Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges

The CIBE Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) and Community College (CC) Consortium (CMCC) is a consortium of 9 universities across the country that are home to the Centers for International Business Education, a Title VI grant provided by the U.S. Department of Education. The CMCC includes the University of South Carolina, University of Washington, George Washington University, Indiana University, Florida International University, San Diego State University, Brigham Young University, Georgia Tech, and the University of Maryland. As a consortium, we act as a resource multiplier in connecting schools across the CIBE network with MSIs and CCs nationwide for the purpose of internationalizing business education, thereby increasing the visibility of and access to innovative development opportunities for faculty, staff, and students.

The CMCC is actively seeking to support faculty, administrators, and students at MSIs and CCs across the country who aim to develop capabilities that will expand and strengthen international business education at their respective institutions or increase their own expertise in international business education.

CIBE Background

CIBE is a federally-funded program awarded to 15 universities across the United State The CIBE program was created by Congress under the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act of 1988 to increase and promote the nation's capacity for international understanding and competitiveness. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education under Title VI, Part B of the Higher Education Act of 1965, the CIBE network links the manpower and technological needs of the United States business community with the international education, language training, and research capacities of universities across the country.

Applicant Eligibility

Applying individuals must be faculty, administrators, or students of a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) or Community College. By its federal definition, MSIs are institutions of higher education that serve minority populations, these include Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Hispanic-Serving Institutions, Tribal Colleges and Universities, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions. Community Colleges are defined as two-year schools that provide affordable postsecondary education as a pathway to a four-year degree. The same criteria apply for both the individual grant application and the programmatic grant application.

Award Application


Individuals must complete the application, which includes providing a detailed and compelling explanation about the program or project for which the applicant is seeking funds, as well as budget and timeline information. Additionally, the applicants must propose the creation of a deliverable as part of their funding request and must explain how the deliverable relates to the funding request. These deliverables will contribute to a portal of resources that will be available to other constituents within the CIBE network. Finally, applying individuals must provide a resume and a letter of support from their Dean (faculty), supervisor (administrator), or student (advisor or faculty) of their associated school. Applicants that are submitting a programmatic grant application are also required to submit additional appendices, such as learning objectives and evaluation plan. All required appendices are listed at the end of the application document. Upon review of applications, applications that have been selected for funding will receive a notification letter that indicates the amount the CMCC has determined to allocate.

Amount of Award

Individuals may apply for an award in increments of $500 with a maximum of $6,500. Participants should be aware that awards are competitive and may be less than what was requested. Individuals submitting a programmatic application on behalf of an institution may apply for a maximum award of $20,000. Programmatic awards are also competitive and awards may be less than what was requested. The CMCC will determine the final amount of the funding award.

Funding categories and sample expenses:


Examples of allowable expenses

Examples of unallowable expenses

Professional Development

Conference/program registration, travel expenses to/from said program (airfare, ground transportation, lodging, baggage fees, costs associated with passports, port of entry visa fees, visas, international departure taxes, other*

Ground transportation for personal use, meals, tips, porterage, and other incidentals during conference/program

Scholarly Research

Purchase of database/software, materials/supplies (not to include computers or other equipment), conference registration, travel expenses for research, RA support, other*

Summer salary or other stipend for applicant

Student Development

Conference/program registration, travel expenses to/from said program (airfare, ground transportation, lodging, baggage fees, costs associated with passports, port of entry visa fees, visas, international departure taxes, stipends for unpaid internships that are international in scope (domestic or international), other*

Ground transportation for personal use, meals, tips, porterage, and other incidentals during conference/program; internship stipends not provided for paid internships (verify with letter from employer)

Curriculum Development

TA or RA support, purchase of cases, faculty time, other*


Resource Development

Purchase of database, software, platforms, eportfolio, other*

Faculty time

Program Development

Seed money to develop a MSI/CC program that seeks to increase international business education at their institution. This could include student program, research development, administrative support, or curriculum development.

Expenses may include faculty time, student scholarships, purchase of data/software/materials/supplies, TA or RA support, purchase of cases

Ground transportation for personal use, meals, tips, porterage, and other incidentals during program.

Food/refreshments during program.

*For questions about allowable vs. unallowable expenses, applicants should contact CIBECMCC@gmail.com.

Allocation of Award

Award expenses will be paid directly to the organizing program in which the individual is participating or reimbursed to the awardee after completion of the program or project. If the applicant requires the award upfront to pay for travel expenses, the applicant should indicate this in their application. Once the CMCC receives its application, the CMCC will make an informed decision based on the applicant’s needs and the requirements of the CMCC.

As a condition of accepting the award, the awardee will be required to complete the following:

  1. Within four weeks of completing said program/experience, submit a two-page impact report to CIBE detailing the experience, skills, and knowledge gained.
  2. Develop deliverable within two months of experience – simulation, case, article, working paper, blog submission, or other learning tools – to be shared within CIBE network, MSI/CC community, and the general public. Deliverable will be agreed upon between individual and CMCC at the time of award notification.


  • Application deadline: October 15, 2019.
  • Award announcements will be made by November 15, 2019.
  • Impact report of awardee/program: A month after project/program is completed.
  • Resources in International Business: Two months after project/program is complete.

To be considered, individuals/programs must submit a completed application and required appendices. All application materials should be sent in one e-mail message to CMCC at CIBECMCC@gmail.com or submitted at cibercmcc.org.