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Society for Science & the Public: STEM Grant Applications
Action Grants and Research Grants 

  • STEM Action Grant Spring Application Deadline: NOW CLOSED (except for Stage 2 applicants)
  • STEM Research Grant Spring Application Deadline: Monday, May 8, 2017
Please read below for more information about these two grants opportunities, offered to innovative organizations and science research teachers.

STEM Action Grant Program
The Society aims to fund innovative organizations that support community based STEM projects, and whose work supports our mission. The Society’s prestigious middle and high school STEM competitions, and the award-winning journalism produced by our Science News media group, have lead countless individuals toward STEM fields over the past 75 years.  
The Society is interested in supporting organizations that:
  • are mission-driven and whose goals align with the Society’s
  • advocate for the general public’s increased understanding of STEM fields with the goal of producing a science literate society
  • aim to spark life-long interest in and appreciation for STEM fields through unique programming, increased accessibility and exposure to science
  • aim to increase participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields
Applications are accepted in two stages. Stage 1, due May 1st, requires a very short overview of the applicant organization. For organizations then invited to submit a Stage 2 application, additional information is due May 15th.

STEM Research Grant Program
The Society aims to support school-based science research programs, by providing one-time grants to teachers who are leading students in authentic research projects.  
Eligibility for these grants is limited. If you did not receive an email communication inviting you to apply, please do not open an account. Please email if you have questions.

Grants may be put towards:
  • Equipment or other experimental materials needed to complete student research projects
  • Travel or other expenses necessary to allow students to complete the research itself
Preference will be given to:
  • Schools or teachers supporting multiple students in research
  • Schools or teachers who are supporting low income students or students of underrepresented ethnicity (African American, Latino, or Native American)
  • Programs showing a plan for sustainability beyond this year (schools awarded grants must wait at least 3 years before reapplying)
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and funds will be awarded three times per year.

The Society will award grants of up to $5,000 for both the Action and the Research Grant programs.