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STEM Education Research Grant

Grants to Connecticut IHE Faculty Members for
Research Addressing Education in STEM Fields

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Funding Source:

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NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium (CTSGC)

Deadline Date:

10/15/21 11:59 PM


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Grants of up to $4,000 to Connecticut IHE faculty members for research addressing education in STEM fields. Funding is intended to support a wide range of research projects, including those addressing K-12 education, educational outreach, and social and psychological influences on STEM education (e.g., gender disparities, educational access, career trajectories.

Award Details – STEM Education Research: Successful applicants will show a plan to carry out research in the STEM Education field. This research may include but is not limited to: K-12 Curriculum Development, K-12 or Higher Education STEM Outcomes, STEM Education Outreach Programs, or Social/Psychological Influences on STEM Education (e.g., gender disparities, educational access, career trajectories). 

The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials. Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198485

Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 7

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $4,000

Term of Contract:

Awards may be for a single semester, full academic year, and/or summer-time periods, up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions are eligible to apply. Full-time staff and associates are also eligible to apply. Collaboration with K-12 or other informal education partners is appropriate; however, the PI must be an eligible faculty/staff member of an academic affiliate institution.

Preference will be given to applicants who 1) are non-tenured and/or early career, 2) who use these funds as seed money, 3) who collaborate with other Consortium members (within CT), and 4) whose research involves/supports students.

Prior Award Recipients: Applications will not be accepted from applicants who received a Faculty Research Grant, or a STEM Education Research Grant from NASA CTSGC during the prior academic year. Please note, NASA CTSGC defines an academic year as beginning on or about September 1st and ending on or about August 31st.

Funds may not be used for travel, equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, or indirect costs. No indirect costs may be charged to the NASA Grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions. To avoid duplication with other Consortium Grant programs, travel may not be charged to a STEM Education Research Grant or STEM Education Programming Grant.

Pre-Application Information:

- Application Due Date: Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59 PM
- Awards Announced: Wednesday, December 8, 2021

Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 Non-Federal cost match ratio within their budgets. For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to show $20,000 with a $10,000 match (funds not supplied by the federal government) and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium. Evidence of your institution’s agreement to this match should be included within your proposal. Please be sure to contact the appropriate grants office within your institution before submitting your proposal; institutional office approval is required on your application.

Review of Proposals: The proposal review committee is composed of NASA CTSGC academic Campus Directors. Reviews are performed after the submission of proposals. The reviewers may request additional information if needed. The request will be made through the NASA CTSGC Office. Decisions are anticipated within six weeks of the submission of proposals. Reviewers will evaluate proposals using the rubrics shown under each grant type.

Funds Distribution: Funds will be available upon successful completion of a sub-award to the master agreement between the grant awardee’s institution and the University of Hartford, and then will be paid to the grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants. Final payment will be made upon submission and approval of all post-award reporting. Details will be conveyed within the award agreement.

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Contact Points: Each Consortium Member institution has a Campus Director. Questions should be directed to that person. See

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