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Society for Science & the Public: STEM Grant Applications

Please read below for more information about these two grant opportunities, offered to innovative organizations and science research teachers. The Society will award grants of up to $5,000 for both the Action and the Research Grant programs.

STEM Action Grant Program (applications are currently closed for this grant)
The Society aims to fund innovative non-profit 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 led countless individuals toward STEM fields since 1921.  
 
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 lifelong 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
Find more information about eligibility criteria for the STEM Action Grant here.

STEM Research Grant Program - (applications are currently closed for this grant)
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 (see below). Please email sciedu@societyforscience.org 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
Eligibility is limited to:
  • Full-time teachers who have directly mentored students in entering one of the domestic ISEF-affiliated science fairs in the last three years. To find out if the fair your students entered is an ISEF-affilliated fair, check here.
  • Teachers at schools that are composed of at least 25% low income students or 25% students of underrepresented ethnicity in STEM (African American, Latino, Native Alaskan/American/Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander (Melanesian, Micronesian, or Polynesian), according to NCES data.
  • Schools that have not received this grant in the past three years.
Preference will be given to schools that:
  • Support the largest number or percentage of underserved students.
  • Demonstrate long-term use of equipment and show a plan for sustainability beyond the current school year.
  • Demonstrate an effort to broaden the reach of their grants by partnering with other schools or sharing their research with younger students.