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STEM Education Funding: Resources and Opportunities

by Timothy Tiernan on January 9, 2014
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college-student-in-classroom.jpgAre you a grant administrator tasked with finding and managing grants for your research institution, college, school, or school district? If so, check out these STEM resources and upcoming grant opportunities. If not, be sure to share this post with those in the field!

STEM Funding and the U.S. Department of Education

Recall that in the FY2014 budget, the U.S. Department of Education stated that it would consolidate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs: "The reorganization involves consolidating or restructuring 114 STEM education programs across 13 agencies and improving the delivery, impact, and visibility of STEM efforts." The intent has been to "cut back lower-priority programs to make room for targeted increases" in four core program areas: K-12 instruction, undergraduate education, graduate fellowships, and education activities that typically take place outside the classroom.

Upcoming STEM Grant Opportunities

Outside the Department of Education, here are additional sources for STEM funding:

The National Science Foundation

The National Science Foundation provides funding for science education and research. Browse their Funding Opportunities A-Z for available grants and other resources. Here are two programs that are especially relevant to teachers:

  • Advancing Informal Stem Learning - this program takes an evidence-based approach for innovative ways of creating STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments. The solicitation is being revised and proposal and due date are expected in Summer of 2017. The submission deadline is projected to be in Fall 2017.
  •  Computer Science for All. This program seeks to develop the partnerships necessary to provide all U.S. K-12 students with computer education and computational thinking. It strives to provide teachers with materials, professional development and ongoing support they need to integrate computer science into their classrooms. In 2017, proposals were due on February 28.
AAUW Community Action Grants

The American Association of University Women's Community Action Grants. The AAUW is offering Community Action Grants to individuals, AAUW branches, AAUW state organizations, and community-based nonprofit organizations that propose programs promoting education and equity for women and girls.

  • One-year grants will provide seed money for new projects whose topics include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.
  • Two-year grants will provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls' sense of efficacy through leadership or advocacy opportunities. Special consideration will be given to projects focused on K-12 and community college girls' and women's achievements in STEM. The due date for 2017 was January 15.

Further Resources

Here is our most recent post on STEM grants with more foundations that offer STEM resources:

http://blog.ecivis.com/stem-grants-for-schools

 

Editors Note: This article was updated on 6/30/2017 to reflect current changes in programs and the most recent deadlines.

Topics: Federal Grants, Education

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