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. Two application periods are offered each year, in spring and early fall.

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.

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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 2018:

View previous grant recipients.

From the Society's blog: Coding with purpose: STEM Action Grant helps inspire more girls in STEM.

STEM Research Grant Program

The Society aims to support school-based science research programs by providing one-time grants to teachers who are leading students in authentic research projects. Eligibility for STEM Research Grants is typically dependent upon prior involvement or expressed interest in the Society’s programs. Here are ways you can get involved:

  • Advocate Grant Program: Apply for a $3,000 grant to mentor your underserved students in entering their research into science research competitions. No prior involvement with the Society is required.
  • Research Teachers Conference: Sign up for the lottery to be selected to attend this all-expenses-paid conference in Washington, D.C. All levels of experience welcome.
  • Science News in High Schools: Express interest in your school being sponsored to receive free Science News and Educator Guides.

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)

November 29, 2017: The Society is pleased to announce the recipients of STEM Research Grants for the Fall 2017 award period:

  • Mary Fish - Spanish River High School , Boca Raton, FL
  • Brian  Monson - Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts, Hot Springs, AR
  • Jennifer Roden - Von Steuben Metro Science Center, Chicago, IL
  • Dean Saghafi - Lincoln High School, Yonkers , NY
  • Jeffery  Wehr - Odessa High School, Odessa, WA
  • Michele Zielinski - Sleepy Hollow High School, Tarrytown, NY

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

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



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,