An Update on Federal Grant Funding for STEM Education

We encourage you to share this information about a number of competitive grant opportunities for various education partnerships to expand K-12 STEM education.
Capitol Hill SWE’s Advocacy Contributes to Increase in STEM Education Funding

When President Donald Trump came to Washington, DC last year, it was clear that STEM education was important to his Administration.  Ivanka Trump was talking about the importance of expanding STEM opportunities for girls and her own endeavors to learn coding with her daughters. SWE met with some of the new staff in the White House to talk about Invent It. Build It. and the efforts of the STEM RE-entry Task Force program, and staff were interested and eager to hear more.  Building on that interest and meetings with STEM education interests, last year, President Donald Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum affirming the Administration’s commitment to federal investments in STEM and computer science education. The memorandum directed the Department of Education (ED) to strive to invest at least $200 million “per year to the promotion of high‑quality STEM education, including Computer Science in particular.” Nothing moves very fast in federal policy, of course, so after the Department developed a list of 11 priorities for grantmaking (STEM is number 6), and Congress finally approved its budget in March, ED started striving for the stated goal.  In recent weeks and months, ED has announced a number of competitive grant opportunities for various education partnerships to expand K-12 STEM and computer science offerings.  As local SWE members work to expand diversity and inclusion for STEM across the country, we encourage you to share this information with state and local schools and organizations. Note that these programs are not new, although the emphasis on STEM is.  Some of these opportunities are in the midst of the grant application process. Others are closed and ED is reviewing applications.  And, there could be more coming.  Regardless, these opportunities that are important to SWE and STEM education advocates nationwide.  SWE hopes that the $200 million is surpassed for FY 2018 and each year thereafter.

  1. Pathways to STEM Apprenticeship for High School Career and Technical Education Students
    1. Deadline: Notice of Intent due June 18, 2018
    2. Funding: Estimated at $600,000 per award over 3 years
  2. Teacher Quality Partnership Grant Program
    1. Deadline: Notice of Intent due June 11, 2018
    2. Funding: Estimated at $750,000 in the first year and subject to availability thereafter for up to 5 years
    3. Other: See competitive preference priority #1 for STEM aspects
  3. Education Innovation and Research Program-Early Phase, Mid Phase, and Expansion Grants
    1. Deadline: Notice of Intent due May 9, 2018 (applications due in June 5)
    2. Funding : Estimated at up to $4 million, $8 million, $15 million per award (respectively) over 5 years
  4. Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program
    1. Deadline: Applications due May 18, 2018
    2. Funding: Estimated at $500,000 per award over 3 years
    3. Other: See competitive preference priority #1 for STEM aspects
  5. Supporting Effective Educator Development Program
    1. Deadline: Notice of Intent due April 5, 2018
    2. Funding: Estimated at $3.5 million per project year for up to 3-5 years