Grants and other Funding Ideas for Your STEM Education Program to help you Teach STEM Now
You CAN get your STEM program funded. Take the time to apply for a handful of grants, both from government agencies as well as corporate grants. You may have a grant writer in your district or community who is experienced in this area. Perhaps you are the sole grant writer. Either way, your expertise on exactly what your program hopes to accomplish, and an accurate description of measurable goals for your students achievement is essential for a successful application. In addition, many agencies are keenly interested in community outreach plans and if your program is sustainable once the grant funding runs out. Some grants require matching funds from the school district, so beware of any and all eligibility requirements.
Once you start getting a grant or two, the application process becomes more streamlined as you learn what to expect and what information is valuable, while throwing out fluff. Applications often ask what other grants you have obtained, so getting one can lead to success in obtaining additional grants down the road.
ONR STEM Grant
The Office of Naval Research has grant money available for projects that are designed to develop and maintain a sustainable STEM workforce. Since this is something that many districts should be working toward, a quality proposal with good metrics might have a good shot at getting funded.
NOAA Environmental Literacy Grants
The purpose of this grant is to allow K12 educators to gather data to teach about climate change. This is a large grant and is more institutional in nature rather than for a typical classroom teacher, but a collaborative effort between teacher and an academic institution or aquarium facility might open it up. More information here.
IEEE.Org Design Project Grants Available Now
The IEEE is offering up to $500 for design projects that contain an industry standards component. It is intended to help defer expenses for students who are working on a graduate or upper classman capstone project . The next round of applications is due on January 30.
Next Generation Learning Grant Focuses on College Completion
While college enrollment has increased over the years, getting students to complete their degree remains a significant challenge. Proposals are currently being solicited for teams with innovative solutions for affordable college programs leading to associates or bachelor’s degrees. Initial applications will be accepted until June 8 2012. Visit NextGen Learning site for more information.
Due November 2 2012
The NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries is now seeking proposals under the Great Lakes Bay-Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. This program supports current environmental education programs, and is designed to foster new programs and partnerships. The goal is to provide students with meaningful environmental education experiences, as well as teachers with professional development related to environmental education is the Great Lakes area.
The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics offers up to $200 per request for K-12 teachers to use for implementing STEM lessons in their science or math classroom. Grant proposals should consider the following criteria for approval:
*Ties to the AIAA mission
*Ties to national or local standards
*Includes a detailed a lesson plan of what you plan to do with the funds
*Impacts at least 25 students or more
Schools are eligible for up to two grants per calendar year. Proposals are considered during April and June. The proposal form can be downloaded here.
Discovery Research K-12 program (DRK-12)
This grant from the National Science Foundation is seeking innovative ways to address the many issues in STEM education. The solicitation is on a wide range of topics, and is open to all K-12 educators. It is research-based, and dissemination of research results is expected. The focus is on 1) Assessment; 2) Learning; 3) Teaching; and 4) Scale-up according to the web site. Many STEM educators already use a variety of creative techniques in their classroom to engage and assess students and this grant may be a way to expand what you are already doing, or give you a jump start on what you would like to be doing.
Letter of Intent Deadline Date: October 4, 2012
Full Proposal Deadline Date: December 6, 2012
STEM4ME Grant Available for Maine STEM Teachers
Up to five $5000 grants will be awarded to Maine Public School teachers with the objective of creating real-world solutions to problems in areas such as renewable energy, ecology, robotics and sustainable food production. The applicants should be a STEM experienced educator serving in the role of project manager. Preference will be given to projects that involve collaboration with links to Maine businesses and links to Maine colleges and Universities. Deadline for a letter of interest in no later than April 30, 2012, and the grant application window is from May 1 to July 31, 2012. Click here for more information.
Los Alamos National Laboratory
Idaho National Laboratory
Tennessee Higher Education Commission Race to the Top Grant