STEM Funding in the Spotlight
STEM fields are predicted to be the path to many future careers in the United States. Recent federal grant competitions, such as the Education Innovation & Research (EIR) grant, offer funding to boost learning in STEM fields. In addition, the most recent Supporting Effective Educator Development (SEED) grant competition included a competitive preference priority for teachers in STEM fields.
When the White House released its budget priorities for research and development for FY2020, included on the list were STEM and Computer Science programs to educate a 21st Century workforce. This again shows a commitment to STEM subjects in future initiatives and funding. The National Science Foundation also has several grant programs dedicated to elevating K-12 STEM learning and outcomes.
Private foundations, such as the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and the Gates Foundation, are also focusing significant funding on research and development around STEM learning.
Recent public and private funding trends show increased support for STEM programs. As a result, programs that emphasize STEM learning will have an advantage in the education marketplace. Be sure to emphasize the STEM learning component of your offering to show strong alignment to this market opportunity.