The NIH Path to Excellence & Innovation Initiative

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.

In 2016, Diane Frasier, Head of the NIH Contracting Activity and Director of the Office of Acquisition and Logistics Management, launched a PEI Pilot Program. The pilot was designed in accordance with Presidential Executive Order 13779 to address inequities in contract awards to HBCUs. It has since been superseded by EO 14041, “Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity Through Historically Black Colleges and Universities.” This executive order directs agencies to strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to participate in Federal programs, access Federal resources, including grants and procurement opportunities, and partner with Federal agencies. 

On May 25, 2021, the NIH launched the PEI 2.0 Cohort.  The PEI 2.0 is the first expansion following the successful pilot, which included 6 HBCUs. The new Cohort more than tripled the number of participating HBCUs—2.0 on-boarded 21 HBCUs and includes 42 small business partners! At this time, the Initiative is receiving exceptional contract support from an 8(a) small business, Supreme Solutions Inc.

Although the Initiative has made much success since its integration, the PEI Initiative is not resting on its laurels. Currently, NIH awards less than 1% of contracting dollars to HBCUs. Through the PEI Initiative, the NIH will work to INCREASE HBCU AWARDS BY 2%.

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On June 29, 2022, the National Institutes of Health, Small Business Program Office, Path to Excellence and Innovation (PEI) 2.0 Initiative hosted a “1 Year Reflection Webinar.” Click below to learn more about the Initiative’s first-year successes.
HBCU Corner: Special Edition|PEI 2.0 One Year Anniversary :

PEI 2.0 Cohort

Historically Black Colleges and Universities:

Below is a listing of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Business Partners participating in the PEI 2.0 Initiative.

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 Fayetteville University
Texas Southern University Fisk 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 Professional Stewards Services 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




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