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Awards & Grants

Below is a listing of awards and grants offered by organizations other than CSTA. Click here to view CSTA’s award and grant opportunities.

TEACHERS: Opportunities for you and your class can also be found on our Student Programs page: res_studentprograms.asp.

WHALE TAIL® grants program

The WHALE TAIL® grants program supports marine science education and projects encouraging people to value and take action to improve the health of California’s marine and coastal environments. This year there is a special subcategory for projects addressing climate change and/or ocean acidification. Emphasis is on reaching underserved students or members of the general public. Nonprofits, schools, and government agencies may apply. Applications mailed to the California Coastal Commission must be postmarked by November 1st. Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding will be allocated in small grants below $10,000. For an application packet and guidelines visit http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html.

Amgen Scholarships Available for Science Teachers Pursuing National Board Certification

Amgen scholarships are available for science teachers pursuing National Board Certification, the most prestigious credential in the teaching profession. The Amgen Foundation is committing $1.5 million over three years to support science teachers in schools across the country who choose to obtain National Board Certification. Scholarships will be given on a first-come, first-served basis to teachers in select communities. First priority will be given to science teachers teaching ages 11-18. If funding remains available, scholarships will also be awarded to elementary teachers teaching students ages 3-12 who are responsible for science instruction. Teachers from the following California couties may apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma, and Ventura. To apply visit: http://nbpts.org/scholarships.

Toshiba American Foundation

The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Toshiba America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own schools. Grade K-5 applications are accepted once a year on October 1. Grade 6-12 applications for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. Grant requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year. Applications for grade 6-12 grants of more than $5,000 are due February 1 and August 1 each year. For information about applying for a Toshiba grant, visit www.taf.toshiba.com.

California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity

The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announces the availability of funding for the California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program. This grant opportunity is a competitively based program that supports existing environmental education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and encourages the development of partnerships among environmental education programs throughout the San Francisco Bay, Monterey Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Projects support organizations that provide students "meaningful" watershed educational experiences and teachers professional development opportunities in the area of environmental education. For more information and to view the funding announcement, please visit the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/news/bwet.

Allen Foundation

The Allen Foundation supports educational nutrition programs, with priority given to training programs for children and young adults to improve their health and development.
Maximum Award: Past grants have ranged from $2,000 to $1 million. Eligibility: Schools and school districts should partner with local nonprofits to form nutrition education programs. Deadline: Ongoing.
http://www.allenfoundation.org/

Spirit of Innovation Awards

The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards program gives high school students an opportunity to design commercially viable innovative products using science and technology that address real world challenges. Teams are composed of students, 13 to 18 years of age. Teams compete in three categories: Aerospace Exploration, Renewable Energy, and Cyber Security. Finalists in each category will attend the "Innovation Summit" hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicone Valley, CA. The finalists will have the opportunity to present, discuss and receive guidance from industry professionals on the viability of their products. The winners will be chosen during the summit and awarded seed money and other support to manufacture their product. To register, go to http://www.conradawards.org.
Application period: September—January.

Mars Education Challenge

The Mars Education Challenge calls on high school science educators to develop new and innovative curriculum support materials that focus on Mars science and exploration. Developed in collaboration with NSTA and the Planetary Society, the Challenge will recognize six winning entries with five regional awards and one national award. Regional winners will receive $2,500 grants, and the national winner will receive a $5,000 grant. Additionally, all of the winners will have an opportunity to do field research with well-known planetary scientists. More information, including entry details, curriculum support materials requirements, and prizing information for the Mars Education Challenge can be found at www.exploremars.org.
Submission Period: September—January.

Knowles Science Teaching Foundation Fellowships

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation established its Teaching Fellowship Program to support beginning teachers of high school math and science and is one of the most generous and comprehensive teaching fellowships in the nation, providing tuition assistance, monthly stipends, support for professional development, and classroom materials. Visit the website: http://www.kstf.org/ for more information.
Application period: September—January.

Society for Science and the Public—Fellows Program

SSP, with generous support from Intel, is pleased to announce the second year of its Fellows Program. The SSP Fellows provides funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific research. More information and application can be found at: http://www.societyforscience.org/outreach.
Applications period: November—January.

National Lab Day

National Lab Day is more than just a day. It's a nationwide initiative to build local communities of support that will foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and educators. Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers, other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the community are working together with educators and students to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system will help them get the resources needed to bring that project to fruition. For more information or to submit a project visit http://www.nationallabday.org/.

NSTA Awards:

http://www.nsta.org/about/awards.aspx