Eligibility for HSI Funding Opportunities

UPDATE, 3/16/2023: ASU’s HSI Designation Letter from DOEd has been posted to the Proposal Information and Resources page, under the Administrative Information > ASU (ORSPA) section. HSI FAQs have been added to this news post (see below), and will continue to be expanded as needed.

UPDATE, 1/23/2023: ASU has received an approval letter from the U.S. Department of Education, deeming the University eligible for Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) grant opportunities. As such, ASU is now eligible to serve as the lead institution on proposals and applications for HSI funding and our Institutional Eligibility guide has been updated accordingly.

The Research Development page, Hispanic Serving Institutional Designation Eligibility For Funding Opportunities, and the HSI Funding Opportunity Tracker will be reviewed and updated for continued use, as eligibility language can vary. An important distinction to watch for is that ASU is an HSI, but ASU is not a “Minority Institution-MI” (based on the definition in § 365(3) of the HEA for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) and other programs whose statutes or regulations reference the same MI definition).


“MSI” and “MI” have different criteria. The term “Minority Serving Institution (MSI)” is not defined by U.S. federal statute, but is often used as an umbrella term that Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and other Title III, V, and VII programs fall under. ASU typically meets the eligibility requirement for MSI funding opportunities, unless the FOA has a different definition of “MSI”.

In order to meet the legal definition of “Minority Institution (MI)” an institution’s minority student enrollment must be 50% or more of the total enrollment. ASU is not currently eligible for FOAs that are limited to Minority Institutions (MIs).

UPDATE, 9/26/2022: An HSI Funding Opportunity Tracker and short demonstration video have been added to the funding.asu.edu HSI article. This resource is designed for ASU faculty, staff, and students to identify funding opportunities for HSI institutions and check ASU’s eligibility to submit proposals to those opportunities. This is not a comprehensive listing of HSI funding opportunities, additional opportunities will continue to be added. For questions about the tracker, or to have a new FOA added, contact [email protected]. For questions regarding ASU’s institutional eligibility, RAs should email [email protected].

UPDATE, 8/15/2022: A section for Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) has been added to this news post, including ‘When will ASU receive the full HSI designation?’; ‘Is there a statement that can be included in proposals?‘; and ‘What is the difference between Minority serving and Hispanic-Serving Institution?’

REMINDER, 7/26/2022: As a reminder, ASU does not currently meet the legal definition of an ‘eligible institution’ as it relates to federal sponsored project funding for Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs)/Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs).  For example, if a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) requires completion of NSF’s HSI Certification Form, ASU is not eligible to apply.

6/17/2022 – Enrollment data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) shows that ASU meets the 25% enrollment threshold required for recognition as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).

ASU is not yet listed as HSI on the U.S. Department of Education (DOEd) Eligibility Matrix, because the federal legal definition of an ‘eligible institution’ includes additional need-based factors.

HSI funding opportunity announcements (FOAs) vary when it comes to eligibility criteria, so RAs will need to review those requirements closely when eligibility is limited to HSIs (and/or other types of Minority Serving Institutions-MSIs).

  • If the FOA requires that applicant institutions be currently listed on the DOEd Eligibility Matrix, then ASU is not yet eligible to apply.
  • If the FOA requires that applicant institutions meet the legal definition, DOEd’s definition, or be HSIs as defined by law, then ASU is not yet eligible to apply.
  • If the FOA/sponsor uses their own list (or a list managed by another organization*) of MSIs or HSIs, then ASU’s eligibility for that FOA will depend on the referenced list.

*The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) is an example of a non-DOEd organization that maintains a separate list and definition of HSIs. Another example is Excelencia in Education.

Please share the following funding.asu.edu article with investigators, researchers, and project directors in your unit(s): Hispanic Serving Institutional Designation Eligibility For Funding Opportunities.