Funding Opportunities

Please see information below about upcoming NSF and USDA-NIFA funding opportunities for programs focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH) education.

USDA-NIFA Secondary Education, Two-Year Postsecondary Education, and Agriculture in the K-12 Classroom Challenge Grants Program (SPECA)

Submission Deadline: Thursday, February 6, 2020

Supports projects that will: (a) promote and strengthen secondary education and two-year postsecondary education in the food, agriculture, natural resources and human (FANH) sciences in order to help ensure the existence of a workforce in the United States that’s qualified to serve the FANH sciences system; and (b) promote complementary and synergistic linkages among secondary, two-year postsecondary, and higher education programs in the FANH sciences in order to advance excellence in education and encourage more young Americans to pursue and complete a baccalaureate or higher degree in the FANH sciences.

21st Century Community Learning Centers Watershed STEM Education (NOAA, USDOE, NAAEE)

Submission Deadline: February 6, 2020

Support projects that work with 21st Century Community Learning Centers to deliver authentic STEM experiences use the NOAA Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) program’s Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences (MWEE) model.  Focus on informal/non-formal learning environments and local watersheds. 

NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into the Earth, Ocean, Polar and Atmospheric & Geospace Sciences (IUSE:GEOPAths)

Submission Deadline: February 14, 2020 (Letter of Intent due December 20, 2019)

Supports projects that address the current needs and opportunities related to education within the geosciences community through the formation of STEM Learning Ecosystems that engage students in the study of the Earth, its oceans, polar regions and atmosphere.  Primary goal is to increase the number of students pursuing undergraduate and/or postgraduate degrees through the design and testing of novel approaches that engage students in authentic, career-relevant experiences in geoscience. In order to broaden participation in the geosciences, engaging students from historically excluded groups or from non-geoscience degree programs is a priority.

USDA-NIFA Higher Education Challenge (HEC) Grants Program

Submission Deadline: Monday, March 23, 2020

Supports projects that will address a postsecondary (undergraduate and masters-level) needs in food, agriculture, natural resources, and human sciences (FANH).  Focus on enhancing educational programming and increasing number and diversity of students in FANH degree programs. 

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

Submission Deadline: March 25, 2020

The program seeks to 1) increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in S-STEM eligible disciplines and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM; 2) improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need; and 3) generate knowledge to advance understanding of how  interventions or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect  the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation of low-income students in STEM.

NSF INCLUDES Planning Grants

Submission Deadline: July 13, 2020

Supports projects that build capacity for the development of collaborative infrastructure to: (a) facilitate innovative partnerships, networks, and theories of action for broadening participation in STEM at scale and (b) lead to the establishment of future centers, alliances, or other large-scale networks to address a broadening participation challenge.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

Submission Deadline: August 4, 2020

Supports novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students. 8/4 deadline for Engaged Student Learning (Level 1) and Institutional and Community Transformation (Capacity-Building and Level 1) tracks.

Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) NSF Wide Programs

Submission Deadline: August 26, 2020

The REU program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.  Proposals can be submitted as stand-alone projects or supplements to existing NSF-funded projects.