The National Sponsored
Alliance (NSPAA) of HBCUs,
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.
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.