STEM Action & Research Grants | Society for Science & the Public

STEM Action & Research Grants

Providing small grants to innovative nonprofit organizations led by social entrepreneurs and to teachers leading students in scientific research to expand STEM experiences and student research opportunities for young people.


These two grant opportunities are offered to innovative organizations and science research teachers. The Society awards grants of up to $5,000 for both the Action and the Research Grant programs.

Any eligible nonprofit organization may apply for the STEM Action Grant program; the STEM Research Grant application is by invitation. Eligibility for STEM Research Grants is limited and changes each award period. Those eligible will be notified via email. Read more below for information on how you could possibly become eligible in the future.


STEM Research Grant Program

The STEM Research Grant Application is now open for any full-time teachers who have had a student enter an ISEF-affiliated fair in the last 3 years! If you are uncertain if your fair is ISEF affiliated, please use this link to find your local fair.

If your school has received this grant in the last 3 years, you are not eligible to reapply (except starter grant recipients of $1,000 from 2019).


Grants may be put towards:

  • Equipment or other experimental materials needed to complete research projects
  • Travel or other expenses necessary to bring students to locations where they can complete their research

Preference will be given to:

  • Schools or teachers supporting multiple students in research
  • Schools or teachers who are supporting low income students or students of underrepresented ethnicity (African American, Latino, or Native American)
  • Programs showing a plan for sustainability past this year (schools may apply once every 3 years)

February 2019: The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of STEM Research Grants for the Spring 2019 award period:

The 2019 recipients represent 23 states. The following teachers received STEM Research Grants to fund equipment and other programming:

  • Maria Agapito, Bard High School Early College - Newark Campus (Newark, NJ) - $1,000
  • Rocheli Apilan, High School for Health Professions and Human Services (New York, NY) - $5,000
  • Suzanne Banas, South Miami Middle School (Miami, FL) - $3,000
  • William Bartenslager, Palm Beach Central High School (Wellington, FL) - $4,000
  • Lu Bitter, Pratt High School USD 382 (Pratt, KS) - $5,000
  • Dennis Boxrud, Hinckley Finlayson Public Schools (Hinckley, MN) - $5,000
  • Sean Brady, Eleanor Roosevelt High School (Greenbelt, MD) - $4,000
  • Cheyenne Branscum, Shawnee Middle School (Shawnee, OK) - $3,000
  • Molly Carlson, Mauston High School (Mauston, WI) - $1,000
  • Gabrielle Ciarcia, EL Haynes PCS (Washington, DC) - $5,000
  • Carrie Cox, Chamberlain High School Science (Chamberlain, SD) - $4,000
  • ScottiAnn Benton, Jasper County Middle School (Monticello, GA) - $3,000
  • Cathy Farrar, Marquette High School (Chesterfield, MO) - $3,000
  • Yolanda Flores, Navajo Preparatory School (Farmington, NM) - $3,000
  • Patricia Griest, Seneca Valley High School (Harmony, PA) - $3,000
  • Stephanie Harris, Washington Technology Magnet School (Saint Paul, MN) - $4,000
  • Kevin Johnson, Kauai High School (Lihue, HI) - $5,000
  • Jeremy Jonas, Tucson High Magnet School (Tucson, AZ) - $5,000
  • Dave Jones, Big Sky High School (Missoula, MT) - $5,000
  • Ed Lewis, Moberly High School (Moberly, MO) - $1,000
  • David Lockett, Edward W. Bok Academy (Lake Wales, FL) - $5,000
  • Samuel Loftus, New Orleans Charter Science and Mathematics High School (New Orleans, LA) - $5,000
  • Priscilla Lumbreras, Granbury High School (Granbury, TX) - $4,000
  • Reny Mathew, Greyhills Academy High School (Tuba City, AZ) - $3,000
  • Amy Melby, Yuma High School (Yuma, CO) - $4,000
  • Rachna Nath, ACP Erie (Chandler, AZ) - $3,000
  • Jennifer Pefanis, Sanford H. Calhoun High School (Merrick, NY) - $1,000
  • Elizabeth Proctor, Jasper County High School (Monticello, GA) - $3,000
  • Julia Riley, Hayfield Secondary School (Alexandria, VA) - $5,000
  • John Weisenfeld, Pasco High School (Pasco, WA) - $1,000
  • Todd Spangler, Whitefish High School (Whitefish, MT) - $3,000
  • Iquo-Ote Spence, Hallandale Magnet High School (Hallandale Beach, FL) - $1,000
  • Gregg Stickler, Rising Sun High (North East, MD) - $3,000
  • Paul Timm, Lyons-Decatur Northeast Public Schools (Lyons, NE) - $4,000
  • Virginia Vilardi, Wetumpka High School (Wetumpka, AL) - $3,000

Congratulations to these teachers and the students they support in independent science research projects!

View previous grant recipients.

The STEM Research Grant Program is supported, in part, through funding provided by Regeneron.

From the Society's blog: LA teachers gain support for science research programs.


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STEM Action Grant Program

The Society aims to fund innovative 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 lead countless individuals toward STEM fields over the past 75 years.

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

The Society is proud to support the following organizations in 2019:

The application will open again in Spring 2020.

View previous grant recipients.

From the Society's blog: 


STEM Action Grant Application Email Notification

Please provide the following information so we can notify you via email when the next application for the STEM Action Grants opens.  

(This will NOT notify you about STEM Research Grants, for which eligible groups will receive an email from the Society during their eligible award period.)  

STEM Action Grants are for innovative, non-profit community organizations with unique STEM Initiatives.  By signing up here, you will receive an email when Phase 1 of the application is open.

STEM Action Grant questions: Allie Stifel,
STEM Research Grant questions: Caitlin Sullivan,