Sponsors to Consider



(Federal Agencies)



Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE)

Institute of Education Sciences (IES)

Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE)

Office of Special Education and Rehabilitative Services (OSER)

Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP)

U.S. Department of Education Forecast of Funding Opportunities under the Department of Education Discretionary Grant Programs



National Institutes of Health (Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA))

The Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) Program funds innovative K-12 STEM and Informal Science Education (ISE) educational projects. SEPA projects create partnerships among biomedical and clinical researchers and K-12 teachers and schools, museums and science centers, media experts, and other educational organizations. SEPA K-12 resources target state and national K-12 standards for STEM teaching and learning.  These projects receive a thorough evaluation for effectiveness.



Accelerating Discovery:  Educating the Future STEM Workforce (AD)

Synopsis of Program:  A well-prepared, innovative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce is crucial to the Nation's prosperity and security. Future generations of STEM professionals are a key sector of this workforce, especially in the critical scientific areas described in the Big Ideas for Future NSF Investments. To accelerate progress in these areas, the next generation of STEM professionals will need to master new knowledge and skills, collaborate across disciplines, and shape the future of the human-technology interface in the workplace. As a result, NSF recognizes the need to support development of and research on effective educational approaches that can position the future STEM workforce to make bold advances in these Big Ideas. 

In response to this need, the NSF’s Education and Human Resources Directorate seeks to invest in projects that can educate the STEM workforce to advance discovery in the six research Big Ideas:  Harnessing the Data Revolution; The Future of Work; Navigating the New Arctic; Multi-messenger Astrophysics; The Quantum Leap; and Understanding the Rules of Life. In addition to developing and implementing novel educational and/or training programs, these projects should simultaneously generate new knowledge about effective STEM education, by studying such programs and exploring related issues. 


ADVANCE:  Organizational Change for Gender Equity in STEM Academic Professions

Supports projects to increase representation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers to develop innovative and sustainable ways to promote gender equity in the STEM academic workforce; and to contribute to the development of a more diverse science and engineering workforce.


Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL)

Synopsis of Program:  The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities, for the public in informal environments.  AISL also seeks to provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences, as well as advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments.  Additionally, AISL programs seek to engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.  (Usually due in November)

The AISL program supports six types of projects: (1) Pilots and Feasibility Studies, (2) Research in Service to Practice, (3) Innovations in Development, (4) Broad Implementation, (5) Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses, and (6) Conferences.


Computer Science for All (CSforAll: RPP)

Synopsis of Program:  This program aims to provide all U.S. students the opportunity to participate in computer science (CS) and computational thinking (CT) education in their schools at the preK-12 levels. With this solicitation, the National Science Foundation (NSF) focuses on researcher-practitioner partnerships (RPPs) that foster the research and development needed to bring CS and CT to all schools. Specifically, this solicitation has three goals.  First, to provide high school teachers with the professional development (PD), and ongoing support they need to teach rigorous computer science courses.  Second, to provide PreK-8 teachers with the instructional materials and preparation they need to integrate CS and CT into their teaching.  Third, provide schools and districts the resources needed to define and evaluate multi-grade pathways in CS and CT.


Education and Human Resources Core Research (ECR)

Synopsis of Program: The EHR Core Research (ECR) program establishes a mechanism in the Directorate for Education and Human Resources to provide funding in foundational research areas that are broad, essential and enduring. EHR seeks proposals that will help synthesize, build and/or expand research foundations in the following core areas: STEM learning, STEM learning environments, workforce development, and broadening participation in STEM. We invite researchers to identify and conduct research on questions or issues in order to advance the improvement of STEM learning in general, or to address specific challenges of great importance.  (Usually due in October)


Education and Human Resources Core Research (ECR):  Building Capacity in STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER)

Synopsis of Program:  ECR’s Building Capacity for STEM Education Research (ECR: BCSER) solicitation supports projects that build individuals’ capacity to carry out high quality STEM education research.  Resulting in enhancing the nation’s STEM education enterprise and broadening the pool of researchers that can conduct fundamental research in STEM learning and learning environments, broadening participation in STEM fields, and STEM workforce development.

Specifically, ECR: BCSER supports activities that enable early and mid-career researchers to acquire the requisite expertise and skills to conduct rigorous fundamental research in STEM education. ECR: BCSER seeks to fund career-development research activities on topics that are relevant to qualitative and quantitative research methods and design, including the collection and analysis of new qualitative or quantitative data, secondary analyses using extant datasets, or meta-analyses.  (Usually due in June)


Discovery Research PreK-12

Synopsis of Program:  The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to, significantly enhance, the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies will enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.


Faculty Early Career Development Program (CAREER)

Synopsis of Program:  CAREER: The Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program is a Foundation-wide activity that offers the National Science Foundation's most prestigious awards in support of early-career faculty who have the potential to serve as academic role models in research and education and to lead advances in the mission of their department or organization. Activities pursued by early-career faculty should build a firm foundation for a lifetime of leadership in integrating education and research. NSF encourages submission of CAREER proposals from early-career faculty at all CAREER-eligible organizations and especially encourages women, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities to apply.  (Usually due in July)


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education:  Computing and Undergraduate Education (IUSE: CUE)

Synopsis of Program:  Increasingly, undergraduate computer science (CS) programs prepares larger and more diverse student populations for careers in both CS and non-CS fields, including careers in scientific and non-scientific disciplines. Many of these students aim to acquire the understandings and competencies needed to learn how to use computation collaboratively across different contexts and challenging problems. However, standard CS course sequences do not always serve these students well. With this solicitation, NSF will support teams of Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) in re-envisioning the role of computing in interdisciplinary collaboration within their institutions. In addition, NSF will encourage partnering IHEs to use this opportunity to integrate the study of ethics into their curricula, both within core CS courses and across the relevant interdisciplinary application areas.  (Usually due in May)


Improving Undergraduate STEM Education:  Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR)

Synopsis of Program:  The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning in order to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.  NSF supports IUSE: EHR projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education; and projects that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning.  These projects should also lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education.  IUSE: EHR includes two tracks, Engaged Student Learning (ESL) and Institutional and Community Transformation (ICT), each with three levels of funding.  (ESL proposals for Level 1 and ICT proposals for Capacity Building and Level 1 are due in February and August; ESL proposals for Levels 2-3 and ICT proposals for Level 2 are due in December).


Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) Program

The Innovations in Graduate Education (IGE) program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative approaches to STEM graduate education training. The program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers.  IGE focuses on projects aimed at piloting, testing, and validating innovative and potentially transformative approaches to graduate education.  IGE projects generate the knowledge required for their customization, implementation, and broader adoption. The program supports testing of novel models or activities with high potential to enrich and extend the knowledge base on effective graduate education approaches.  (Usually due in September)


Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST)

The ITEST program supports research on the design, development, implementation, and selective spread of innovative strategies to engage students in technology-rich experiences.  The experience should (1) increase student awareness of STEM occupations; (2) motivate students to pursue appropriate education pathways to STEM occupations; or (3) develop disciplinary-based knowledge and practices, or promote critical thinking, reasoning skills, or communication skills needed for entering STEM workforce sectors.  (Usually due in August)



Supports effort to enhance U.S. leadership in STEM discoveries and innovations by supporting diverse participation in these fields through collaborative efforts aimed at enhancing the preparation, increasing the participation, and ensuring the contributions of individuals from groups that have traditionally been underrepresented and underserved in the STEM enterprise: including women; ethnic minorities, and persons from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.  Limited submission:  an organization can serve as the lead on one proposal.  (Usually due in July)


NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) Program

The NSF Research Traineeship (NRT) program encourages the development and implementation of bold, new, and potentially transformative models for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) graduate education training. The NRT program seeks proposals that explore ways for graduate students in research-based master’s and doctoral degree programs to develop the skills, knowledge, and competencies needed to pursue a range of STEM careers. The program dedicates effective training of STEM graduate students in high priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas, by using a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based, and aligned with changing workforce and research needs.  (Letter of Intent window:  November 25-December 6; Full proposal usually due in February)


NSF Scholarships in STEM Program

This program seeks to increase the number of low-income academically talented students with demonstrated financial need obtaining degrees in STEM and entering the workforce or graduate programs in STEM, as well as improve the education of future scientists, engineers, and technicians, with a focus on academically talented low-income students.  Additionally, the program will generate knowledge to advance understanding of how factors or evidence-based curricular and co-curricular activities affect the success, retention, transfer, academic/career pathways, and graduation in STEM of low-income students.  (Usually due in March)


Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and professionals to become K-12 mathematics and science (including engineering and computer science) teachers. The program invites creative and innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting and preparing highly effective elementary and secondary science and mathematics teachers in high-need local educational agencies.  (Usually due in August)


Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace (SaTC)

The goals of the SaTC program is to protect and preserve the growing social and economic benefits of cyber systems while ensuring security and privacy. There are six areas critical to successful cybersecurity research and development: (1) scientific foundations; (2) risk management; (3) human aspects; (4) transitioning successful research into practice; (5) workforce development; and (6) enhancing the research infrastructure. The NPRS identifies a framework for privacy research, anchored in characterizing privacy expectations, understanding privacy violations, engineering privacy-protecting systems, and recovering from privacy violations. In alignment with the objectives in both strategic plans, the SaTC program takes an interdisciplinary, comprehensive and holistic approach to cybersecurity research, development, and education, and encourages the transition of promising research ideas into practice.  (Proposals accepted anytime.)


Other NSF Resources:

Portal to find NSF funding opportunities

Common Guidelines for Education and Research Development (By the ED and NSF)

Resources for STEM education 


(Associations, Foundations, etc)


American Association of University Women Educational Foundation

Supports one-year grants ($2,000-$7,000), which provide seed money for new projects and two-year grants ($5,000-$10,000), which provide start-up funds for longer-term programs that address the particular needs of the community and develop girls’ sense of efficacy.  For both programs, topic areas are unrestricted, but should include a clearly defined activity that promotes education and equity for women and girls.  Applicants must be women who are U.S. citizens or permanent residents. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Applications are open August 1st – December 1st


American Educational Research Association

Applicants are encouraged to submit proposals that develop or benefit from new quantitative measures or methodological approaches for addressing education issues; include interdisciplinary teams with subject matter expertise, especially when studying science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning; analyze TIMSS, PISA, or other international data resources; or include the integration and analysis of more than one data set. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


American Psychological Foundation

The American Psychological Foundation (APF) provides financial support for innovative research and programs that enhance the power of psychology to elevate the human condition and advance human potential both now and in generations to come.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


American Honda Foundation

The American Honda Foundation engages in grant making that reflects the basic tenets, beliefs and philosophies of Honda companies that characterize the following qualities:  imaginative, creative, youthful, forward thinking, scientific, humanistic and innovative. The American Honda Foundation supports youth education with a specific focus on the STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subjects in addition to the environment, job training and literacy. Their aim is to seek out those programs and organizations with a well-defined sense of purpose, demonstrated commitment to making the best use of available resources and a reputation for accomplishing their objectives. In addition, programs should be:

  • Innovative and creative that propose untried methods that ultimately may result in providing solutions to the complex educational concerns currently facing the American society.
  • Broad in scope, intent, impact, and outreach.
  • Possess a high potential for success with a relatively low incidence of duplication of effort (i.e. other organizations administering the same programs).
  • Dedicated to improving human condition.
  • Operate from a position of financial and administrative soundness.
  • In urgent need of funding from a priority basis (not necessarily financial need); i.e., the relative importance of the program or project to the public.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Amgen Foundation

The Amgen Foundation seeks to advance science education, improve quality of care and access for patients, and support resources that create sound communities where Amgen staff members live and work. The Amgen Foundation carefully considers each grant application it receives, seeking out diverse organizations whose philosophies, objectives and approaches align with the Foundation goals and mission. The Foundation awards grants to local, regional, and international nonprofit organizations that are replicable, scalable and designed to have a lasting and meaningful effect in our communities. Grants should reflect Amgen's dedication to impacting lives in inspiring and innovative ways. Amgen Foundation grants range from $10,000 to multi-million dollar commitments.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Association for Women in Mathematics (Travel Grants and Mentoring Travel Grants)

Supports travel grants for women mathematics researchers and educators.  The goal of this funding announcement is to enable women to attend conferences in fields supported by NSF’s Mathematical Sciences Division.  Up to $2,300 is available for domestic travel and $3,500 for foreign travel.  Mathematics mentoring travel grants (annual deadline:  February 1st) provide up to seven awards of up to $5,000 each to help junior women researchers develop long-term working relationships with senior mathematicians.

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SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Deadlines include February 1st; May 1st; and October 1st


Belk Foundation

The Belk Foundation believes that education is a basis for successful society and that a quality education is the right of all children and youth. Our mission is to invest in schools and organizations that work aggressively to ensure all students graduate from high school and continue on an intentional path toward college, career and life. Many factors are necessary to ensure every student has access to a high-quality public school education. That said, research has demonstrated the critical role of strong teachers and leaders as well as the importance of ensuring young children are performing on grade level by the third grade. It is under these two critical areas that the Foundation has decided to dedicate its resources:

  • Teaching and Leading: Increasing quality teaching and leading in K-12 public schools
  • K-3 Achievement: Increasing the number of children in grades K-3 who achieve on or above grade level in core subjects

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


Bradley Foundation

At present, the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation aims to encourage projects that focus on cultivating a renewed, healthier, and more vigorous sense of citizenship among the American people, and among peoples of other nations, as well.  The free society so central to the convictions and success of the Bradley brothers rests upon and is intended to nurture a solid foundation of competent, self-governing citizens, who are understood to be fully capable of and personally responsible for making the major political, economic, and moral decisions that shape their own lives, and the lives of their children.  Such decisions are made based on common sense, received wisdom, traditional values, and everyday moral understandings, which are in turn nurtured and passed on to future generations by healthy families, churches, neighborhoods, voluntary associations, schools, and other value-generating "mediating structures."

The Foundation supports programs that research the needs of gifted children and techniques of providing education for students with superior skills and/or intelligence.  The Foundation also considers research programs investigating how learning occurs in gifted children, and demonstration programs of instruction.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


Brady Education Foundation

The Foundation funds two types of projects: (1) evaluations of existing model programs; and (2) innovative research/new program development, including both efficacy and effectiveness studies. No set deadline for Stage 1 proposals.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Caplan Foundation

The Foundation provides funding in the following areas: (1) Early Childhood Welfare:  The Foundation supports projects that seek to perfect child-rearing practices and to identify models that can provide creative, caring environments in which all young children thrive.  (2) Early Childhood Education and Play:  The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of both early childhood teaching and learning, through the development of innovative curricula and research based pedagogical standards, as well as the design of imaginative play materials and learning environments.  (3) Parenting Education:  The Foundation supports programs that teach parents about developmental psychology, cultural child rearing differences, pedagogy, issues of health, prenatal care and diet, as well as programs that provide both cognitive and emotional support to parents.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Carnegie Corporation of New York (Pathway to Education Opportunity)

The Urban and Higher Education Program’s goals center on creating pathways to educational and economic opportunity by generating systemic change across a K-16 continuum, with particular emphasis on secondary and higher education. We work to enable many more students, including historically underserved populations, to achieve academic success. Our grantees help all students perform with the high levels of creative, scientific, and technical knowledge and skill needed to compete in a global economy and exercise leadership. Key levers of change:

  • Standards and Assessments
  • Innovation in Teaching and Human Capital Management
  • New Designs: Innovation in Classroom, School, College and System Design
  • Improving Policy, Creating Better Conditions and Platforms for Accountability, Innovation, and Systemic Reform

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


The Dekker Foundation

The Dekker Foundation's mission is to create a more cooperative society through education. With the understanding that learning comes in many forms, we provide grants to promote educational programs, raise awareness of social issues, and foster a larger sense of community among people of different backgrounds and beliefs.  

Before you send us a full proposal, please first submit a letter of inquiry to determine if your organization's goals meet the Foundation's criteria for grant recipients.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


Ford Foundation

The foundation works in three program areas, each led by a vice president. Together, these programs build on the foundation's mission and values and respond to a new generation of challenges in a changing world.  The three program areas are Economic Opportunity and Assets; Democracy, Rights and Justice; and Education, Creativity and Free Expression.  Projects are subject to an inquiry process. If your proposed work aligns with the foundation’s priorities and budget limitations, a program officer will contact you to begin the process of developing a formal proposal.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.

Foundation for the Carolinas

Charlotte Mecklenburg Community Foundation (CMCF):  The Foundation envisions a community where every resident is afforded the opportunity to be well educated, safely housed, meaningfully employed and actively engaged in community decisions.  The initiatives that focus on children and youth include Early Childhood (Birth-Kindergarten) and College and Career Readiness (Elementary School to Age 24).  Specific results are outlined below, and should be reflected in grant applications.

Early Childhood

  • Children have access to safe and enriching quality early care and education and enter school ready to learn.
  • Parents and caregivers have the tools, resources and information to nurture their children and provide experiences that promote school readiness.
  • The early care and education workforce has the resources and professional development opportunities to provide quality care and experiences for children from birth through age five.


College and Career Readiness

  • Broaden the range of and access to high quality college and career pathways offered by our K-12 and post-secondary institutions, ensuring all students have access to and support for the full range of opportunities.
  • Equip all students and their parents with the information and guidance they need to understand and navigate multiple college and career pathways, preparations and processes.
  • Galvanize community support to develop and implement a multi-faceted plan to increase paid work-based learning opportunities for students.
  • Expand and strengthen support for the first-generation and other low-socioeconomic students who need help in transitioning to and completing post-secondary education.
  • Create more on-ramps to education, training, and employment for our disconnected youth.
  • Elevate and actively promote the critical importance of acquiring a post-secondary degree and/or industry certification to successfully compete in our changing, technologically advanced labor market.


SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in April.

Foundation for the Carolinas

Foundation for a Healthy Carolina:  The Foundation’s vision is to improve health, human services and educational outcomes in the greater Charlotte, North Carolina region.  The Foundation is interested in creating the highest possible levels of human and community gain, and is encouraging grant proposals that support creative exploration and project development to address health and health-related needs in the region.  To that end, result and investment areas include:

  • Healthcare Grants:  These grants are directed toward advancing equity and access of the community health needs of vulnerable populations.  Programs may address physical and/or mental health initiatives and must serve the elderly, people in poverty, undocumented workers, or others not able to access the care or services they need.
  • Educational Grants:  These grants are directed toward workforce development, recruitment, placement, and/or retention efforts within the healthcare field, basic health education for the community, or healthcare issues that impact educational outcomes.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in March.


William T. Grant Foundation

The William T. Grant Foundation invests in high-quality research to ensure that young people from diverse backgrounds reach their fullest potential. Areas of interest include Research Grants on Reducing Inequality where we seek studies to build, test, and increase understanding of responses to inequality in youth outcomes; and Research Grants on Improving the Use of Research Evidence where we seek studies about how to improve the use of research evidence in ways that benefit youth. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for Letters of Inquiry deadlines.


International Reading Association (IRA)

The Association’s awards and grants program includes honors for teaching, service to the profession, research, media coverage of reading, and authorship of children’s books. IRA funds Children's Literature Awards, Professional Development Awards and Grants, Research Awards and Grants, Service Awards, Teachers Awards, and Grants and Travel Grants.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Deadlines are usually in April, July, and October.  


Jacobs Foundation

The Foundation believes that social innovations to improve the living conditions of young people are one of the key prerequisites needed in our society in order to bring about social change.  They fund projects that aim at the development and alignment of new and sustainable approaches in the field of child and youth development. The Foundation supports innovative basic research, application-oriented intervention research, and practical projects in all fields of importance for child and youth development. In our project funding, we support partners from research and practice who have a proven track record and work together closely with them in a spirit of trust so as to best ensure a high scientific quality as well as practical relevance and effectiveness

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


The Calvin K. Kazanjian Economics Foundation

Projects supported by the Foundation should:

  • Disseminate economic thinking and knowledge by all available means, to the end that greater happiness and prosperity may come to all through better economic understanding.
  • Produce materials, conduct seminars and workshops that promote discussions and assist in the development of greater economic literacy.
  • Promote the interchange of ideas and experiences among students of economic theory, those teaching it, and those engaged in solving practical economic problems in business and government.
  • Further these purposes through cooperation with schools, colleges and universities, foundations or other organizations by financial support or other means

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


W.K. Kellogg Foundation (Educated Kids Grants)

The Foundation partners with families, schools and communities to make a difference in young children’s learning and development.  They do so by supporting community-based family engagement efforts that empower parents, caregivers and families as leaders in children’s development, recognizing that this is a shared responsibility with schools and communities.

The Foundation seeks to improve the quality of teaching and learning through leadership and professional development for which educators will receive the support and training they need to deliver high-quality learning opportunities to all students. This may include working with childcare providers and schools for teacher preparation programs to create safe, positive environments that are content rich, results-driven and culturally meaningful and relevant.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Online grant applications throughout the year.


Charles Koch Foundation

K-12 Education Research:  The Charles Koch Foundation focuses on programs that help move toward a society of equal rights and mutual benefit, where people succeed by helping others improve their lives. In addition to welcoming new ideas for… more » these topics, we also invite general research proposals.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Proposals will be accepted and evaluated on a rolling basis.


Longview Foundation

The Longview Foundation builds purposeful partnerships between state government, NGOs, colleges of education, and communities to integrate global competence into teacher and student experiences to prepare them for tomorrow.

  • Internationalizing Teacher Preparation: As economic, social, and technological transformations link us in unprecedented ways, the critical role of teachers in preparing young people for a new global reality has never been clearer; yet, few teachers begin their careers with the deep knowledge and robust skills necessary to bring the world into their classrooms.
  • Innovations in Internationalization: Our innovations work specifically supports strategic, field–building activities that help address gaps in knowledge or capacity. Advancement of global education in new and creative mechanisms is particularly of interest. Previous grants in this field have ranged from connecting schools with communities around international children’s literature to building professional development resources for teachers that internationalize the U.S. History perspectives taught in middle and high school.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Henry Luce Foundation (Higher Education Program)

The Higher Education Program welcomes excellent, innovative proposals from all kinds of institutions and organizations and encourages inquiries from those with limited resources and/or that seek to serve disadvantaged or marginalized communities.

Higher education program grants have several requirements:  (1) The project must support the humanities and qualitative social sciences.  However, the Foundation will support projects that encourage diversity in certain STEM fields; (2) The project must support team-based projects or institutional initiatives rather than purely individual research projects; and (3) The project should not only produce new knowledge but should also model new approaches to the production, dissemination and application of knowledge.

There is a sponsor-imposed limit on the number of submissions allowed per organization.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.  


Lumina Foundation

Lumina Foundation believes that education provides the basis for individual opportunity, economic vitality and social stability. With its partners, Lumina strives to meet workforce demands and close gaps in attainment for groups not historically well‐served by higher education. Lumina’s outcomes‐based approach focuses on helping to design and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgency for action to achieve Goal 2025. Our current funding is directed to advance the following strategies:

  • Build a Goal 2025 Social Movement
  • Mobilize Employers, Metro Areas, and Regions to Increase Attainment
  • Mobilize Higher Education to Increase Student Success
  • Advance State Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Advance Federal Policy for Increased Attainment
  • Create New Models of Student Financial Support
  • Design New Higher Education Business and Finance Models
  • Create New Systems of Quality Credentials

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


James S. McDonnell Foundation (Teachers as Learners)

The JSMF Teachers as Learners (TAL) program focuses on teacher thinking and change in attitudes, knowledge, skills and behaviors.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Deadline is usually in May.


Ambrose Monell Foundation

The Foundation’s mission is to voluntarily aid and contribute to religious, charitable, scientific, literary, and educational uses and purposes, in the United States, and throughout the world.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (Science Learning Assessment)

The Science Learning Assessment portfolio aims to demonstrate new techniques and tools for measuring the most important science learning outcomes. Supporting projects that drive innovations in what and how we assess science learning can contribute to improved practices in science education. While we primarily focus our efforts outside of schools and classrooms, we also seek to identify collaborations that can help bridge our work to other learning settings, including schools. New types of assessment that are developed through this portfolio will help build a better understanding of the critical factors that influence science learning, thereby informing the design of learning experiences across settings.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Mott Foundation (Education)

The Mott Foundation funds efforts to expand learning opportunities and supports for children, particularly those from low- and moderate-income communities.  The Foundation make grants to help all children, especially those in underserved communities, acquire the knowledge, skills and behaviors they need to succeed in college, career pathways and life. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year.


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – Innovations in Research and Practice

Supports research and data-driven pilot projects designed to enhance student-athlete psychosocial well-being and mental health.  Research topics may include, but are not limited to, managing transitions, identity development, stress management, substance use, bystander intervention, cultivating healthy relationships, career exploration and sport exit strategies.  Funded projects must demonstrate potential to result in campus-level programming that can positively impact the well-being of NCAA student-athletes at a range of member institutions.  Awards are up to $25,000.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  The submission deadline line is usually in November.


National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) – CHOICES

Provides funding for colleges and universities to deliver challenging and meaningful alcohol education messages to entire campuses. Proposals must show adequacy in design, implementation and evaluation; collaboration among campus departments; research-based strategies; and continuation/expansion of program after NCAA funding. Eligibility limited to NCAA member institutions. Award amounts of $15,000 (first year); $10,000 (second year); and $5,000 (third year) over a three year period. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for more information


National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE)

NCTE supports research activity and publication in the field of English and English education through a series of research awards, grants, and scholarships. Offers funding for PreK-16 individuals and teams for grants to support research projects related to the teaching and learning of language and literacies.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadlines are usually April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Pre-K-6 Classroom Research Grants:  The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. For 2020-21, grants will be awarded… more » to mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades Pre-K-6 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades Pre-K-6 classroom teachers. The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics:


  • Curriculum development and implementation.
  • Involvement of at-risk students or students from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts
  • Connection of mathematics to other disciplines.
  • Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant).
  • Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  November 1, 2020 (Must be a NCTM member)


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

Pre-K-8 Preservice Teacher Action Research Grants:  The purpose of this grant is to provide financial support for action research conducted as a collaborative by university faculty, preservice teacher(s), and classroom teacher(s) seeking to improve their understanding of… more » mathematics in Pre-K-8 classroom(s).

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  May 3, 2020 (Must be a NCTM member)


National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)

7-12 Classroom Research Grants:  The purpose of this grant is to support and encourage classroom-based research in precollege mathematics education in collaboration with college or university mathematics educators. 2020-21 grants will be awarded to… more » mathematics educators or classroom teachers currently teaching mathematics at the grades 7-12 level. The research must be a collaborative effort involving a college or university mathematics educator (a mathematics education researcher or a teacher of mathematics learning, teaching, or curriculum) and one or more grades 7-12 classroom teachers (individuals who spend half or more of their work time teaching in the classroom). The proposal may include, but is not restricted to, research on the following topics:

  • Curriculum development and implementation
  • Involvement of at-risk students or students from diverse backgrounds and experiences
  • Students' thinking about a particular mathematics concept or set of concepts
  • Connection of mathematics to other disciplines
  • Focused learning and teaching of mathematics with embedded use of technology (any acquisition of equipment must support the proposed plan but not be the primary focus of the grant)
  • Innovative assessment or evaluation strategies

Involvement of preservice teachers is encouraged but not required. This research should lead to a draft article suitable for submission in the Mathematics Teacher Educator Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, or in one of the NCTM school journals. Proposals must address the following: research design, the plan for collecting and analyzing data, and the anticipated impact on students' learning.




National Education Association Foundation

Learning and Leadership Grants:  Educators frequently need outside resources to engage in meaningful professional development due to limited district funding. Through our Learning & Leadership grants, we support the professional development of NEA… more » members by providing grants to:

  • Individuals to participate in high-quality professional development like summer institutes, conferences, seminars, travel abroad programs, or action research.
  • Groups to fund collegial study, including study groups, action research, lesson plan development, or mentoring experiences for faculty or staff.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  February 1st; June 1st; and October 15th


National Education Association Foundation

Student Success Grants:  The NEA Foundation believes public education should stimulate students' curiosity and excitement about learning and help them become successful 21st-century global citizens.

Educators frequently need outside funding… more » for classroom resources. With our Student Achievement grants, NEA members are helping students learn how to think critically and solve problems. The NEA Foundation has successfully provided funding to thousands of educators to enable them to take the lead on a wide range of projects to improve student learning.

Grant funds can be used for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. Although some funds may be used to support the professional development necessary to implement the project, the majority of grant funds must be spent on materials or educational experiences for students.

Grant funds cannot be used to pay indirect costs, grant administration fees, salaries, applicant stipends, conference fees for more than one person, or lobbying or religious purposes.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  February 1st; June 1st; and October 15th


North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (Ribbon of Hope Grants)

Many nonprofits are providing outstanding services, but are struggling with limited resources to meet the needs of their local communities. These grants offer organizations a one-time opportunity to expand and/or enhance an existing program or provide seed funds for a new initiative.  Proposals should relate to the establishment and implementation of projects that tightly align with the goals and objectives of local community agencies, and demonstrate their sustainability after funding ends. Most importantly, proposals should address critical community needs identified through comprehensive needs assessment activities.  Funding is not available for general operating, construction or restoration projects, or for the provision of medical services. The Foundation supports programs that emphasize the understanding and application of health, science, and education to meet the needs of North Carolina's citizens and communities.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadlines are usually April 1st and October 1st


North Carolina GlaxoSmithKline Foundation (Traditional Grants in Education)

The Foundation’s primary focus is to provide seed funds for new and worthwhile educational programs.  GlaxoSmithKline funds projects for one year or multi-year project, up to a maximum of five years.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadlines are usually April 1st, July 1st, and October 1st


Oak Foundation

Oak Foundation has several programs of interest: child abuse, environment, housing and homelessness, international human rights, issues affecting women, learning differences, and special interest.  Under learning differences, Oak Foundation supports research and activities that contribute to both knowledge about, and strategies available to students (from primary school to university) who struggle in school because of their learning differences. These differences represent a profile of learning strengths and weaknesses which, when understood by the student, parent and teacher, can be addressed and leveraged to promote success at school.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


PNC Foundation

The PNC Foundation supports early educational initiatives that serve low- and moderate-income children and youth (birth through age five), their families and teachers.  The Foundation gives priority to programs that focus on math, science, the arts, or financial education, and include one or some combination of the following: (1) Direct services for children in their classroom or community; (2) Professional development for teachers; (3) Family engagement in the early education of children served by grants; and (4) Volunteer opportunities for PNC employees.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submissions accepted year-round.


Revson Foundation (Education Program)

Revson’s Education program supports projects that seek to provide broad access to knowledge, information, and resources that sustain an informed and engaged citizenry. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year. 


Reynolds American Foundation (Birth-12 Public Education)

Reynolds American Foundation supports public school and community programs that prepare children to enter school ready to learn.  The program should focus primarily on improving academic performance of low-performing and economically disadvantaged students. 

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Proposals accepted throughout the year.


Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation

The Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation currently focuses on the areas of State-Level Systemic Change, Collaborative Problem-Solving, Community Progress Fund, All for NC Fellowship; Inclusive Public Art, Non-Profit Internship Program, and Sabbatical Program.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadlines.


Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

The foundation makes grants for STEM, economics, higher education, digital technology, public understanding of science, technology & economics, working longer, and energy and environment projects.  Award types and funding amounts vary.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Accepts Letters of Inquiry throughout the year. 


Spencer Foundation (Small Research Grants)

Small Research Grants are requested in one of the following areas of interest:  (1) Field-Initiated; (2) The Relation between Education and Social Opportunity; (3) Teaching, Learning, and Instructional Resources; (4) The New Civics; (5) Organizational Learning in Schools, School Systems, and Higher Education Systems; and (6) Purposes and Values of Education.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in November.

Spencer Foundation (Large Research Grants)

The Large Research Grants on Education Program supports education research projects that will contribute to the improvement of education.  This is a field-initiated program in that proposal submissions are not in response to a specific request for a particular research topic, discipline, design, method, or location.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  The intent to apply submission deadline is usually in January; with a proposal deadline in February.


Spencer Foundation (Lyle Spencer Research)

The Lyle Spencer Research Awards support intellectually ambitious research geared to improving the practice of education, independent of any particular reform agendas or methodological strictures. 

Scholars across a variety of disciplines and fields are encouraged to submit proposals in an effort to create much-needed space for creative and ambitious research projects that promise to advance our understanding of educational practice and its improvement.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in May.


John Templeton Foundation

A number of topics—including creativity, freedom, gratitude, love, and purpose—can be found under more than one Core Funding Area. The Foundation welcomes proposals that bring together these overlapping elements, especially by combining the tools and approaches of different disciplines. Core Funding Areas:  Science and the Big Questions, Character Virtue Development, Exceptional Cognitive Talent and Genius, and Genetics.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


Toyota USA Foundation

The Toyota U.S.A. Foundation supports K-12 education programs with a focus on math, science and environmental science. The Foundation, in collaboration with leading organizations and institutes serve diverse populations across all 50 states. The Foundation commits to enhancing the quality of education by supporting innovative programs and building partnerships with organizations dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Visit website for submission deadline.


The Wallace Foundation

The Foundation’s major initiatives are school leadership; after school, summer and extended learning time; arts education; and audience development for the arts.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadlines are usually July 1st and October 1st


Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF) - Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP)

The Student STEM Enrichment Program (SSEP) supports diverse programs with a common goal: to enable K-12 students to participate in creative, active learning STEM activities and pursue inquiry-based exploration in BWF's home state of North Carolina.

SSEP awards support career-oriented and practical programs intended to provide creative STEM enrichment activities for students in K-12 education who have shown exceptional skills and interest in science, mathematics, and computer science, as well as those perceived to have high potential. After school and out of school time programs demonstrate value in helping to close opportunity gaps for underserved and underrepresented students. SSEP programs must enable students to explore inquiry-based approaches to STEM activities, which BWF believes to be an effective way to increase students' understanding and appreciation of the scientific and inquiry-based method. To increase academic achievement, SSEP projects must provide a well-defined structure that aligns with the school-day curriculum, well-trained staff, and student follow up.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in April.


Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund

One of the many areas that the Weyerhaeuser Giving Fund supports is education and youth development.  Projects that: (1) Serve a broad range of community residents; (2) Meet an important community need; (3) Show strong support from community leaders and other funders; (4) Sustainable and managed competently with a history of accountability, results, cost-effectiveness, leadership and innovation; and (5) Provide a significant and measurable impact on quality of life.  Other areas of interest include affordable housing and shelter, environmental stewardship, human services, and civic and cultural growth.  Contact anne.leyva@weyerhaeuser.com to determine if the committee has an interest in considering your proposal.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION:  Submission deadline is usually in October.