Funding

ED Awards $78M in STEM Grants

The U.S. Department of Education is providing 29 grantees with approximately $78 million in funds that focus on STEM initiatives as part of the Education Innovation and Research (EIR) program. Over 85 percent of the STEM-funded projects include a specific focus on computer science.

ED has distributed $123 million through the competitive program for the 2019 fiscal year. The program supports school districts, nonprofits and state educational agencies with grants to create, implement or scale evidence-based innovation projects focused on improving academic achievement for "high-need students."

"For too long, the one-size-fits-all approach to education has failed too many students," said ED Secretary Betsy DeVos. "Through the EIR program, grantees have the opportunity to rethink education and approach student learning in new ways. I'm excited to see states, school districts and nonprofits proposing more creativity, innovation and personalization on behalf of students."

The grants also include $30 million for eight projects that serve rural areas.

The full list of recipients is below:

State

Grantee

FY Award Amount

AL

Alabama State Department of Education

$2,381,949

AZ

Center for the Future of Arizona

$2,118,752

CA

New Teacher Center

$8,659,037

CA

Pasadena Unified School District

$2,764,774

CA

San Diego Unified School District

$1,928,782

CA

San Francisco Unified School District

$2,271,114

CA

Small School Districts' Association

$1,989,724

CA

The Regents of the University of California, Irvine

$2,594,705

CO

BSCS Science Learning

$4,941,454

CT

Sacred Heart University

$2,104,621

DC

American Institutes for Research

$5,472,348

DC

Smithsonian Institution

$2,137,719

FL

Putnam County School District

$2,557,855

FL

Seminole County Public Schools

$2,201,369

IL

Community Unit School District 60

$2,171,699

IL

Computer Science Teachers Association LLC

$3,015,767

IL

Lumity

$2,489,370

IN

University of Indianapolis

$4,858,773

KS

University of Kansas Center for Research, Inc.

$4,633,331

KY

Green River Regional Educational Cooperative

$2,835,449

LA

Louisiana Department of Education

$3,031,226

LA

Louisiana State University

$2,308,115

MA

Education Development Center, Inc.

$2,493,595

MA

Technical Education Research Centers, Inc.

$3,175,344

MA

Tufts University

$2,926,243

MA

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

$4,980,445

MS

Scott County School District

$3,754,677

NC

Iredell-Statesville Schools

$2,176,977

ND

Touro College

$1,493,857

NE

Board of Regents, Univ of Nebraska Lincoln

$2,177,752

NE

Educational Service Unit 2

$2,400,000

NJ

Center for Supportive Schools

$2,081,943

NY

New York Hall of Science

$2,899,819

OH

The Ohio State University

$5,024,930

RI

Rhode Island Department of Education

$2,510,111

TX

IDEA Public Schools

$2,636,705

TX

National Math and Science Initiative

$3,084,571

VA

Old Dominion University Research Foundation

$2,384,051

VA

The Rector and Visitors of the University of Virginia

$2,756,804

VA

Winchester School Board

$2,502,734

WA

Code.org

$2,467,808

About the Author

Sara Friedman is a reporter/producer for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe covering education policy and a wide range of other public-sector IT topics.

Friedman is a graduate of Ithaca College, where she studied journalism, politics and international communications.

Friedman can be contacted at sfriedman@1105media.com or follow her on Twitter @SaraEFriedman.

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