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Kelly Lane Earth and Space Science Grant

Grants to South Dakota Science and Math
Teachers to Enhance STEM Education

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NASA South Dakota Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC)

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Grants of up to $5,000 to South Dakota math or science teachers to enhance the quality of pre-college STEM education. Funding may be used for educational programs that engage students in STEM disciplines.

Eligible expenses include supplies or travel to attend or present workshops; to develop new curriculum, media, or programs; or any other activity consistent with the goal of strengthening STEM education. When supplies are purchased, they must be purchased directly by SDSGC through the grant and shipped/delivered to the teacher’s school. To facilitate ordering, the teacher must supply the ordering information to SDSGC including specific details on the supplies they wish to order (e.g., vendor, item numbers, price, etc). Supplies purchased through the grant become the property of the teacher’s school.

About the Award:

The Kelly Lane Earth and Space Grant was established in 2006 in honor of Kelly Lane, who retired from teaching science at Douglas Middle School. Through his pioneering efforts in the use of geospatial technology, Kelly helped to inspire countless students and fellow teachers and to advance the use of technology to foster better comprehension of the physical and biological sciences.


The purpose of the award is to recognize and support outstanding teachers and innovative educational programs at the pre-college level. The SDSGC believes that early engagement of students in STEM disciplines will yield long-term benefits to the state including a strengthened higher education system and a more diverse technological workforce. The application must demonstrate how the proposed program or activity will support these long-term goals.

Selection Criteria:

Grant applications will be evaluated by the SDSGC Management Team. Important review criteria include:
1. Does the applicant offer a clear plan to inspire and engage students in STEM?
2. How will the activity be sustained beyond the grant period?
3. Beyond the impact on the grantee, what are the broader impacts on students, other teachers, or administrators?

In the end, however, the SDSGC is most interested in innovative, grassroots ideas from teachers in South Dakota classrooms. Preference will be given to applications focusing on topics pertaining to space science, earth science, and/or the use geospatial technology, and to applicants who have not won this award in the past 12 years.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 177959

Estimated Size of Grant:

Up to $5,000

Term of Contract:

Funds must be used no longer than 1 year from grant award.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Grant applications are encouraged from any science or math teacher at a public, private, or tribal school in South Dakota.

The SDSGC recognizes that STEM education encompasses a broad spectrum of physical and biological sciences, mathematics, and related fields, and teachers from any STEM-related field are eligible.

All persons receiving NASA Space Grant funds must be U.S. citizens.

Funds may not be used to supplement or replace teacher salary. No computer or clothing purchases are allowed. No F&A (overhead or indirect) costs are allowed.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications are due by January 10, 2019.

The 2019 grant winner(s) will be announced at the February 7-9, 2019 joint conference of the South Dakota Science and Math Teachers in Huron, SD, with information on the project posted shortly thereafter online.

Any “in-kind” or cash match as cost-sharing is not a requirement for selection, but is welcome if it can be provided.

Applicants may wish to consult NASA’s Education Implementation Plan for alignment with the Agency’s strategic objectives.

Contact Information:

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

Applications must be received as a single electronic file via email to:
Tom Durkin, Deputy Director

South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
501 East Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701-3995

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Geographic Focus:

USA: South Dakota