Dr. Jackie Peltier Horn, Chair and Professor of Biology, Dr. Taiya Fabre, Professor of Chemistry, and Dr. Hannah Wingate, Associate Professor of Biology, attended the Life STEM Capacity Building Workshop at Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans on June 12-13, 2017. The workshop was designed to help minority serving institutions (MSI), and other research organizations, learn about and share effective models of intervention that will broaden participation of underrepresented minority students in STEM fields, particularly in life science and bioscience. The workshop provided them with the opportunity to 1) network with other MSI faculty and research officers, 2) understand the role of the institutional grant administration team and 3) meet program officers from NSF. The outcome of this workshop was that HBU knows more about the various funding mechanisms of the NSF. Specifically, HBU faculty learned of opportunities for funding through programs of the life STEM Dear Colleague Letter, which provides a mechanism for researchers to create, implement and evaluate innovative models of intervention in STEM, beginning in elementary school through undergraduate studies. HBU faculty are interested in the EAGER (Early-concept Grants for Exploratory Research) component of these programs, and plan to generate ideas for a potential application in the upcoming year.