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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Education, Outreach, and Workforce Program (STEM)

Grants to USA Nonprofits and IHEs to
Cultivate a Strong STEM Workforce

Agency Type:

Federal

Funding Source:

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Office of Naval Research (ONR)

LOI Date:

07/31/18

Deadline Date:

09/28/18 11:59 PM ET Receipt

Description:

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Grants to USA nonprofit organizations and IHEs to promote a world-class workforce in the STEM fields. Initial applications are due no later than July 31. Applicants are advised that registration in the online grants system may take up to four weeks to complete.

Program Description:

The ONR seeks a broad range of applications for augmenting existing or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, or cultivate a diverse, world-class STEM workforce in order to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of any proposed effort must provide solutions that will establish and maintain pathways of diverse U.S. citizens who are interested in uniformed or civilian DoN (or Navy and Marine Corps) STEM workforce opportunities.

As the capacity of the DoN Science and Technology (S&T) workforce is interconnected with the basic research enterprise and STEM education system, ONR recognizes the need to support efforts that can jointly improve STEM student outcomes and align educational efforts with Naval S&T current and future workforce needs. This announcement explicitly encourages projects that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences for students and workers. Submissions are encouraged to consider including active learning approaches and incorporating 21st century skill development. Projects must aim to increase student and worker engagement in STEM and enhance people with needed Naval STEM capabilities. ONR encourages applications to utilize current STEM educational research for informing project design and advancing our understanding of how and why people choose STEM careers and opportunities of naval relevance.

While this announcement is relevant for any stage of the STEM educational system, funding efforts will be targeted primarily toward projects addressing the below communities or any combination of these communities:
-Secondary education communities;
-Post-Secondary communities;
-Informal science communities;
-Current naval STEM workforce communities.

Project scope may range in size and complexity. Projects that are already established with prior funding sources or have established stakeholders are especially encouraged to consider the following scope areas:

-Develop and implement exploratory pilot projects that seek to create new educational experiences within educational and training communities.

-Develop larger cohesive STEM education and training activities that strengthen the capacity of regional communities and stakeholders to improve STEM education and training.

-Establish meetings of stakeholders that must seek to connect relevant people and organizations to explicitly develop broader projects for impacting entire communities.

-The technical content of any idea must establish naval relevance within the priority areas as outlined in the “Naval Research and Development Framework and Addendum”, https://www.onr.navy.mil/our-research/naval-research-framework.

Broad priority areas are as follows:
-Augmented Warfighter
-Integrated & Distributed Forces
-Operational Endurance
-Sensing & Sense-Making
-Scalable Lethality

While not a formal requirement or program focus of this FOA, applicants are strongly encouraged to consider under-represented and under-served populations including women and minorities in project plans. Special audience priority areas may include, but not be limited to, military dependent children, veteran initiatives, and education systems integral to naval science and technology. All efforts should improve education and training outcomes and connections to naval STEM careers.

Applicants are encouraged to understand the significant reorganization of STEM funding across the Federal government. Applicants seeking to improve general national STEM performance rather than a focus on Naval workforce needs, and particularly efforts aimed at the P/K-9 levels, are encouraged to seek funding from one of the designated lead agencies: The Department of Education, the National Science Foundation, or the Smithsonian Institution.

White papers should:
-Be innovative and novel to address the program description;
-Create meaningful content and participant experiences that meet Naval STEM education and workforce priorities, and that will expose participants to elements such as Navy and Marine Corps STEM skills, content, careers, facilities and personnel (uniformed, civilian, active duty or retired);
-Collect a set of program-specific measures of performance and measures of effectiveness appropriate to the goals of the project;
-Contain a strategy for self-sufficiency, such that following the completion of ONR's investment, the effort will have a clear financial sustainability path and leave enduring organizational capability; and
-Be distinct from those types of efforts requested by ONR's Long Range BAA.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 151207

Estimated Total Program Funding:

$6,250,000

Number of Grants:

ONR intends to award approximately twenty-five (25) awards.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Each individual award will be up to a maximum of $250,000 per year.

Term of Contract:

Each individual award will be issued with one-year (1) option periods, for up to three (3) years. Option years will be funded incrementally based on applicant performance and adherence to established execution benchmarks.

ONR expects projects to be completed within the performance period. Any requests for no-cost extensions must be fully justified and submitted no later than 60 days before the end of the period of performance.

The estimated start date of the grant is June 2019.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All responsible sources from academia and nonprofit organizations may submit white papers under this FOA. Foreign entities will not be considered.

Federally Funded Research & Development Centers (FFRDCs), including Department of Energy National Laboratories, are not eligible to receive awards under this FOA. However, teaming arrangements between FFRDCs and eligible principal applicants are allowed so long as they are permitted under the sponsoring agreement between the Government and the specific FFRDC.

Navy laboratories, military universities, and warfare centers as well as other Department of Defense and civilian agency laboratories are also not eligible to receive awards under this FOA and must not submit either white papers or applications in response to this FOA. If any such organization is interested in the program described herein, the organization may contact ONR STEM Program Office to discuss potential projects. As with FFRDCs, these types of Federal organizations may team with eligible applicants from that are submitting white papers under this FOA.

University Affiliated Research Centers (UARC) are eligible to submit white papers under this FOA unless precluded from doing so by their Department of Defense UARC contract.

Proposers whose efforts are primarily to purchase supplies and materials, cover the cost of student tuition, stipends, labor, internship costs, or provide salary and/or travel support are discouraged from applying.

Pre-Application Information:

Cost sharing is not expected and will not be used as a factor during the merit review of any application hereunder. However, the Government may consider voluntary cost sharing if proposed.

Applicants must obtain a DUNS number, register with the System for Award Management (SAM), and register with Grants.gov.

The registration process can take up to four weeks to complete. Therefore, registration should be done in sufficient time to ensure it does not impact your ability to meet required application submission deadlines.

White papers are a mandatory component of a two-part submission process. White papers must not be submitted through the Grants.gov application process. Instead, white papers are to be submitted via email to the attention of Dr. Michael Simpson.

The due date and time for receipt of white papers begins on April 2, 2018 and ends on July 31, 2018 (Tuesday) at 5:00 PM Eastern Time. White papers received outside the established dates above time will not be considered under any circumstance.

Once the initial evaluation of white papers are completed, applicants will be notified via email of their project’s status on or about August 31, 2018 (Friday)..

Applications may only be submitted by invitation and received electronically through Grants.gov no later than September 28, 2018 (Friday) at 11:59 PM Eastern Time.

It is anticipated that final selections for award will be made on or about November 15, 2018 (Thursday).

Schedule of Events:
-Questions Regarding white papers: July 20, 2018 (Friday)
-White Papers Due: between April 2, 2018 and July 31, 2018 (Tuesday), 5:00 PM Eastern Time
-Notification of Evaluations of White Papers: August 31, 2018 (day)
-Questions Regarding Applications: September 18, 2018 (Tuesday)
-Applications Due: September 28, 2018 (Friday), 11:59 PM Eastern Time
-Notification of Selection for Award: November 15, 2018 (Thursday)
-Estimated award date of grant: March 2019
-Estimated start date of grant: June 2019

View this opportunity on Grants.gov:
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/search-grants.html?keywords=N00014-18-S-F003

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Questions about technical nature and/or funding should be be submitted to:

Dr. Michael Simpson
Director of Education and Workforce Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington VA 22203-1995
onr_stem@navy.mil

Questions of a business nature should be submitted to:

Mr. David Broadwell
Grants Officer
Office of Naval Research
875 North Randolph Street
Arlington VA 22203-1995
david.broadwell@navy.mil

CFDA Number:

12.330

Funding or Pin Number:

N00014-18-S-F003

URL for Full Text (RFP):

Geographic Focus:

USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

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