Winter 2016– Volume IX, Issue 2 NSPAA Voice | Page 3

The National Sponsored Programs Administrators Alliance (NSPAA) of HBCUs, Incorporated NSPAA was established in December 1993 with the mission to aid Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) in the efficiency and effectiveness of sponsored program administration. The organization provides technical assistance workshops, conferences, training and service activities, which have formed a collaborative sponsored research community of HBCUs that address and share particular needs facing HBCUs. A main goal of NSPAA is to gain visibility, and broaden its membership base within the HBCU sponsored research community. NSPAA-HBCU's Inc. was co-founded by Mr. Marvin H. Watkins of North Carolina A&T State University and Dr. Franklin D. Hamilton of Florida A&M University. NSPAA is an enthusiastic organization, which recognizes the vital role that research administrators play in helping their schools to secure external funding. The network of HBCUs administrators developed by NSPAA has gone a long way towards promoting the specialized interests of HBCUs and furthering communication among these institutions. As the NSPAA organization grows, so does its association with federal offices and private/non-governmental entities. This interaction has proved to be essential in empowering HBCUs to remain competitive in the research arena and to stay abreast of current developments in sponsored research.