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Activities and Opportunities for University Faculty


Below is information on STEMinars (faculty PD), Travel Enrichment Funds, and Grants.


STEMinars are monthly information meetings for faculty and the community interested in STEM education to share ideas, research and interests related to STEM outreach, recruitments, retention, pedagogy, curriculum and best practices. Current information is posted on STEMinar Presentations.

College of Arts and Sciences Travel Enrichment Fund for Faculty

Travel Enrichment funds have been designated for the use of CAS faculty for attending a conference as a presenter or to conduct research. Applications for anything other than these two purposes will not be accepted. Participation in internships, study abroad programs, summer schools, seminars and workshops are not eligible for funding. Deadlines are July 15, Oct. 15, and March 15 of each year.

For more information, visit:                                                                                                                 See the link marked: Faculty Form

 Grant Information

Grant information is sent out to CRISTAL Membership via email newsletters, as well as posted on this page. The grants listed below are normally given our yearly, but due to the federal grants sequester, many of these opportunities may be changing.  Please be watching our grants newsletter for the most up-to-date postings or check the NSF site directly.

PIVOT-Grant Research Tool

Interested in researching grant opportunities?  Go to the the Research Support Services link to learn more about COS-Pivot, a search engine available to faculty through U of M at 

Grant Writing Tips

Avoid some common pitfalls in grant writing. The article below (Ten Errors Proposal Teams Should Avoid) is very helpful:

This document is essential for writing NSF Grants: Common Guidelines for Education Research and Development. See

STEM Grants Guide

Below is a PDF of the latest version of the STEM Grants Guide with grant information and due dates are listed by month. 2013-2014 STEM Grants Guide

Upcoming 2014-2015 NSF Grants

Looking for an upcoming NSF grant?  This site is very useful:

Typical NSF Grants that are usually available include:

 NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL). Due November 14).

Invests in research and development of innovative and field-advancing out-of-school STEM learning and emerging STEM learning environments to:

  • Expand access to the highest quality STEM resources
  • Contribute new research that advances informal learning
  • Engage the public in novel, real-time and simulated experiences with scientific phenomena, and
  • Advance STEM engagement through exhibits, programs, and other experiences at science centers, museums, zoos, etc.
  • Web site:
  • Awards range from 1-5 years up to 1.5 million

NSF Math Science Partnership (MSP). Due September 1.

NSF Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST). Due November 16.

ITEST seeks:

  • To develop, implement and evaluate interventions that encourage K-12 students to develop interest in and to prepare for careers in the STEM and information and communications technology (ICT) workforce
  • To produce research findings that build knowledge about approaches, models, and interventions, and
  • To equip teachers with the resources to ensure students consider choosing STEM and ICT careers
  • Web site:
  • Awards are for up to 3 years for up to $1.2 million

NSF Discovery Research K-12 (DRK12). Due October 16.

  • Seeks to enhance the learning and teaching STEM by preK-12 students, teachers, administrators, and parents
  • Emphasis on research projects focused on innovative resources, models and tools
  • Web site:
  • Awards range from 2-4 years and from $450,000 to $4,000,000

NSF Research on Education and Learning (REAL). Letter of Intent-TBD-Usually October. Grant Due-Usually January)._

  • Represents the substantive foci of three previous EHR programs: Research and Evaluation on Education in Science and Engineering (REESE), Research in Disabilities Education (RDE), and Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE). 
  • Emphasis placed on the accumulation of robust evidence to inform efforts to
    • (a) understand,
    • (b) build theory to explain, and (
    • c) suggest interventions (and innovations) to address persistent challenges in STEM interest, education, learning, and participation.

Other Grants

  • U.S. Dept. of Education Institute of Education Sciences
    • Mathematics and Science Education
    • Education Technology
    • Effective Teachers and Effective Teaching
    • Early Learning Programs
    • Special Education
    • Postsecondary and Adult Education
  • THEC Improving Teacher Quality Grants (Announcements are typically made in Aug. of each year with RFP attached, and submissions due in October).
  • TBR Research Grants (Information is usually disseminated in November of each year).
  • U of M Faculty Research Grants

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Phone: (901) 678-3418

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