Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE): Upward Bound Math and Science Program CFDA Number 84.047M

Funding Agency:
Department of Education

The Upward Bound (UB) Program is one of the seven programs known as the Federal TRIO Programs. The UB Program is a discretionary grant program that supports projects designed to provide students with the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter into, and succeed in, a program of postsecondary education. There are three types of grants under the UB Program: UB; Veterans UB; and UB Math and Science (UBMS) grants. 

In this notice we invite applications for UBMS grants only. The invitation to apply for UB grants has been announced and we will invite applications for Veterans UB grants in a forthcoming notice.

The UBMS Program supports projects designed to prepare high school students for postsecondary education programs that lead to careers in the fields of math and science.

The UBMS Program is a critical component of the Department’s efforts to improve college readiness, access and completion for students who have been traditionally underrepresented in postsecondary education. To more strategically align UBMS grants with broader reform strategies intended to improve postsecondary access and completion, this notice includes a competitive preference priority that encourages applicants to propose activities that are supported by moderate evidence of effectiveness (as defined in this notice). The Department is particularly interested in receiving applications that include plans to provide services for students, supported by evidence, that increase the likelihood that students will complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of postsecondary education. The Department is not specifying a particular service, such as tutoring or mentoring, that is tied to evidence, but is providing an opportunity for the applicant to decide which statutorily authorized service the project will implement based on available evidence of effectiveness.

Additionally, this notice includes an invitational priority encouraging applicants to focus on increasing opportunities for students to earn postsecondary credits while in high school. Some of these opportunities for postsecondary coursework may be available through dual enrollment programs. Dual enrollment programs allow high school students to enroll in credit-bearing college courses while enrolled in high school. In various forms and under different names, dual enrollment programs exist in all 50 States and the District of Columbia.

Deadline: Mar. 22, 2017

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants: Institutions of higher education, public and private agencies, and organizations including community-based organizations with experience in serving disadvantaged youth, combinations of such institutions, agencies and organizations, and secondary schools. 

An applicant may submit more than one application for a UBMS Program grant so long as each application describes a project that serves a different target area or target school (34 CFR 645.20(a)). The Secretary is not designating any additional populations for which an applicant may submit a separate application under this competition (34 CFR 645.20(b)).  

Amount Description

The Administration has requested $900,000,000 for the Federal TRIO Program for FY 2017, of which we intend to use an estimated $44,000,000 for UBMS awards. The actual level of funding, if any, depends on final congressional action. However, we are inviting applications to allow enough time to complete the grant process if Congress appropriates funds for this program.

Estimated Range of Awards: $257,500–$382,896. 

Estimated Average Size of Awards: $266,511.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Social Sciences

External Deadline

March 22, 2017