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 California Coastal Commission provides funding for projects
encouraging people to value and take action to improve the
health of California’s marine and coastal environments. Educational
projects improving the quality of beaches or coastal or marine
habitats are also eligible. There is also a special subcategory
for educational projects about climate change and/or ocean
acidification. Emphasis is on reaching underserved students
or members of the public. Applications are accepted
once a year with a postmark deadline of November 1.
Applicants may request up to $50,000, and 25-50% of the funding
will be allocated in small grants below $10,000. For
full guidelines and an application (available after Labor
Day of each year), see http://www.coastal.ca.gov/publiced/plate/plgrant.html
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
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.
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
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
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:
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