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Activities and Opportunities for University Faculty


Below is information on STEMinars (faculty PD), Travel Enrichment Funds, and Grants.


STEMinars are monthly information meetings for faculty and the community interested in STEM education to share ideas, research and interests related to STEM outreach, recruitments, retention, pedagogy, curriculum and best practices. Current information is posted on STEMinar Presentations.

College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Fund for Faculty

Travel Enrichment funds have been designated for the use of CAS faculty for attending a conference as a presenter or to conduct research. Applications for anything other than these two purposes will not be accepted. Participation in internships, study abroad programs, summer schools, seminars and workshops are not eligible for funding.

For more information, visit:                                                                                                                 See the link marked: Faculty Form

 Grant Information

Grant information is sent out to CRISTAL Membership via email newsletters, as well as posted on this page. The grants listed below are normally given our yearly, but due to the federal grants sequester, many of these opportunities may be changing.  Please be watching our grants newsletter for the most up-to-date postings or check the NSF site directly.

PIVOT-Grant Research Tool

Interested in researching grant opportunities?  Go to the the Research Support Services link to learn more about COS-Pivot, a search engine available to faculty through U of M at 

Grant Writing Tips

Avoid some common pitfalls in grant writing. The article below (Ten Errors Proposal Teams Should Avoid) is very helpful:

This document is essential for writing NSF Grants: Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. See

STEM Grants Guide

Below is a PDF of the latest version of the STEM Grants Guide with grant information and due dates are listed by month. 2013-2014 STEM Grants Guide

Upcoming NSF Grants

Looking for an upcoming NSF grant?  This site is very useful:

Typical NSF Grants that are usually available include:

 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (August/January)

Invests in research and development of innovative and field-advancing out-of-school STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments to:

  • Expand access to the highest quality STEM resources
  • Contribute new research that advances informal learning
  • ngage the public in novel, real-time and simulated experiences with scientific phenomena, and
  • Advance STEM engagement through exhibits, programs, and other experiences at science centers, museums, zoos, etc.
  • Web site:
  • Awards range from 1-5 years up to 1.5 million

NSF Math Science Partnership (December)

  • Designed to improve K-12 student achievement in mathematics and science
  • Areas:K-12 STEM Teacher Preparation
  • eb site:
    • Community Enterprise for STEM Learning
    • Current issues related to STEM content
    • Identifying and Cultivating Exceptional Talent

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (November)

ITEST seeks:

  • To develop, implement and evaluate interventions that encourage K-12 students to develop interest in and to prepare for careers in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce
  • To produce research findings that build knowledge about approaches, models, and interventions, andTo equip teachers with the resources to ensure students consider choosing STEM and ICT careers
  • Web site:
  • Awards are for up to 3 years for up to $1.2 million

NSF Discovery Research K-12 (October)

  • Seeks to enhance the learning and teaching STEM by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents
  • Emphasis on research projects focused on innovative resources, models and tools
  • Web site:
  • Awards range from 2-4 years and from $450,000 to $4,000,000

NSF Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (July)

  • Seeks to advance research in STEM learning and education in current and emerging learning contexts (childhood through adult) by:Awards range from 2-5 years and $300,000-$1.5 million
    • Focusing on core scientific questions of STEM learning and education (ex. neural and cognitive bases
    • Incorporating multi- and inter-disciplinary collaborations among content experts

Other Grants

  • U.S. Dept. of Education Institute of Education Sciences
    • Mathematics and Science Education
    • Education Technology
    • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
    • Early Learning Programs
    • Special Education
    • Postsecondary and Adult Education
  • THEC Improving Teacher Quality Grants (Announcements are typically made in Aug. of each year with RFP attached, and submissions due in Oct.).
  • TBR Research Grants
  • U of M Faculty Research Grants

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