About the MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium

The MSI STEM Research & Development Consortium (MSRDC) creates a collaborative environment for members and research & development partners to promote innovation, commercialization and technology leadership. We enable research opportunities for member institutions to ensure sponsoring agencies maintain and enhance their science and technology priorities.

MSRDC is a nonprofit corporation formed under Cooperative Agreement No. W911SR-14-2-0001 with the US Department of the Army. The Agreement, sponsored by the Edgewood Chemical and Biological Center (ECBC), engages Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) of higher education in the pursuit of technology advancement in areas of importance to ECBC, Departments of Defense (DoD), Homeland Security (DHS), State (DOS) and a growing list of other Federal agencies engaged in science and engineering research.

In partnership with the DoD, MSRDC supports and stimulates Science and Technology related research at MSIs for real-world applications to real-world problems to maintain and enhance the technological dominance of the United States in a competitive world.

Engage Diverse Talent.  Promote Innovation.  Engineer Futures.

Consortium members include minority-serving institutions, including Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs), Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISIs), American Indian Alaska Native Serving Institutions (AIANSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) and other MSIs as defined by the US Department of Education.

MSRDC was formed under the authority of Section 252 of the FY10 National Defense Authorization Act codified in 10 USC 2362, “Research and Education Programs and Activities: Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions of Higher Education.”

The objectives of MSRDC include the following:

  • Enhance the research and educational capabilities of HBCUs/MSIs in areas of importance to national defense
  • Encourage HBCUs/MSI participation in research, development, testing, and evaluation programs and activities
  • Increase the number of graduates from HBCUs/MSIs engaged in disciplines critical to national security
  • Encourage research and educational collaborations between HBCUs/MSIs and other institutions of higher education, government defense organizations, and the defense industry
  • Provide a unified voice to effectively articulate the strategically important role of HBCUs/MSIs in STEM initiatives
  • Effectively develop critical technology that can translate to weapons systems and commercial applications
  • Maximize the collaborative capabilities of the government and HBCUs/MSIs
  • Improve research facilities of the HBCUs/MSIs

To help accomplish these objectives, MSRDC conducts numerous development activities to market the consortium and identify available funding streams.