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Office of Capacity Building and Leadership

The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU) Office of Capacity Building and Leadership managed projects funded by federal agencies, and oversaw various leadership programs aimed at supporting Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs).

DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program

From 1999 to 2010, the DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program was a Research Enhancement Initiative for Selected Faculty and OSPR Staff at Hispanic-Serving Institutions.  Funding for this program ended in 2010.


For 12 years, the DHHS-HACU Professions Capacity Building Program was supported by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NCMHD) and administered by the Office of Minority Health (OMH) and HACU through a cooperative agreement. HACU’s Office of Capacity Building Initiatives managed the program. The program was initiated in 1999 as a commitment of the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to building the capacity of HSIs and their faculty to become more competitive in the procurement of federal grants and contracts in the health sciences field. The NCMHD and OMH were particularly interested in increasing the rate of participation of minority institutions and their faculty in research grant efforts that focus on improving the health of minority populations, including disease prevention and health promotion activities.

Program Goals

By developing the grant writing skills and knowledge of the faculty participants, the program was intended to strengthen the capacity of HSIs to secure and retain funding for biomedical and health services research, and other sponsored programs.  Through grants administration training of faculty and staff participants, the program was intended to provide institutions with more information about post-award management and institutional compliance. Participation of the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research (OSPR) or Grants Office staff was intended to enhance the campus infrastructure for the receipt, distribution, and effective management of external funds provided by the federal government.

Program Curriculum Components/Schedule

The program provided skills development through three program components: workshop presentations, experiential training, and participation in an online course. Participants received all travel and lodging expenses, along with a modest stipend.The two-day workshops presentations were held in San Antonio, TX in June and August, and a week-long workshop in Bethesda, MD during July.  The Bethesda workshop presentations included a visit to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) where NIH staff hosted a two-day session that included an overview of the NIH and various NIH funding opportunities.   



  • Entry-level from Biological and Social Sciences, and/or allied health programs from a two-year or four-year HSI
  • Minimal grant proposal development/writing experience
  • Strong interest in health disparities research (preferred)


  • Staff of Office of Sponsored Research Program (or its equivalent) from a two-year or four-year HSI
  • Actively involved in pre- and/or post-award day-to-day administration
  • Long-term career interests in research administration 


Funding for this project ended in 2010. 


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