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Grant Funding Opportunities: 2/10/12

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Grant Deadlines

Deadline: 3/23/12

Agency: Motorola Solutions Foundation

Program: Innovation Generation Grants

Description: The Motorola Solutions Foundation's Innovation Generation program is designed to inspire students to learn about science and generate interest in science-related careers.  Beyond funding, we are linking recipients of the Innovation Generation grants to each other, bringing together grantees and leaders in STEM education to share best practices, leverage resources and cultivate an informed frontline of advocates to move the U.S. STEM education agenda forward.  This year’s grants will be allocated by two categories:

  • Local Impact Grants target innovative, hands-on STEM education programs for U.S. elementary through university students and teachers. Grant requests must be between $15,000 and $60,000 for projects that start after June 2012.
  • National Partnership Grants support large-scale, multi-regional STEM education programs that impact at least 150 primary participants. Grant requests must be between $50,000 and $250,000 for projects that start after June 2012. Projects may last up to one year. 

Award Amount: Award amount varies based on grant category (see above).


Eligibility: Non-Profits

Deadline: 3/31/12

Agency: US Department of Agriculture (USDA)/US Forest Service

Program: 2012 Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant

Description: These projects will use woody biomass in a bioenergy facility that uses commercially proven technologies to produce thermal, electrical or liquid/gaseous bioenergy. The funds from the Hazardous Fuels Woody Biomass Utilization Grant program must be used to further the planning of such facilities by funding the engineering services necessary for final design and cost analysis.  Examples of projects might include engineering design of a 1) woody biomass boiler for steam at a sawmill, hospital or school, 2) non-pressurized hot water system for various applications, and 3) biomass power generation facility.

Award Amount: Min $50,000; Max $250,000


Eligibility: Higher Institutions of Education, Non-Profits, For-Profits, Small Business, Governments, Other

Deadline: 4/5/12

Agency: National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Program: Innovative Neuroscience K-12 Education (SBIR)

Description: According to the website, the purpose of this grant is to develop innovative neuroscience educational tools to be used by or benefit children in kindergarten through 12th grade (K-12).Educational tools can be designed using any media (e.g., paper, electronic, etc.) or format (e.g., simulations, games, videos, notebooks, etc.) for use in or out of school settings, targeting children in groups or alone, with or without adult or teacher participation.

Award Amount: Phase 1 – max $500,000 over two years; Phase II – max $1,800,000 over three years


Eligibility: For-profits

Deadline: 4/15/12

Agency: McCarthey Dressman Education Foundation

Program: Teacher Development Grants

Description:  This program provides funding to individuals or small teams of teachers in the formation and implementation of groundbreaking collaborative K-12 classroom instruction. The grants provide opportunities for teachers to integrate fresh strategies that encourage critical inquiry and to observe their effects on students. Teachers have the opportunity to reflect and write about their projects, as well as to share their results with other teachers.

Award Amount: Grants will be awarded to individuals in amounts of up to $10,000 per year, for a maximum of three years.


Eligibility:  Applications will be considered from individuals who are licensed K-12 teachers employed in public or private schools, have the background and experience to complete the project successfully, and are willing to work in collaboration with the foundation. A project may have one to many participants involved in its planning and implementation.

Deadlines: LOIs are accepted on a rolling basis(If invited to submit a full proposal, proposals accepted on a quarterly basis – February 15, May 15, August 15, November 15)

Agency: Aetna Foundation

Program: Applicant-driven grants
Description: This foundation has three funding interests: 1) obesity, 2) racial and ethnic health care equity, and 3) integrated health care. 1) Grants for obesity are to combat the childhood obesity epidemic. 2) Grants for racial and ethnic health care equity are to reduce the disparities in such things as the infant mortality rate, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes. 3) Grants for integrated health care are to close communication gaps in the healthcare system.

Award Amount: $5,000 to $250,000


Eligibility:  Non-Profits

Deadlines: Grants are accepted on a rolling basis(Specific detailed queries must be received by mail and accompanied by C.V.s and publication lists. Based on query reviews, formal requests are either discouraged or invited.)

Agency: The Mathers Charitable Foundation

Program: Applicant-driven grants
Description: Foundation is primarily interested in supporting fundamental basic research in the life sciences. Support is provided for specific projects from established researchers at top universities and independent research institutions within the United States.

Award Amount: Varies


Eligibility:  Non-Profits (Independent and Educational Institutions)