Workshop

1:00p.m. HUBZone/HBCU Collaboration Panel

1:45p.m.-2:00p.m.- – – – – – – – – – – -Break- – – – – – – – – – – –

2:00p.m. HBCU/MSI Networking Matchmaker with NASA Primes via Zoom

4:00p.m. Day 1 Adjourns


Day 2 (October 27, 2021):

9:00a.m. (CST) Opening Session: Welcome – Keynote

10:00am. Briefing I

10:20a.m. Networking Break

10:30a.m. Session I

• Title: The Current State of Innovation, Commercialization and Entrepreneurship at HBCUs

Description: A panel of various stakeholders invested in innovation and entrepreneurship as it relates to HBCUs, will provide insight into the current state of HBCU innovation capacity and capability from their various perspectives. The purpose of this session is to display the current status of HBCU innovation capacity and capability. Understanding this status lays the groundwork to understand the types of interventions needed to bring these institutions forward. The goal of this session is to create a data driven record of the current capacity and capabilities of HBCUs in terms of innovation.

Format: Roundtable Working Group; 90mins

12:00p.m. Federal Agencies share Federal Programs & Funding

Opportunities to support STEM Innovation & Entrepreneurship at


1:00p.m. Concurrent Panels

• Title: Building Pathways of Entrepreneurs from HBCU’s

Description: Panel of experts will discuss strategies to stimulate sustainable pathways to entrepreneurship from HBCUs. The purpose of this session is to use data driven research to demonstrate the potential pathways of entrepreneurship from HBCUs. The goal is to highlight all of the impact of HBCUs on creating diverse STEM entrepreneurial talent.

• Title: SBIR – Using Non-dilutive investment to drive HBCU Innovation

Description: The Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program is branded as “America’s Seed Fund”. However, the rate of participation of Black and Brown founders and PIs in SBIR is abysmally low. Paradoxically, one of the four primary congressional objectives for the SBIR program is “to foster and encourage participation by minority and disadvantaged persons in technological innovation”. As an example of the enormity of the problem, a recent survey found that only 2 of 600 respondents indicated they had a Black Principal Investigator. The purpose of this session is to discuss the SBIR program, its benefits, and strategies for increasing participation by HBCUs.

2:00p.m. Networking Break

2:10p.m. Briefing II

2:30p.m. Session II

• Title: Building Tech-Ecosystems: HBCUs as nodes of innovation and engines of commercialization

Description: HBCU’s have significant gaps in tech transfer infrastructure from resource funding, administration & staff, research and technologies, and lack of network, among others. The traditional mechanics of TTO’s are not suited for HBCU’s, because HBCU’s were not set up as research institutions. Thus, there is a need and an opportunity to craft a new framework of technology transfer for HBCU’s. In this session, participants will work in groups to architect a bespoke HBCU TTO structure.

Format: Roundtable Working Group; 90mins

4:00p.m.-4:30p.m. Closing Session


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