HBCU Led Consortium
The SMART HBCU Consortium was established at Norfolk State University in 2020. NSU has past performance in managing HBCU Consortiums. The map above identifies the current HBCU partners who are part of an industry sponsored innovation ecosystem research initiative.
Share Agency Strategic Objectives and Investigate How to Better Partner with HBCUs and Industry Stakeholders
Network with Key Stakeholders and Discover Best Practices in both Contract Systems & Capture Management
Increase Partnership Capacity for HBCUs by Harnessing the Over 65,000 U.S. Minority Tech Companies
Over 13 HBCU from across the United States are currently collaborating to develop and build out a pilot Broadband and 5G Pilot Digital Opportunity Collaborative Network in both Urban and Rural anchor communities.
Bridging Digital Opportunities
September 14th, 2021
Event will be held as the SMART HBCU 2021 Kickoff Event to discuss the progress of the SMART HBCU Partnerships.
Session will include a review of the new legislation creating the Office of Minority Broadband Initiatives which was newly funded with a $285 Million set aside for HBCUs, MSIs and Tribal Institutions.
Registration Opens May 24, 2021
Our economy converges and grows when industry, government and community partners work together and agree to joint profitable and sustainable economic outcomes.
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Design Based Research Institute
HBCU Faculty, Administrators and Staff may be eligible for an individual SMART HBCU membership. Please let us know if you are interested
Leveraging of resources, tools, relationships, and processes
Dive into challenges and solutions that hinder HBCU engagement
Plan to identify champions, heavy- lifters, authorized signers.
Deliberation for shared services and other initiatives that streamline the path to the win.
Precise teaming and collaborations that maximize the strengths of member schools
Virtual Federal Internship
Advancing the Future - Building a Resilient Nation
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Student Researchers will be engaged in hands on skill building and networking activities that provide an opportunity to boost resumes and "test drive" key cybersecurity analyst, info-sec and policy analyst positions.
Advancement Research converges performance, governance and capital into innovation ecosystems. Operating on the belief that given a healthy choice people would choose productivity over dependence. Advancement Research brings an integrative framework for managing knowledge across boundaries.
Stimulating the economy through governance, infrastructure and innovation and public/private partnerships.
Historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) have made, and continue to make, extraordinary contributions to the general welfare and prosperity of our country. The SMART HBCU university/industry partnership started at Norfolk State University focuses on strengthening HBCUs through private/public partnerships that include the use of technology to increase contract awards and build capacity, leveraged capture, risk management and investment strategies with a research focus.
Francine E. Alkisswani, Ph.D.
Minority Broadband Initiative
National Telecommunications and Information Administration
U.S. Department of Commerce
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA),
The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), located within the Department of Commerce, is the Executive Branch agency that is principally responsible by law for advising the President on telecommunications and information policy issues. NTIA’s programs and policymaking focus largely on expanding broadband Internet access and adoption in America, expanding the use of spectrum by all users, and ensuring that the Internet remains an engine for continued innovation and economic growth. These goals are critical to America’s competitiveness in the 21st century global economy and to addressing many of the nation’s most pressing needs, such as improving education, health care, and public safety.
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Office of Contracts and Partnerships
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Norfolk State University
This SMART HBCU HUB Invitational Workshop is scheduled as an HBCU only event to discuss the joint capabilities possible for HBCUs who are willing to partner with the Minority Technology Industry as governed by the Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) and the SMART HBCU HUB at Norfolk State University, Cybersecurity Complex.
Our nation's first combined meeting between Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and the Minority Technology Industry was held as a webinar May 7th, 2020. The desired outcome for the event is to initiate a research cohort dedicated to developing multiple federal contract teams over the next decade that will bring industry partnerships and revenue to universities and build capacity and allow for larger contract wins for the minority technology community.
Council Exchange Board of Trade
The Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) has completed the first Request for Information (RFI) market research discovery process with minority technology companies. The RFI followed CEBOT's vendor governance process and with a desire to support the HBCU Ecosystem.
CEBOT has completed research on the development of a regional opportunity fund with the intention to create multiple opportunity zone business joint ventures investments. The primary purpose of the joint ventures is to stimulate the economy through governance, infrastructure and innovation and public/private partnerships.
The minority technology companies that participated in the vendor governance interviews self selected into a research cohort and will be invited to participate in a contractor team arrangement that binds the minority technology industry to the HBCU ecosystem.
The SMART HBCU HUB federal contracting innovation is now in development with Norfolk State University's Cybersecurity Complex.
Over the last decade, higher education institutions have received over $123 billion in federal contract funding revenue, but less than 1% of that funding has gone to historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and other minority serving institutions (MSIs). The federal government is mandated to give at least 3% to HBCUs, but that goal has not been met.
On Monday, January 13 2020 the U.S. Treasury and General Services Administration’s official signing of the landmark agreement to increase HBCU funding in federal contracting.These federal contracting opportunities will allow HBCUs to be more engaged in a private sector model that will create jobs and spark innovations that will scale across the entire HBCU ecosystem.
Last year, the Council Exchange Board of Trade (CEBOT) in partnership with their minority technology company members and Norfolk State University Cybersecurity Complex (NSU Cybersecurity Complex), responded to a Request for Information (RFI) presented by the Office of Management and Budget and the GSA for Technology Based Management (TBM). It proposes the inclusion of over 100 minority technology companies with a GSA schedule.
This RFI was accepted by GSA and illuminates the importance of the Treasury Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as NSU Cybersecurity Complex was included in Treasury's market research based on CEBOT's recommendation. This Use Case will be part of the May 27th, 2020 and June 11th, 2020 discussions to bring context to federal contracting and introduce how HBCUs and the minority technology industry can work together to build past performance and capabilities to win more federal contracts.
The CEBOT Cyber Career Workforce Center (www.advancementresearch.org) is focused on the specific cybersecurity work role "All-Source Analysis" in the NICE Cybersecurity Workforce Framework. Developing an applied curriculum, deliver classroom instruction, and provide pathways to relevant career, college degree, and/or certification
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