The NIH Path to Excellence & Innovation Initiative

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About the Path to Excellence and Innovation

The PEI Initiative is a tremendous opportunity for the National Institutes of Health to work more collaboratively with Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

The mission of the PEI Initiative is to empower HBCUs with the knowledge, resources, and skills they need to effectively and consistently compete for and win contracts from the National Institutes of Health and thereby diversify revenue streams and create more research opportunities for those academic institutions. 

The PEI Initiative is a uniquely designed step-by-step roadmap to create significantly more opportunities for HBCUs through collaboration with business partners by providing training and technical assistance to HBCUs applying for NIH contracts and grants.

Fiscal Year 2021 Expansion

In fiscal year 2021, the Path to Excellence and Innovation (PEI) 2.0 Initiative onboarded 21 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and 43 Business Partners into an extensive 18-month acquisition training program that provides a comprehensive overview of NIH funding mechanisms and federal contracting policies. The PEI 2.0 features a database that allows HBCUs and their respective Business Partners to access NIH contract and grant opportunities consolidated within a straightforward dashboard. The database also provides a communication platform where the HBCU or Business Partner can submit inquiries or requests for assistance to the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management (OALM) staff and view OALM announcements. Additionally, the NIH has developed an organic PEI Technical Assistance Center (TAC). This comprehensive ecosystem provides professional guidance with all aspects of the acquisition life cycle that will assist HBCUs in competing for and managing acquisition opportunities with the NIH.
The ultimate goal of the next phase of the PEI Initiative will be to assist the Small Business Program Office in empowering HBCUs to secure 2% of NIH contracts.

PEI 2.0 Cohort

Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Bowie State University Morehouse College
Central State University Morehouse School of Medicine
Cheyney University Morgan State University
Clark Atlanta University Norfolk State University
Delaware State University North Carolina Agricultural & Technical State University
Elizabeth City State University Savannah State University
Fayetteville University Texas Southern University
Fisk University Tuskegee University
Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University University of Virgin Islands
Howard University Xavier University of Louisiana
Jackson State University  

Business Partners:

Armedia, LLC Delmock Technologies Inc. Kaizen Approach, Inc. Program Management Consulting Services (PMCS)
Aurora Technical Systems, LLC Diaspora AI Key Concepts Knowledgebase LLC Sage Services Group LL
Axis Consultant Group, LLC Dynamic Service Solutions Kingdomware Technologies, Inc. SRR International, Inc.
Axle Informatics Edwards Industries, LLC Longevity Consulting LLC Symposit LLC
B3 Solutions LLC Federal Management Systems, Inc. Lord and Tucker Management Consultants, LLC Technuf LLC
Bering Human Touch JV LLC. Global Consulting International MetaMeta LLC Telling Your Story, LLC dba High Impact Partners
BETAH Associates, Inc. Hendall Inc. MPF Federal, LLCH VAAS Professionals LLC
Capgemini Government Solutions LLC Immersive Concepts Oak Ridge Associated Universities Williams Consulting LLC

Clinical Pharmacy Associates Inc

In2end Technologies Inc.

Patriot LLC

z SofTech Solutions

Data Storage Science (DSS)

Intellectual Concepts, LLC (IC)

Positive Psyche Biz Corp


Decisionwave Technologies Inc.

Jobe Consulting Group, LLC

Professional Stewards Services



PEI HBCU Webinars
HBCU Capability Statement/NAICS Code Refresher Webinar

HBCU GSA Schedules Webinar 

NITAAC Webinar for HBCUs 

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