About the PEI

Welcome to the National Institutes of Health HBCU Portal for Acquisition and Grants

This tool assists participants in the Path to Excellence and Innovation Pilot Program in locating and pursuing NIH contract and grant opportunities.

About the Path to Excellence and Innovation

The Path to Excellence and Innovation Pilot Program is a comprehensive plan to increase Historically Black Colleges and Universities' engagement with the National Institutes of Health. The program was founded in accordance with the Presidential Executive Order 13779: The White House Initiative to Promote Excellence and Innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs).

In accordance with the Executive Order,"[Federal] agencies are to assist in strengthening HBCUs' ability to equitably participate in Federal programs and explore new ways of improving the relationship between the Federal Government and HBCUs; and establish how the agency intends to increase the capacity of HBCUs to compete effectively for grants, contracts, or cooperative agreements."