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The Minority Serving Institution (MSI) Exchange is a tool that supports your search for innovative and diverse academic collaborators by curating STEM offerings and capability statements of MSIs nationwide. 

The MSI Exchange can inform partnerships for teaming opportunities and competitive federal awards such as contracts, cooperative agreements, and grants.

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The user-friendly interface and mobile-responsive design makes the MSI Exchange the ideal search tool for: 

  • Researchers, scientists, engineers, and innovators seeking diverse academic collaborators with capabilities that can be leveraged in mission work. Helps NASA researchers seeking partners for mission focused research through Cooperative Agreement Notices (CANs), Space Act Agreements (SAAs), Small Business Innovation Research / Small Business Technology Transfer. 
  • Prime and small business contractors seeking diverse academic collaborators for mission work and Small Business Innovation Research/Small Business Technology Transfer (SBIR/STTR) projects. 
  • Higher education faculty seeking diverse research collaborators for competitive awards. 

Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education, research, innovation and entrepreneurship are vital to bolstering and maintaining a strong U.S. economy and a competitive workforce. To increase innovation, NASA leverages diversity to tap into underutilized resources. The awareness created by the MSI Exchange can facilitate collaboration that contributes to NASA’s mission while strengthening technical capacity at MSIs, and building a diverse and competitive workforce for NASA and the Nation. 

The MSI Exchange is maintained by the NASA Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). For more information, review our list of Frequently Asked Questions or email

MSI Exchange Data Sources 

Additional Resources 

Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) ListThe NASA MSI List is aligned to the U.S. Department of Education Eligibility Matrix and developed by the NASA Office of STEM Engagement Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP). The list includes institutions that qualify for NASA MUREP funding and resources. 

NASA Contact

Sharon Fitzgerald, Functional Lead
MSI Exchange
NASA Langley Research Center 
Mail Stop #033 
Hampton, VA 23681