National and Federal Opportunities for the week ending March 20

COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) Information and Resources for Schools and School Personnel

Health officials are currently taking steps to prevent the introduction and spread of COVID-19 (“Coronavirus”) into communities across the United States. Schools can play an important role in this effort.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers the most up-to-date information on COVID-19 along with their Guidance for School Settings.

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Get to Know Your Agency Representative

The White House Initiative on HBCUs wants to share agency stories! We will be featuring interviewresponses from our federal agency representativesin our weekly newsletters. See Claudia’s responses below.

Meet Claudia Rankins!

Claudia Rankins, is the Program Director for the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program (HBCU-UP) in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources at the National Science Foundation. Claudia describes herself as an advocate and supporter of STEM research and education at HBCUs.

How long have you been working in the HBCU space? I joined the faculty at Hampton University in 1986 and worked there for 22 years in various capacities as a lecturer and professor in mathematics and physics, department chair of the physics department, and dean of the School of Science. In 2008, I decided to accept the position as program director for HBCU-UP and have held that position since.

How long have you been working in the HBCU space? I joined the faculty at Hampton University in 1986 and worked there for 22 years in various capacities as a lecturer and professor in mathematics and physics, department chair of the physics department, and dean of the School of Science. In 2008, I decided to accept the position as program director for HBCU-UP and have held that position since.

Do you have a personal connection to an HBCU? Besides working at Hampton University for 22 years, the institution is also my alma mater. I received an MS and PhD in physics, with a focus on theoretical particle physics in 1994 and 1998, respectively, while working as a lecturer in the mathematics department. I owe my success and my love for what HBCUs accomplish to this institution.

Within your agency are there any policies or programs of note that youd like the HBCU community to learn about? My agency has over 300 programs that fund basic science research, but not medical research, as well as education research related activities. Two of those programs are specifically focused on HBCUs and are only open to HBCU faculty. They are HBCU-UP and HBCU Excellence in Research. Enclosed are the links to the newest solicitations in these programs:

The HBCU-UP solicitation

The HBCU EiR solicitation 

What is/are your favorite part(s) about working with the Initiative and/or HBCUs? As far as the WHI on HBCUs goes, I enjoy interacting with colleagues across the federal government who are as vested in the success of HBCUs as I am. We truly have a common mission. As far as interacting with students and faculty at HBCUs, I delight in seeing them being successful and shining a light on the work that HBCUs continue to do in educating students and preparing them for life.

Are there any upcoming HBCU related events that you are looking forward to this year?Ialways look forward to HBCU Week in September. What a great event to connect with friends and colleagues. I also look forward to visiting, virtually or in-person, many HBCUs to connect with faculty and students to talk about research opportunities.

What is the best way to get in touch with your office to learn more about your work with HBCUs? E-mail me at You can also read several of my blogs about HBCU-UP funded projects and HBCUs at Additionally, I am on Twitter under the handle @STEMhasSoul.

Thank you Claudia for your contributions to our Nations HBCUs!!

National and FederalOpportunities

Amazon Web Services (AWS) is the worlds most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform, offering over 175 fully featured services from data centers globally. Millions of customersincluding the fastest-growing startups, largest enterprises, and leading government agenciesare using AWS to lower costs, become more agile, and innovate faster.

AWS Intelligence is an accelerated on-boarding and AWS technical rotational program launched to produce exemplary engineers who will drive operational excellence for our classified regions that support the U.S. Intelligence Community. The program hires engineers that meet the Amazon technical bar and are willing to obtain a government security clearance. Upon hire, engineers undergo an intensive 9-12-month development program to learn about AWS operational tools and culture, enhance their technical skills training through a job path curriculum, and complete multiple rotations with AWS service teams to obtain a holistic view of our technology.

AWS Intelligence is looking for engineers that are excited to learn, driven to succeed, and who meet the following qualifications:

  • Bachelors degree in Information Science / Information Technology, Computer Science,

Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or a related field.

  • Experience with the Linux Operating System and its command line tools Experience with scripting/coding in at least one of these languages: Bash, Python, C,

C++, Java or Ruby Minimum of 6 months of experience in one of the following technical competencies:

Operating Systems, Networking, Scripting, Troubleshooting, and/or general computer

  • Eligible to obtain a U.S. government security clearance

If you meet the qualifications and would like to be considered for a position with AWS Intelligence, please email your resume to Sheana Williams ( and specify that you are interested in AWS Intelligence.

HRSA’s Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program

Planning to submit an application? Attend the next Technical Assistance Webinar to learn more!

Background: The Health Resources and Services Administration(HRSA) will host the second Technical Assistance Webinar for the 2020 Opioid-Impacted Family Support Program (OIFSP). The webinar will provide helpful information to potential applicants about this funding opportunity including eligibility criteria, application process, important dates, and more!

OIFSP supports training programs to expand the number of peer support specialists and other behavioral health-related paraprofessionals who are trained to work in integrated, interprofessional teams providing services to children whose parents are impacted by opioid use disorders and other substance use disorders, and their family members who are in guardianship roles.

Applications accepted via (due April 13, 2020).

Grants 101 Webinar

HRSA’s Office of Regional Operations, hosted a series of Grants 101 webinars for health and human services organizations, training programs, and educational organizations interested in learning about HRSA grants. The webinars highlighted how to find HRSA fu nding opportunities, the HRSA grant application process, resources to assist with putting together your application and much more. Listen to the recorded webinar to learn more!

U.S. Office of Personnel Management


If you or someone you know is interested in working for the federal government, then the following webinars will be of interest. All sessions are free. However, they are limited to 1,500 participants each. All times are Eastern.

Writing Your Federal Resume

Interested in a Federal Government job and learning from the experts? The staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division at the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) will present an in-depth webinar that provides attendees with the tips and tools needed to write a competitive Federal resume.

March 26, 2020, 11:00 a.m. REGISTER

April 14, 2020, 3:00 p.m. REGISTER

April 29, 2020, 1:30 p.m. REGISTER

May 12, 2020. 11:00 a.m. REGISTER

May 27, 2020, 1:30 p.m. REGISTER

Navigating USAJOBS Finding and Applying for Federal Jobs

Join the staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), for an in-depth webinar that provides a step-by-step process for navigating USAJOBS. We cover job searching, creating your account/profile, reviewing Job Opportunity Announcements, applying, and application status.

March 23, 2020, 2:00 p.m. REGISTER

March 31, 2020, 4:00 p.m. REGISTER

April 15, 2020, 3:00 p.m. REGISTER

April 21, 2020, 1:30 p.m. REGISTER

May 5, 2020, 11:00 a.m. REGISTER


Join the staff of the Recruitment Policy and Outreach (RPO) division of the Office of Personnel Management (OPM), for an in-depth webinar on the Federal Government interview process. It explains the types of interviews, delivery methods, common questions, responding using the S.T.A.R. (Situation/Task, Action, Result) method and preparing for an interview.

April 7, 2020, 11:00 a.m. REGISTER

April 29, 2020, 2:00 p.m. REGISTER

May 14, 2020, 11:00 a.m. REGISTER

May 26, 2020, 1:00 p.m. REGISTER

Opportunity with Playa Lakes Joint Venture Partnership Base

Funding Opportunity Number: F20AS00063

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) is pleased to announce the availability of funding for Playa Lakes Joint Venture operations support, i.e., support staff and activities/functions. Joint ventures address multiple local, regional, and continental goals for sustaining migratory bird populations by developing scientifically based landscape conservation plans and habitat projects that benefit migratory birds and other wildlife populations. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service currently provides base operations support for 21 joint ventures. For information about joint ventures see:

Eligible Applicants: Unrestricted

Award Ceiling: $807,000

Closing Date for Applications: May 8, 2020

For additional Information:

If you have difficulty accessing the full announcement electronically, please contact Walter Bert Ullrey at

U.S. Department of Justice

FY2020 Solicitations

Information on 2020 solicitations can be viewed by clicking here. In addition, all solicitations can be found at

Humanities Research Grants Available for Faculty and Staff at Historically Black Colleges and Universities

The NEH Awards for Faculty program seeks to strengthen the humanities at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by encouraging and expanding humanities research opportunities for individual faculty and staff members. Awards support individuals pursuing scholarly research that is of value to humanities scholars, students, and/or general audiences.

The next application deadline is April 8, 2020 for projects beginning in 2021 and 2022.

The program offers applicants flexibility in project types and award periods. Common to all projects must be humanities research. Eligible projects include humanities research in primary and secondary materials leading to the development of books, monographs, peer-reviewed articles, e-books, digital materials, translations with annotations or a critical apparatus, critical editions, or other scholarly resources; humanities research related to institutional or community goals or interests; and humanities research leading to the improvement of an existing undergraduate course. For complete details, please see the Notice of Funding Opportunity.

The program is open to all faculty and staff members, including full-time, part-time, adjunct, and retired faculty and staff at HBCUs.

The awards support the equivalent of two to twelve months of full-time work and carry a stipend of $5,000 per month (full-time equivalent).

For a detailed program description and the Notice of Funding Opportunity, please see the NEH website at

NEH staff recorded a pre-application webinar about the program, available here:

NEH contacts:

Jacob Lusk Mary Macklem

Program Analyst Senior Program Officer

Division of Research Programs Division of Research Programs

National Endowment for the Humanities National Endowment for the Humanities

Washington, DC Washington, DC

(202) 606-8295 (202) 606-8276