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STEM Education Programming Grant

Grants to Connecticut Faculty at IHEs for
Collaborative STEM-Related Programs

Agency Type:

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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 $2,000 to Connecticut faculty at IHEs for collaborative programs that promote STEM education. Funding is intended to support initiatives that introduce students to a range of topics within STEM fields. Collaborations may take place with high schools, colleges, science centers, museums, and businesses. The proposal must demonstrate a link between the proposal work and one of NASA’s Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology.

Award Details – STEM Education Programming:

  • Successful applicants will show a plan to undertake and complete programming related to the STEM Education field. Funding may be used to support one-time or repeated initiatives that collaborate with other educational, industrial or institutional partners (i.e., high schools, science centers, museums, colleges, businesses) to educate and increase exposure of students to an aspect of STEM education (e.g., careers, fields of study, research, history, emerging technologies). Examples include (but are not limited to) funding to bring a speaker to a high school, develop a program at a museum, hold a science and technology fair, or host a symposium. Applicants must show a plan for implementation, documentation of support of other partners, and methodology for assessment of programmatic outcomes. 

Eligible Budget Items:

  • The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials. Funds may not be used for travel, equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, or indirect costs. Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount. 

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 198486

Number of Grants:

Anticipated Number of Awards: 3

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $2,000

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.

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. Reminder: Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio. For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to show $20,000 with a $10,000 match and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium.

Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases. The definition for equipment is an article of tangible nonexpendable personal property that has a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit. General-purpose equipment needs to be approved by the NASA Grant Officer. Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies. NASA CTSGC funds may not be used to purchase computers or tablets.

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.

Preparation of Proposals: If you are considering applying for a NASA CTSGC funding, you should contact your Campus Director as far in advance as possible to review the application process, and the steps that should be followed for a successful application submission.

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.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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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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