Awards & Grants
Below is a listing of awards and grants offered by organizations
other than CSTA. Click here to
view CSTA’s award and grant opportunities.
Last updated: December 6, 2012
Opportunities for you and your class can also be found on
our Student Programs page: res_studentprograms.asp.
SAFE Announces Annual Grants for K-12 Teachers
Program Encourages Aviation-Themed Lessons for Students:
The Society of Aviation and Flight Educators (SAFE) recently
announced a $250 grant program for K-12 teachers to incorporate
aviation- and aerospace-themed lessons into their curriculum.
The annual grant program is to be used to generate enthusiasm
for aviation topics. Among other uses, grants could pay for
field trips to tour an aviation museum or local airport, purchase
materials for aviation-themed projects, or develop aviation
For further information contact: Doug Stewart, SAFE Executive
– 413-281-6788 (cell)
Application Deadline: August 31, 2013
is a web-based Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) competition free for students in grades six through
nine where teams can compete for State, Regional and National
Awards while working to solve problems in their community.
Team registration ends January 15, 2012. Please ensure
that your registrants select "NSTA: referred by NSTA
State Chapter" during the registration process. Registration
is located at www.ecybermission.com.
Each grade level participating in eCYBERMISSION will receive
the following awards:
- First-Place State Winners** - $1,000 U.S. Series EE Savings
Bonds per student
- Second-Place State Winners** - $500 U.S. Series EE Savings
Bonds per student
- Honorable Mention Awards** - Award certificate and STEM
- First-Place Regional Winners** - $2,000 U.S. Series EE
Savings Bonds per student and an all-expenses paid trip
to the Washington DC Metropolitan Area to compete for the
First-Place National Award
- First-Place National Winners - $5,000 U.S. Series EE
Savings Bonds per student
*Non-U.S. based Department of Defense Education Activity
school entries will be considered as one state (i.e., Armed
Forces Europe and Armed Forces Pacific). U.S. Territories
and Commonwealths will be considered as one state (i.e., American
Samoa, U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico)
**In order to be eligible for an eCYBERMISSION Award, the
Mission Folder must have received a composite score of at
least 200 during the Virtual Judging process.
***The eCYBERMISSION regional map can be found here: https://www.ecybermission.com/public/About/About_RegionMap.aspx
All savings bond values are at maturity.
Student teams must choose one of the following 7
- Alternative Sources of Energy
- Food, Health and Fitness
- Forces & Motion
- National Security & Safety
Who Can Compete?
- Three or four students in the same grade and state
- One Team Advisor
Students must be enrolled in either 6th, 7th, 8th or 9th grade
at a U.S.-based public or private school, a Department of
Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) school abroad or a U.S.-based
home school. All students must be a U.S. citizen in order
to participate in the competition.
Team Advisors must be a teacher, coach, counselor, or leader
in a youth organization and at least 21 years of age. Team
Advisors must have access to an active email account. A parent
may serve as a Team Advisor as long as the parent is known
at the student's school/organization and has education or
youth leadership experience while also meeting the other eligibility
requirements of a Team Advisor.
Amgen Scholarships Available
for Science Teachers Pursuing National Board Certification
Amgen scholarships are available for science teachers pursuing
National Board Certification, the most prestigious credential
in the teaching profession. The Amgen Foundation is committing
$1.5 million over three years to support science teachers
in schools across the country who choose to obtain National
Board Certification. Scholarships will be given on a first-come,
first-served basis to teachers in select communities. First
priority will be given to science teachers teaching ages 11-18.
If funding remains available, scholarships will also be awarded
to elementary teachers teaching students ages 3-12 who are
responsible for science instruction. Teachers from the following
California couties may apply: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin,
Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Sonoma,
and Ventura. To apply visit: http://nbpts.org/scholarships.
Toshiba American Foundation
The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to promote quality
science and mathematics education in U.S. schools. Toshiba
America Foundation (TAF) grants fund the projects ideas and
materials teachers need to innovate in their math and science
classrooms. TAF is interested in funding projects designed
by teachers or small teams of teachers for use in their own
schools. Grade K-5 applications are accepted
once a year on October 1. Grade 6-12 applications
for $5,000 or less are accepted on a rolling basis. Grant
requests of more than $5,000 are reviewed twice a year.
Applications for grade 6-12 grants of more
than $5,000 are due February 1 and August
1 each year. For information about applying for a
Toshiba grant, visit www.taf.toshiba.com.
California Bay Watershed Education
and Training (B-WET) Funding Opportunity
The Office of National Marine Sanctuaries announces the
availability of funding for the California Bay Watershed Education
and Training (B-WET) Program. This grant opportunity is a
competitively based program that supports existing environmental
education programs, fosters the growth of new programs, and
encourages the development of partnerships among environmental
education programs throughout the San Francisco Bay, Monterey
Bay, and Santa Barbara Channel watersheds. Projects support
organizations that provide students "meaningful" watershed
educational experiences and teachers professional development
opportunities in the area of environmental education. For
more information and to view the funding announcement, please
visit the NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries website
The Allen Foundation supports educational nutrition programs,
with priority given to training programs for children and
young adults to improve their health and development.
Maximum Award: Past grants have ranged from
$2,000 to $1 million. Eligibility: Schools and school districts
should partner with local nonprofits to form nutrition education
programs. Deadline: Ongoing.
Spirit of Innovation Awards
The Conrad Foundation’s Spirit of Innovation Awards program
gives high school students an opportunity to design commercially
viable innovative products using science and technology that
address real world challenges. Teams are composed of students,
13 to 18 years of age. Teams compete in three categories:
Aerospace Exploration, Renewable Energy, and Cyber Security.
Finalists in each category will attend the "Innovation
Summit" hosted by NASA’s Ames Research Center in Silicone
Valley, CA. The finalists will have the opportunity to present,
discuss and receive guidance from industry professionals on
the viability of their products. The winners will be chosen
during the summit and awarded seed money and other support
to manufacture their product. To register, go to http://www.conradawards.org.
Application period: September—January.
Mars Education Challenge
The Mars Education Challenge calls on high school science
educators to develop new and innovative curriculum support
materials that focus on Mars science and exploration. Developed
in collaboration with NSTA and the Planetary Society, the
Challenge will recognize six winning entries with five regional
awards and one national award. Regional winners will receive
$2,500 grants, and the national winner will receive a $5,000
grant. Additionally, all of the winners will have an opportunity
to do field research with well-known planetary scientists.
More information, including entry details, curriculum support
materials requirements, and prizing information for the Mars
Education Challenge can be found at www.exploremars.org.
Submission Period: September—January.
Knowles Science Teaching Foundation
The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation established its Teaching
Fellowship Program to support beginning teachers of high school
math and science and is one of the most generous and comprehensive
teaching fellowships in the nation, providing tuition assistance,
monthly stipends, support for professional development, and
classroom materials. Visit the website: http://www.kstf.org/
for more information.
Application period: September—January.
Society for Science and the
SSP, with generous support from Intel, is pleased to announce
the second year of its Fellows Program. The SSP Fellows provides
funds and training to selected U.S. science and math teachers
who serve under-resourced students, to enable interested and
motivated students to perform high-quality independent scientific
research. More information and application can be found at:
Applications period: November—January.
Frontiers in Physiology Professional
Middle and high school science teachers are invited to apply
for a year-long $9,000 professional development fellowship
in the Frontiers in Physiology Program, Six Star Science for
Student-Centered Learning, sponsored by the American Physiological
Society (APS). Six Star Science principles support excellence
in education: student-centered instruction, diversity/equity,
technology, assessment, current scientific content, and reflecting
on teaching and learning. From April 2011 - April
2012, teacher fellows examine their current teaching
methods and learning environments, and deepen their understanding
of standards by applying Six Star Science methods to existing
classroom materials. During the summer of 2011, teacher fellows
partner with a local APS member scientist immersing themselves
in the world of cutting-edge biomedical research for 7-8 weeks.
Fellows also participate in a week-long professional development
workshop, the Science Teaching Forum (July 2011). The fellowship
concludes with a trip to a scientific conference in San Diego,
California. Awardees receivepayments of up to $5,700, travel
costs, and a mini-grant for classroom materials. For more
information go to: www.frontiersinphys.org.
Application period: October—January
National Lab Day
National Lab Day is more than just a day. It's a nationwide
initiative to build local communities of support that will
foster ongoing collaborations among volunteers, students and
educators. Volunteers, university students, scientists, engineers,
other STEM professionals and, more broadly, members of the
community are working together with educators and students
to bring discovery-based science experiences to students in
grades K-12. When an educator posts a project, our system
will help them get the resources needed to bring that project
to fruition. For more information or to submit a project visit