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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 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.