MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium

The Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai has embarked upon an exciting partnership with the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC). The MSRDC provides a unique funding mechanism for institutions and organizations to work with Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI), such as Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), etc., on government projects. MSIs join the Consortium as members, while non-MSIs (i.e., higher education institutions other than MSIs, such as ISMMS) join as "Consortium Collaborators." These entities, along with sponsoring government agencies, form a non-traditional collaborative partnership. Once institutions are a part of the Consortium, any faculty member can use this procurement vehicle, as it is not solely for use by one person, lab, or group.  

The Consortium awards are classified as"other transactions" rather than traditional grants or contracts. These non-competed awards bypass solicitation, allowing for a direct connection between collaborative partners and government program managers. Consequently, this mechanism creates the opportunity for the rapid procurement of funds (i.e., 90-120 days), as the partners work together to produce a Scope of Work (SOW) and a Request for Proposal (RFP).  There are no communicative blackout periods with government program managers.

MSRDC Documentation:

Some Advantages – Skip The Line: 

  • Access a community of researchers and partners
  • Leverage unique funding vehicles to secure direct, non-competed awards
  • Work together to produce a Scope of Work (SOW) and a Request for Proposal (RFP)
  • Move your idea from concept to award in as few as 90 days, (or fewer)

Some of the federal agencies involved include:

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • National Institutes of Health (NIH)
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Department of State (DOS)
  • Department of Defense (DoD)
  • Department of Education (DoE)
  • Homeland Security
  • Communications-Electronics Research Development Center (CERDEC)
  • Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
  • Army Material Systems Analysts Activity (AMSAA)
  • Department of Transportation

For additional information or assistance, please email Anthony Smalls.

To get started, submit your capabilities by using the links below:

If you have any questions for MSRDC, please use the contact information below:

Phone:(202) 684-7953
Hours: Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm EST