Briefing on Upcoming Education-Oriented Grant Opportunities


November 29, 2023

This briefing provides a synopsis of education grant opportunities that will be due within the next 6 – 8 months, which is within the ideal timeframe for completing a grant application. If you are interested in any of the funding opportunities, we encourage you to fully review the program's solicitation. Finally, if you have questions about the program and the related evaluation please contact us.

Expanding AI Innovation through Capacity Building and Partnerships (ExpandAI)

Funder: National Science Foundation

Program Purpose: The ExpandAI program is a collaboration between the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, Science & Technology Directorate, The National Institute of Food and Agriculture, The National Institute of Standards and Technology, the Department of Defense and the Office of the Under Secretary of Defence for Research and Engineering to “significant diversify participation in AI research, education, and workforce development through capacity development and partnerships within the National AI Research Institutes ecosystem.”

Program Evaluation Requirements: All proposals are required to include an evaluation plan for measuring the growth and mutual benefit of activities in all projects.

Due Dates: Upcoming submission windows include January 8, 2024 – March 11, 2024, March 12, 2024 – June 24, 2024, and June 25, 2024 – October 18, 2024. Institutions may submit a concept outline at any time and must receive an official invitation to submit a full proposal.

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Computer Science for All (CSforAll: Research and RPP’s)

Funder: National Science Foundation

Program Purpose: The purpose of this program is to support both researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPS), and "research with the goal of building knowledge from research and development to support efforts that aim to provide opportunities for all students to participate in CS and CT formal STEM learning at the pre-k, elementary, middle, and high school grade levels." Four "strands" (High School, Prek-8, preK-12 or preK-14 Pathways, and Research Strands) will be funded. Research proposals should also list the size class (Small, Medium, or Large), which will impact the dollar amount awarded.

Program Evaluation Requirements: Medium and Large RPP strand research proposals are required to include evaluation plans, and all projects must have "external, critical reviews of their designs and activities," which can come through an external review panel advisory board or a third-party evaluator.

Due Date: Proposals are due on February 14, 2023.

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Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM)

Funder: National Science Foundation

Program Purpose: The purpose of the S-STEM program is “to increase the success of domestic low-income students with academic ability, talent, or potential and demonstrated financial need who are pursuing associate, baccalaureate, or graduate degrees in eligible disciplines of strategic importance for the Nation.” Institutions have the option of applying for the program through four different tracks, including: Institutional Capacity Building (Track 1), Implementation: Single Institution (Type 2), Inter-institutional Consortia (Track 3), or Collaborative Planning Grants to Develop an Inter-institutional Consortium.

Program Evaluation Requirements: All S-STEM proposals (except for Collaborative Planning grants) require a rigorous, clear, and specific external evaluation. Evaluations must be executed by an evaluator that is external to the project. The evaluator may be employed by the project’s home institution, as long as he or she works in a separate organizational unit that has a different reporting line than that of the project’s home unit.

Due Date: Track 2, Track 3 and Collaborative Planning S-STEM proposals are due February 20, 2024, and Track 1 grants are due May 28, 2024.

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Workplace Equity for Persons with Disabilities in STEM and STEM Education

Funder: National Science Foundation

Program Purpose: The purpose of this program is to “support fundamental, applied, and translational research that advances knowledge about diverse, equitable, inclusive and accessible STEM and STEM education workplaces and postsecondary training environments for persons with disabilities.” In supporting this research, NSF hopes to “increase the undergraduate and graduate STEM and STEM education degree completion rates of postsecondary students with disabilities, as well as the employment of persons with disabilities in STEM and STEM education workplaces.”

Program Evaluation Requirements: Proposals should include plans to assess the success of project activities, a rationale for the proposal evaluation mechanism(s), and a description of how assessment activities will be implemented and used to inform the continuous improvement of the project.

Due Date: Proposals are due on September 17, 2024

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