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Minority Serving Institutions

Contracting with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) 

The Department of the Interior (DOI) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) welcomes educational Institutions to do business with the Federal Government and Government Contractors. The OSDBU is available for MSIs to learn strategies and techniques for pursuing available contracting opportunities.

MSIs and their students are a vital resource to DOI because they produce some of America's brightest and talented young men and women from minority backgrounds. They represent what this country has become; a melting pot of racial and ethnic backgrounds and allow DOI to diversify their infrastructure as well as allow it to increase its ability to attract potential minority clients and employees.

The HBCU Executive Order (E.O. 13532) requires agencies to advance equal opportunity in higher education, strengthen the capacity of HBCUs to provide the highest quality education, increase opportunities for these institutions to participate in and benefit from Federal programs, and ensure that our Nation has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by the year 2020.

HBCUs, MSIs, and other IHE interested in pursuing contract opportunities with Federal Government Agencies and Government Contractors need to become familiar with the government's procurement processes and requirements as well as the information that will assist them to successfully pursue these business and educational opportunities.

Pursuing Opportunities

Visit FedBizOpps,, the Government's single point of entry portal for contracting opportunities regularly. Institutions are encouraged to seek Small Businesses, particularly HUB Zone Small Businesses located geographically near the Institution. Likewise Institutions may pursue sub-contracting opportunities themselves. There is not a single point of entry for subcontracting. SBA's SUB-Net, is a resource for information on subcontracting opportunities.

Preparing to Compete for Federal Contracts

  • Obtain a DUNS Number from Dun & Bradstreet at (required for SAM registration)
  • Register on the System for Award Management (SAM),
  • Know the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) code and the Federal Supply Classification (FSC) code for your products or services. Use to determine your NAICS code(s)

Preparing a Capture Strategy

  • Visit websites of bureaus or offices your Institution is interested in doing business with to learn about what kinds of projects or services are needed.
  • Identify how your Institution can help our bureaus or offices.
  • Attend Department, bureaus or offices Small Business outreach conferences and sponsored match-making sessions to network with a wide variety of agency Small Business Specialists.

Benefits of partnerships between MSIs and DOI

  • Partnerships will assist students with equal opportunity to participate in departmental educational programs.
  • Partnerships will assist students with equal opportunity to develop research facilities and broaden their overall ability to write research grants as equivalent to their counterparts at majority institutions.
  • Partnerships will assist students with equal opportunity to increase their institution as well as their student involvement in development and technology based activities.