Funding Opportunity: Building the Next Generation of STEMM Leaders in the Field of Environmental Justice

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February 27th, 2024, 11:00 pm - May 8th, 2024, 10:59 pm CDT

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program (GRP) aims to increase the scientific and environmental literacy and problem-solving skills of youth in the Gulf of Mexico region. This funding opportunity will support the next generation of STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) leaders in the field of environmental justice (EJ) who will be needed to confront the complex challenges to human health and the environment in the 21st century.

Specifically, the GRP is seeking proposals that provide youth with opportunities to learn about and apply STEMM in the exploration and examination of environmental hazards and their effects on the health and resilience of communities in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico region. The GRP will accept proposals from nonprofits and community-based organizations with 501(c)(3) status, which provide environmental justice programs for youth in grades 9-12. In order to best serve the youth of the region, the GRP aims to limit the overhead charges on educational grants. As such, overhead charges for this grant opportunity cannot exceed a total of 20%. This limit also applies to subawardee budgets. 

A total of $4M is available for this funding opportunity, with the number of proposals being funded dependent on the quality and quantity of applications. Applicants must request at least $75,000 for projects, commensurate with the scope of work, that are up to 24 months in duration. The majority of the available funds will support projects that are less than $500,000, and the remainder will support projects between $500,000 and $1,000,000. Applicants that request between $500,000 and $1,000,000 will be subject to an additional Merit Review Criterion and should focus on more transformative projects that have the potential to impact a larger number of students, teachers, classes, school districts, and/or communities.

Key Dates

  • February 28, 2024: Online proposal submission opens

  • March 18, 2024: Funding Opportunity Question & Answer Office Hours; 1:00 – 3:00pm Central Time / 2:00 – 4:00 pm Eastern Time (Held virtually over Zoom)
  • May 7, 2024: Grant Submission Help Hours; 12:00 – 3:00 pm Central Time / 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time (Zoom link will be sent to active applicants)
  • May 8, 2024: Deadline for submissions of proposals due by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • July-August 2024: Award selection and notification
  • October 1, 2024: Anticipated funding start date

Learn more and apply.