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Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) 2020-2025

Grants to New York Nonprofit and For-Profit IHEs to Promote Employment
in the Science and Technical Fields to Underprivileged and Minority Students

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New York State Education Department (NYSED) - Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success

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11/08/19 - Postmark Date


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Grants to New York non-profit and for-profit IHEs for programs to promote professional licensure and careers in the fields of law, science, technology, and health to underprivileged and minority resident students. Funding is intended for graduate and undergraduate programs.

The minimum number of students (headcount) that must be served annually in a CSTEP project is 30 participants.

Student Eligibility:

    To be eligible for Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program support, a student must be a resident of New York who is either:

    • Economically disadvantaged
    • Or from a minority group historically underrepresented (Black, Hispanic, American Indian or Alaskan native) in the scientific, technical or licensed professions,
    • And who demonstrates interest in and a potential for a professional career if provided special services.

    Eligible students must be in good academic standing and enrolled full time in an approved program of study, as defined by the Regents.

    Program Requirements can be found at

    Allowable expenses can be found at

    GrantWatch ID#:

    GrantWatch ID#: 151240

    Estimated Size of Grant:

    The maximum award for an individual CSTEP project funded during the 20-25 cycle will be $450,000 per year. The maximum award for any newly funded individual CSTEP project funded will be $300,000. The maximum award for a consortium CSTEP project will be $1,000,000 per year.

    Term of Contract:

    Project Period: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.

    While this RFP calls for an application that will cover a five-year grant period, funding in years two through five is dependent on satisfactory grantee performance, (the ability to maintain an enrollment of 95% of the contracted total and to provide programmatic services that meet all program requirements as outlined in this RFP), legislative appropriation and the submission of appropriate budget documents and work plan approved by SED.

    Additional Eligibility Criteria:

    According to § 145-6.6(b) of the Commissioner’s Regulations, eligible applicant means “a degree-granting postsecondary institution, or a consortium of such institutions, which offers an approved undergraduate program of study and/or an approved graduate level program of study.”

    Each institution may submit more than one proposal only if the institution has two or more geographically separate campuses and serves their own distinct contracted and unduplicated headcount.

    An institution may not submit applications as both a consortium and stand-alone program unless the programs are located on and serve two geographically separate campuses. A consortium is defined as an association or grouping of institutions set up for a common purpose that would be beyond the capabilities of a single member of the group. A consortium must meet all requirements established in NYSED’s Consortium Policy for State and Federal Discretionary Grant Programs found in Section VI of this RFP.

    Both non-profit and for-profit institutions are eligible to apply.

    Non-Allowable expenses can be found at

    Pre-Application Information:

    Important Dates:
    - Project Period: July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2025.
    - September 27, 2019: An informational webinar will be posted online
    - October 4, 2019: Deadline for questions to be submitted
    - October 18, 2019: A Question and Answer Summary will be posted online
    - Applications Due: Postmarked no later than November 8, 2019

    The Notice of Intent is not a requirement for submitting a complete application by the application date; however, NYSED strongly encourages all prospective applicants to submit an NOI to ensure a timely and thorough review and rating process. A non-profit applicant’s NOI will also help to facilitate timely review of their prequalification materials. The notice of intent is a simple email notice stating your organization’s (use the legal name) intent to submit an application for this grant. The due date is October 25, 2019.

    There is a 25% match required for each year of funding from a combination of institutional and/or other non-NY state funds.

    The State of New York has implemented a statewide prequalification process designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors. All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify by the grant application deadline in order to be eligible for this grant. This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that may have previously received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle.

    Not-for-Profit Applicants
    a) The initial payment of 25% of the annual budget will be made upon execution of the contract.
    b) Subsequent payments will be made following the project submission of a FS-25 form.
    c) The final payment of 10% occurs upon the approval of the Final Program and Expenditure Reports (FS-10F Long Form). This form is due to Grants Finance 30 days after the close of the grant year.

    For-Profit Applicants
    a) For-profit institutions will receive payment for work or service that has been performed. The applicant may receive interim payments (up to 90 percent of the grant contract), but only actual expenditures will be reimbursed.
    b) The final reimbursement payment of 10% occurs upon the approval of the Final Program and Expenditure Reports (FS-10F Long Form)

    The webinar and Q&A summary will be posted at

    Nonprofit prequalification:

    Contact Information:

    Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

    Submit questions and NOIs to:

    The following staff can be contacted at the above email.
    - Program: Dr. Kim Overrocker
    - M/WBE: Brian Hackett
    - Fiscal: Dr. Samuel Rose

    Non-profit applications must be sent to the following address:
    Attn: CSTEP RFP GC#20-004
    Office of Postsecondary Access, Support and Success
    New York State Education Department
    89 Washington Avenue, Room 960 EBA
    Albany, NY 12234

    For-profit applications must be sent to the following address:

    Attn: Samuel Rose, RFP GC#20-004
    New York State Education Department
    Bureau of Fiscal Management
    Contract Administration Unit
    89 Washington Avenue, Room 501W EB
    Albany, NY 12234

    Funding or Pin Number:

    RFP# GC15-004

    URL for Full Text (RFP):

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