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STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Education Funding

  • Mentoring Through Critical Transition Points in the Mathematical Sciences NSF’s MCTP program provides funds to develop a system of mentoring devoted to points of transition in a mathematical sciences career path that are critical for success, from undergraduate studies to the early years in a tenure track position. MCTP emphasizes department-wide activities aimed at specific stages in the education of trainees. While any transition point is worthy of exploration, proposals that address the undergraduate to graduate transition are encouraged. Such a proposal will require a plan for recruiting and retaining undergraduate majors in the mathematical sciences and involving more undergraduates in research activities and in a curriculum that will allow them to enter strong graduate programs in mathematics and science.
  • Research Training Groups in the Mathematical Sciences (RTG) NSF’s RTG program provides groups of researchers having related research goals in the mathematical sciences with funds to foster research-based training and education. The groups may include researchers and students from different departments and institutions, but the research-based training and education activities must be based in the mathematical sciences. The RTG projects are expected to vary in size, scope, and proposed activities and in their plans for organization, participation, and operation.
  • EHR Core Research (ECR) NSF’s EHR Core Research (ECR) program establishes a mechanism in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources to provide funding in foundational research areas that are broad, essential and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance.
  • Education and Interdisciplinary Research (EIR) Supports activities in conjunction with NSF-wide programs such as Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER), Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU), and programs aimed at women, minorities, and persons with disabilities. The program also supports activities that seek to improve the education and training of physics students (both undergraduate and graduate), such as curriculum development or physics education research directed towards upper-level or graduate physics courses.
  • American Educational Research Association AERA’s Education Research Service Projects (ERSP) program is designed to encourage education researchers to offer their pro bono expertise to educational organizations, institutions, or other community groups that have identified and expressed a need for such assistance. The ERSP program provides small grants ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 to defray direct costs involved in these projects.
  • Computing Education for the 21st Century NSF’s Computing Education for the 21st Century (CE21) program aims to build a robust computing research community, a computationally competent 21st century workforce, and a computationally empowered citizenry through providing all students with rigorous academic curricula that cover computational concepts and skills, and the breadth of application and potential of computing. Providing access to rigorous, academic computing in K-12 will require an unprecedented effort to develop curriculum and materials and to prepare teachers.
  • Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) The goal of the GSE program is to support efforts to understand and address gender-based differences in STEM education and workforce participation through research, the diffusion of research-based innovations, and extension services in education that will lead to a larger and more diverse domestic science and engineering workforce. Ultimately, the program hopes to advance efforts to support the participation of women and girls in STEM fields where they continue to be underrepresented, but also considers gender more broadly to include research and diffusion activities focused on men and boys who are underrepresented in STEM fields.
  • Boeing Community Grants In K-12 we strive to build capacity and align educational systems by focusing on the development of school leadership, teachers, programs and curricula that focus on advancing students’ capacity for lifelong learning and their overall educational outcomes, especially in subjects that can prepare them for STEM. For Early Learning we support systemic improvements in early care and education programs that will ensure the delivery of and access to quality early learning opportunities for children from birth to age five.
  • Lockheed Martin  Advancing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education is a critical focus for Lockheed Martin. We know firsthand the importance of educating our young people in these areas. Our future success — and our nation’s technological advantage — depend on a constant supply of highly trained, highly capable technical talent. Applications are accepted year-round. Evaluations are typically performed quarterly. Some grant applications may not be able to be considered until the next year's budget cycle, particularly those received in the second half of the year.
  • STEM Teacher Scholarships AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering at least 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school.  The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Booz Allen Hamilton, Terremark Worldwide, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters. 
  • USAF Summer Faculty Fellowship Program (USAF-SFFP) The SFFP offers fellowships to university faculty to conduct research at one of the Air Force research facilities in the summer.
  • Young Investigator Research Program (YIP) The Air Force YIP supports scientists and engineers who have received Ph.D. or equivalent degrees in the last five years and show exceptional ability and promise for conducting basic research.
  • IBM University Faculty AwardsThe IBM Faculty Awards is a competitive worldwide program intended to: Foster collaboration between researchers at leading universities worldwide and those in IBM research, development and services organizations. Promote courseware and curriculum innovation to stimulate growth in disciplines and geographies that are strategic to IBM.
  • ORAU/ORNL High performance Computing (HPC) Grant Program Each grant awarded to a faculty member provides potential funding of up to $75,000 ($25,000 per year for up to three years). The goals of the joint ORAU/ORNL HPC Grant Program include: Provide the opportunity for faculty to create or expand collaborative research with ORNL in scientific areas of discovery requiring HPC capabilities. Provide ORAU member institutions the opportunity to create a strategic partnership with ORNL through alignment of faculty proposals with ORNL’s science agenda. Enhance the development of the future workforce in scientific discovery through computing by providing real-world experiences for students
  • Ralph E. Powe Junior faculty Enhancement Awards The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Awards provide seed money for research by junior faculty at ORAU member institutions. These awards are intended to enrich the research and professional growth of young faculty and result in new funding opportunities.
  • Data-Intensive Research to Improve Teaching and Learning – An Ideas Lab to Foster Transformative Approaches to teaching and Learning The goal of this activity is to foster novel, transformative, multidisciplinary approaches that address the use of large data sets to create actionable knowledge for improving teaching and learning environments (formal and informal) in the medium term, and to revolutionize learning in the longer term. These approaches may be risky but should have the potential to rapidly advance the field. The Ideas Lab process entails participation in an intensive five-day residential workshop, the development of multidisciplinary collaborative proposals through a real-time and iterative review process, and, for the participant teams invited to submit full proposals, the subsequent submission of full, invited proposals.
  • Expeditions in Training, Research, and Education in Mathematics and Statistics through Quantitative Explorations of Data (EXTREEMS-QED) All EXTREEMS-QED proposals must include objectives and detailed plans for (1) Research, (2) Education and Training, and (3) Faculty Professional Development or Outreach. Projects may choose to place more emphasis on one (or more) of the components. Funded activities are expected to: Provide opportunities for undergraduate research and hands-on experiences centered on CDS&E; Result in significant changes to the undergraduate mathematics and statistics curriculum; Have broad institutional support and department-wide commitment that encourage collaborations within and across disciplines; Include professional development activities for faculty or for K-12 teachers; Where appropriate leverage and advance the use of existing cyberinfrastructure resources (e.g. data archives, networks) for data exploration.
  • Advanced Technological Education (ATE) **for partnership with Salt Lake Community College: The ATE program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy. The program involves partnerships between academic institutions and employers to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels. The ATE program supports curriculum development; professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers; career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions; and other activities. Another goal is articulation between two-year and four-year programs for K-12 prospective teachers that focus on technological education. The program also invites proposals focusing on research to advance the knowledge base related to technician education.
  • ORAU Opportunities for Academic Fellowships, Scholarships, Research Experiences, Sabbaticals, and Internships Looking for an opportunity to conduct cutting-edge research? Visit our online catalog for an extensive listing of research programs administered by ORAU and the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, including sabbaticals, research appointments, scholarships, fellowships, and more.
  • Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science The NSF RET program supports the active involvement of K-12 science, technology, engineering, computer and information science, and mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research in order to bring knowledge of engineering, computer science, and technological innovation into their classrooms. The goal is to help build long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 STEM teachers, community college faculty, and the NSF university research community by involving the teachers and community college faculty in engineering and computer science research and helping them translate their research experiences and new knowledge into classroom activities. RET supplements may be included in proposals for new or renewed NSF Directorate for Engineering (ENG) or CISE grants or as supplements to ongoing NSF ENG or CISE funded projects. RET in Engineering and Computer Science Sites are based on independent proposals from engineering or computer and information science departments, schools or colleges to initiate and conduct research participation projects for a number of K-12 STEM teachers and/or community college faculty.


Grant Life Cycle step 1: Generate Your Idea Step 2: Find Funding Step 3: Develop Your Proposal Step 4: Submit Your Proposal Step 5: Manage Your Award step 6: Share Your Research


Last Updated: 4/5/17