This FOA is for STEM education programs and activities, which is formal or informal education that is primarily focused on physical and natural sciences, technology, engineering, social sciences, and mathematics disciplines, topics, or issues (including environmental science education or stewardship). STEM education programs and activities that could be supported by this FOA include one or more of the following as the primary objective:
Develop learners’ knowledge, skill, or interest in STEM.
Attract students to pursue certifications, licenses, or degrees (two-year degrees through post-doctoral degrees) or careers in STEM fields.
Provide growth and research opportunities for post-secondary, college and graduate students in STEM fields, such as working with researchers or conducting research that is primarily intended to further education.
Improve mentor/educator (K-12 pre-service or in-service, post-secondary, and informal) quality in STEM areas.
Improve or expand the capacity of institutions to promote or foster STEM fields.
This FOA will not consider applications for research, with the exception of those whose primary purpose is intended to further education (as described in third bullet above) and that are not expected to generate intellectual property.