Boilerplate Descriptions for Grant Applications

University of Hawaiʻi (UH)


The College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts of the Territory of Hawaiʻi was founded in 1907 and became the University of Hawaiʻi in 1920 with the addition of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1972 the original campus in the Mānoa Valley of Honolulu on the island of Oʻahu was designated as the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa) to distinguish it from the other units in the growing statewide University of Hawaiʻi System. Today UH Mānoa is the flagship unit of the ten campus UH System and the only institution of higher education in Hawaiʻi with a Carnegie Classification of R1: Doctoral Universities – Highest Research Activity. The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Senior College and Universities Commission. [1]


The mission of the University of Hawaiʻi System is to offer quality college and university education and training; create knowledge through research and scholarship; provide service through extension, technical assistance, and training; contribute to the cultural heritage of the community; and respond to state needs. UH Mānoa is a research university of international standing. Students have special opportunities for Asian, Pacific, and Hawaiian educational experiences and involvement in research activities, service learning, and co-curricular activities. [2]

University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH Mānoa)


Leadership for UH Mānoa is provided by a Chancellor and four Vice Chancellors with responsibilities for academic affairs, research, students, and administration, finance & operations. The instructional and research responsibilities are carried out in 18 colleges and schools each headed by an academic dean and 55 organized research centers, institutes, programs and offices headed by a director. [3]

Selected Areas of Excellence

UH Mānoa has widely recognized strengths in tropical agriculture, tropical medicine, oceanography, astronomy, electrical engineering, volcanology, evolutionary biology, comparative philosophy, comparative religion, Hawaiian studies, Asian studies, Pacific Islands studies, and Asian and Pacific region public health. UH Mānoa offers instruction in more languages than any U.S. institution outside the Department of State.


In the fall semester of 2016, 18,056 students were studying at UH Mānoa towards bachelor's degrees in 100 different bachelor degree programs, 85 master's degree programs, 58 doctorate programs and first professional degrees. Of this total, 13,132 were undergraduates and 4,924 were enrolled in graduate and/or professional degree programs such as architecture, law, and medicine. The self-reported racial/ethnic breakdown of the undergraduate students was: Black or African American 228; American Indian or Alaska Native 50; Hispanic/Latino 283; Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 2,198; Asian 5,288; Caucasian or White 2,593; and Multiracial 2,026. Approximately fifty-five percent of the undergraduate students are female. [4]


The educational, research, and service role of UH Mānoa is carried out by a staff of 6,049 that includes 2,570 faculty, 1,381 Administrative, Professional and Technical (APT) staff, 85 Executive and Management personnel, 1,249 Graduate Assistants and 764 Civil Service staff. The academic staff is well qualified, with 90.2% of instructional faculty holding a doctorate or other terminal degree. In addition, 45.4% of the instructional faculty at UH Mānoa are female and 48.3% are members of minority groups. [5]


As the only publicly funded institution of higher education in the state, the University of Hawaiʻi System receives the bulk of its operating budget via an annual appropriation from the Hawaiʻi State Legislature. For Fiscal Year 2016-17, total operating expenses for the UH Mānoa campus are estimated at $645,304,435. Of this amount, $232,840,913 is from state general funds and the remaining $412,463,522 comes from a combination of tuition and fees, research & training funds, and other special and revolving funds. [6]

Research Funding

During Fiscal Year 2016, the University of Hawaiʻi System received $391 million in extramural grant and contract awards for research and training. Of this amount, $309 million or almost 79% was award to UH Mānoa. The largest supporters of research include federal agencies such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and U.S. Departments of Defense, Education, Commerce, Energy, Interior and Agriculture. In Fiscal Year 2016, the largest recipient of extramural funding was the School of Ocean and Earth Sciences and Technology (SOEST) followed by the John A. Burns School of Medicine, the College of Natural Sciences, the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center and the Institute for Astronomy. [7]

Research Support

Faculty and staff in the academic colleges, professional schools, and organized research units are assisted by a range of research support services including the Office of Research Services (ORS), the Office of Technology Transfer and Economic Development (OTTED), the Office of Export Controls (OEC), and the Research Corporation of the University of Hawaiʻi (RCUH). Additional guidance to research investigators is also provided by the Human Studies Program (HSP), Biological Safety Program (BSP), Animal Welfare Program (AWP), and Responsible Conduct of Research Program (RCRP). [8]

Information Technology

A new $41M, 74,000 square foot state-of-the-art Information Technology Center opened in December 2013. This six-story Information Technology Center houses enterprise information and communications technology systems and services that support modern teaching, administration and research for all ten UH campuses throughout the state of Hawaiʻi. The building features an energy-efficient disaster-hardened, 8,000-square-foot data center for enterprise servers, storage and communications, high-quality space for faculty to develop digital content, meeting and training rooms with teleconferencing capabilities and an emergency situation room to support UH disaster response. The sustainable building design meets LEED Silver certification standards and houses the UH Information Technology Services (ITS) support staff. [9]

A new $1.8M high performance computer cluster is available for researchers across the UH System which consists of 276 total nodes based on the Cray CS300. 178 nodes are first generation "standard compute nodes" and consist of two Intel Xeon E5-2680v2 "Ivy Bridge" 10-core, 2.8GHz processors, which is 20 cores total, and 128 GB of memory, 6.8GB per core. 58 nodes are second generation "standard compute nodes" consisting of two Intel Xeon Haswell 12-core, 2.3GHZ processors, which is 24 cores total and 128GB of memory. 33 nodes are second generation "standard compute nodes" with two Intel Xeon Haswell 10-core, 2.3GH processors with 256GB of memory. In addition to the "standard compute nodes" there are six "high-memory nodes". The "high-memory nodes" have Four E5-4640v2 "IvyBridge" 10-core, 2.2GHz processors, making 40 cores total, and 1 TB of memory, 25GB per core.

Lastly, there is one community GPU node that has two Intel Xeon Haswell 12-core, 2.3GHZ processors with 128GB of memory and two K40 NVIDIA Tesla GPUs. The system has been designed with expansion capabilities to include both GPU nodes and accelerators. [10]

Library and Special Collection

The UH Mānoa Library contains 3.2 million volumes housed in two buildings, the Hamilton and Sinclair Libraries. Another 291,518 E-books, 70,751 electronic and print serial subscriptions and 171 active databases are available online for use by students and faculty. Hamilton Library contains the majority of the research collections in all subjects including the Rare Books and Special Collections. Sinclair Library contains the Wong Audiovisual Center and the music collection. In addition, the UHM Library houses one of the primary collections of research reference materials on Asia and the Pacific in the United States. This collection receives materials in 17 Asian languages, as well as English and other Western languages. The Pacific Collection contains more than 100,000 volumes and is particularly noteworthy for its legal publications from Pacific Island nations. The UHM Library is a member of the Association of Research Libraries and ranks 88 out of 115 institutions on its Libraries Investment Index. The two libraries are maintained by a staff of 47 faculty librarians, 89 support staff and 46 student assistants and a $17.3 million annual operating and acquisitions budget. [11]

International Focus

UH Mānoa has been involved in international education and research for more than 90 years. The university's role in global exchange of academic and technical knowledge and resources builds upon its multinational faculty, institutional competence in selected fields, and the comparative advantages provided by its location and the environmental diversity of Hawaiʻi. In addition, UH Mānoa ranks among the leading American institutions of higher education in terms of the number of foreign scholars on its staff and foreign students enrolled in its various academic programs. During the fall semester of 2015, 1,066 international students from 81 countries were enrolled with the majority coming from the Asia-Pacific region. UH Mānoa maintains international exchange and partnership agreements with 158 overseas universities and research centers. In 2013, UH Mānoa became a member of APRU (Association of Pacific Rim Universities), expanding and strengthening its ties with other top-ranked comprehensive research universities in Asia, Oceania, and Americas. [12]

College of Social Sciences (CSS)

The College of Social Sciences is located in Honolulu on the campus of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa. CSS is comprised of 14 departments and programs: Anthropology, Communications, Economics, Ethnic Studies, Geography, Matsunaga Institute for Peace and Conflict Resolution, Political Science, Psychology, Public Administration, Public Policy, Social Sciences Research Institute, Sociology, Urban and Regional Planning, and Women's Studies and offers a doctoral degree in 8 of these programs.

As one of the larger units on campus, CSS has approximately 1,700 undergraduate, 500 graduate students and 150 faculty members. Over the last four years, CSS awarded more degrees (undergraduate and graduate combined) than any other unit on campus. CSS is also the academic lead of the Daniel K. Inouye Initiative for Democratic Leadership which is designed to inspire and advance public understanding of Hawaiʻi and U.S. political history, democracy and government, public service leadership, democratic ideals and global awareness. [13]

Social Science Research Institute (SSRI)


The Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) serves as the sponsored research division of the UH Mānoa College of Social Sciences. All contracts and grants awarded to faculty in the College of Social Sciences are administered by SSRI. SSRI also facilitates and supports interdisciplinary, applied research that addresses critical social, behavioral, environmental, and economic problems primarily in Hawaiʻi and the Asia Pacific region. This is done through collaboration with faculty and students throughout the University of Hawaiʻi and at other educational and research institutions, regional and international organizations, the private sector, and federal, state, and county agencies. It is supported largely by contracts and grants from public agencies and private organizations. SSRI provides practical experience to students at UH Mānoa through involvement in research, planning, and training projects. Institute staff provide county, state, and federal agencies and local community groups in Hawaiʻi with training and technical assistance. SSRI also works with instructional units to integrate their research efforts into courses offered at UH Mānoa.

Currently, SSRI projects focus on these areas of inquiry: telecommunication and information policy; crime, public safety, and social problems; economic analysis; resources and sustainable development; program evaluation; and health analytics and health policy. SSRI oversees the UH Economic Research Organization (UHERO) and jointly supports the Hui ʻĀina Momona program (HAM) with the Hawaiʻinuiākea School of Hawaiian Knowledge. The Telecommunications and Social Informatics Research Program (TASI)/Pacific Health Informatics Data Center (PHIDC), the Hawaiʻi Coral Reef Initiative Research Program (HCRI), Research and Evaluation in Public Safety (REPS), and the Office for Evaluation and Needs Assessment Services (OENAS), which provides needs assessment and research evaluation services, are also administered by SSRI. [14]


SSRI is housed on the 7th Floor of Saunders Hall on the UH Mānoa campus. The Institute maintains a full complement of PC and Macintosh computers and has direct access to the UH System's UNIX computer network and the World Wide Web. The Institute also supports a Video Conference Center and is tied to the Hawaiʻi Interactive Television system (HITS). SSRI is a hosting site for the Pan-Pacific Education and Communication Experiments by Satellite (PEACESAT), a public service satellite telecommunications network linking educational institutions, regional organizations, and governments in the Pacific Islands region. The Institute maintains some of the most extensive collections of materials on disaster mitigation, coastal zone management, and economic research in Hawaiʻi.

Staff and Extramural Funding

SSRI is staffed by twelve full-time FTE, which includes the director, associate director, assistant to the director, research services specialists, grant development specialist, fiscal administrators, and fiscal and administrative support specialists. The volume of research and training contracts and grants have been increasing steadily for the College of Social Sciences and averages between $14 to $16 million per year. [15]