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UIDP HBCU Initiative

An increasing number of companies and R1 universities wish to pursue or strengthen collaborative research partnerships with historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs). Many HBCUs are interested in utilizing partnerships to bolster research opportunities. The purpose of the UIDP HBCU Initiative is to develop guidance that provides company representatives and R1 universities with the necessary contextual information and best practices for developing a mutually beneficial HBCU engagement strategy.

UIDP supports this engagement in a number of ways, including the launching of a partnership webinar showcase, disseminating data on HBCUs’ historical research and impact, and an annual conference. UIDP is proud to welcome five HBCUs as members — Howard University, Jackson State University, Morgan State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, and Tennessee State University.

Want to learn more about engaging with HBCUs? Contact us at and visit UIDP’s collated list of direct links to many HBCU research office websites to make it easy for you to connect and collaborate. See the research offices links.

Upcoming Events

HBCU Engage 2023
April 18-19, 2023 | Nashville, TN

Join us for the premier HBCU external engagement event! HBCUs, industry, government, nonprofits, and other institutions have much to gain by collaborating and partnering for research and program development.

HBCU Engage is the ONLY event that convenes representatives from all sectors to enhance partnerships and forge new collaborations. Learn more and register.


HBCU Engage PitchFest 2023

April 19, 2023 | Nashville, TN

The HBCU Engage PitchFest is designed for students at four-year HBCUs to explore research ideas. Teams of up to 5 students submit a simple, 1-page description of a proposed project that focuses on a research question in any STEM field.

The $10,000 will be awarded as a gift to the team’s HBCU to support the team’s research. Two finalist teams will be selected to attend HBCU Engage in Nashville, TN, April 18-19, 2023. See the teams pitch to a judging panel of university and industry experts. Team travel and lodging expenses are paid by the event organizers. Learn more.

Related Resources

Mission in Motion emagazine

On March 28-29, 2022 in Atlanta, GA, UIDP hosted it’s inaugural HBCU engagement event, which convened representatives from HBCUs, other academic institutions, industry, government, and non-profits to share practical approaches for partnering and foster new relationships. This emagazine includes a summary, key takeaways, and photos from the event. See the emagazine.

HBCU Partnership Showcase Webinars

See recordings from this series that showcases HBCU capabilities and research strengths. See the HBCU Partnership Showcase.

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