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Department of Defense: Office of Naval Research (ONR) Navy and Marine Corps Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), Education and Workforce Program

Deadline: July 31, 2018

The STEM, Education and Workforce Development Program will support projects that augment existing or develop innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian Department of the Navy (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities.

The program explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers. Submissions are encouraged to consider including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skill development. Projects must aim to increase student and worker engagement in STEM and enhance people with needed Naval STEM capabilities. Office of Naval Research (ONR) encourages applications to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing the understanding of how and why people choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

While the STEM and Workforce Development Program is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the below communities or any combination of these communities:

  • Secondary education communities
  • Post-secondary communities
  • Informal science communities
  • Current naval STEM workforce communities

The technical content of any idea must establish naval relevance within the priority areas as outlined in the “Naval Research and Development Framework and Addendum” (https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/naval-research-framework). Broad priority areas are as follows:

  • Augmented warfighter
  • Integrated and distributed forces
  • Operational endurance
  • Sensing and sense-making
  • Scalable lethality

Amount: A total of $6,250,000 is available to award up to 25 grants that range up to $250,000 per year for up to three years.

Eligibility: All responsible sources from academia and non-profit organizations are eligible to apply.

Link: https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=298738

Note: The July 31, 2018 deadline is for a mandatory submission of a white paper. Select applicants will be invited to submit an application that will be due by September 28, 2018.

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