Opportunity number
Department of Defense (DOD)
Educational Outreach Programs
Due date
May 18, 2020
Project funding
Program funding
Funding size
Project Dependent

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Outreach Programs

RFP Summary provided by the agency

The Department of Defense (DoD) is the largest employer of scientists and engineers in the United States and employs nearly half (46%) of the scientists and engineers in the Federal government. Under the Federal STEM strategic plan, the Department is charged with developing STEM initiatives that are unique to the DoD mission and also help meet national goals of: improving instruction; increasing engagement; growing the pool of STEM degree holders; broadening the participation of historically underserved groups; and improving the graduate school experience. DoD STEM represents the Department’s mission to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the educational continuum to sustain the Department’s technological edge. It is estimated that 80% of the jobs in the United States will require STEM skills in the next decade.

The Department of Defense (DoD) provides learning opportunities from elementary school through graduate school to inspire and cultivate a diverse pool of exceptional STEM talent. DoD programs connect STEM education in the classroom to the excitement, skills, and challenges that some with safeguarding the United States. For example, DoD STEM scholarships provide awards to students who have demonstrated ability and aptitude for excelling in STEM fields in disciplines of importance to DoD. DoD STEM internships allow high school and college students the opportunity to engage in hands-on research, solving real world problems at DoD laboratories and facilities

The objective of this FOA, which is being issued in accordance with 10 USC §2192, is to seek application packages from Applicants capable of engaging and improving Grades K-12 Plus (to include colleges, universities, and vocational schools) STEM skills through outreach programs and support services on a national level. The requirement for increased STEM professional development is necessary to meet the long-term national defense needs of the United States for personnel proficient in such skills.

What is the mission and focus of the program: research, social, economic or others?

Science and Technology and other Research and Development

How do you submit to this opportunity?

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Who are the target applicants: cities, universities, companies, small business, nonprofits, or others?


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