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Upcoming Grant Opportunities and Competitions


Toyota TAPESTRY Grant Program

The program awards 50 grants of up to $10,000 each and a minimum of 20 "mini-grants" of $2,500 each to K–12 science teachers. Interested teachers should propose innovative science projects that can be implemented in their school or school district over a one-year period. Toyota TAPESTRY projects demonstrate creativity, involve risk-taking, possess a visionary quality, and model a novel way of presenting science. (Deadline—January 19, 2005)


Toshiba America Foundation

The mission of Toshiba America Foundation is to contribute to the quality of science and mathematics education in U.S. communities by investing in projects designed by classroom teachers to improve science and mathematics education for students in grades K–12.


Intel® Model Schools Program

This program gives every school in the United States a chance to apply for grants of equipment and matches companies with schools to provide innovative solutions from equipment to total web integration.


Intel Innovation in Education Grants

Intel Corporation makes grants of equipment to K–12 schools in areas where it has a major facility or to colleges and universities focusing on areas that match Intel's research interests. The focus of the Innovation in Education initiative includes support for science- math-, engineering-, and technology-focused education outreach. Local grants, managed through local site public affairs offices, are awarded to districts in which Intel has a strategic relationship.


U.S. Department of Education (ED) Technology Grant Programs

This website lists various education technology grant programs from ED’s Office of Educational Technology.


National Geographic Society Education Foundation Teacher Grants

Teacher grants are given directly to educators to facilitate their work in the classroom, school, district, and community. Teacher Grant applications are accepted in the spring from any current teacher or administrator in an accredited K–12 school within the United States or Canada. Check back in early 2005 for the 2005–2006 Teacher Grant guidelines.

American Honda Foundation Grants
The American Honda Foundation makes grants of $10,000 to $100,000 to K–12 schools, colleges, universities, trade schools, and others for programs that benefit youth and scientific education. The foundation is seeking programs that meet the following characteristics: scientific, dreamful (imaginative), creative, humanistic, youthful, innovative, and forward thinking. For more information, call Kathy Carey at 310-781-4090, or access the website below. (Deadline—November 1, 2004)


Dow K12 Education Grants

The company has made available $20 million in grant funds to support proposed initiatives concentrating on math and science, teacher training, and parental involvement for K–12 school districts. Grant proposals should focus on providing K–12 students with science and engineering experiences, giving teachers the training to conduct these experiences, and fostering parental and community involvement. School districts and school boards nationwide, as well as programs that promote systemic educationreform in math and science, are eligible to apply. Special attention is given to school districts around communities where Dow is located.



Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards

Looking for a unique project that stimulates students to think outside the box about science and technology? A project that challenges them to consider how science and technology can change the future? A research project that combines scientific principles, imagination, problem solving, and the chance to win prizes?  The Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision Awards competition for K–12 students offers all that and more.  Now in its 13th year, ExploraVision invites student teams to explore a vision of a technology that could exist 20 years from now. All student participants receive gifts, along with special prizes for regional and honorable mention winners. National winners each receive up to $10,000 in U.S. savings bonds and a trip to Washington, D.C. For more information, to obtain entry materials, or to view past ExploraVision winners' projects, e-mail exploravison@nsta.org, or call 800-EXPLOR9. (Deadline—February 1, 2005)


Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards

The program challenges students to use creativity and imagination along with science, technology, and mechanical ability to invent or modify a tool. Students must work independently to conceive and design their tool inventions. With guidance from a teacher-advisor, parent, or significant adult, student competitors design and build a tool. The tool must perform a practical function, including (but not limited to) tools that mend, make life easier or safer in some way, entertain, or solve an everyday problem.

Two national winners (one from grades 2–5 and one from grades 6–8) will each receive a $10,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond. The 10 national finalists (five from each grade category) will each receive a $5,000 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond. The winning teachers and schools will receive prizes from Sears, Roebuck and Co. retail stores. Twelve second-place regional winners (six from each grade category) will each receive a $500 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond. The 12 third-place regional winners (six from each grade category) will each receive a $250 U.S. Series EE Savings Bond. (Deadline—March 15, 2005)


2004–2005 Siemens Westinghouse Competition

A signature program of the New Jersey-based Siemens Foundation, the Siemens Westinghouse Competition is a leading research-based science and math competition for high school students.

The competition awards college scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $100,000. This year, the Siemens Foundation will recognize high schools whose students are selected as regional finalists with a new $2,000 award; the award will support each school's science, math, and technology programs. (Deadline—October 1, 2004)


2005 Team America Rocketry Challenge

The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced that the American Association of Physics Teachers will serve as the Challenge's sole educational partner for its 2005 competition. Sponsored by AIA and the National Association of Rocketry, the Challenge is the world's largest model rocket contest for middle and high school students. The 2005 contest will celebrate the "World Year in Physics," which marks the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein's publication of five important papers describing ideas that have since influenced all of modern physics. The contest requires that teams be made up of 3 to 15 students currently enrolled in grades 7–12 in a U.S. school. The top 10 teams will share a grand prize pool of more than $60,000 in cash and savings bonds.  (Deadline—November 30, 2004)


Christopher Columbus Awards Program

Sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation in cooperation with the National Science Foundation, this national competition combines science and technology with community problem solving in a real-world setting. With the help of an adult coach, middle school students work in teams to identify an issue they care about and use science and technology to develop an innovative solution. Participating in the Christopher Columbus Awards program is a cross-curricular activity that meets science education standards. Eight finalist teams and their coaches will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World® to attend National Championship Week, plus a $200 grant to further develop their ideas. Two gold-medal-winning teams will receive a $2,000 U.S. Savings Bond and a plaque for each team member, along with a plaque for their school. One team will receive the $25,000 Columbus Foundation Community Grant as seed money to help bring its idea to life in the community. (Deadline—February 14, 2005)


RadioShack National Teacher Awards

Each year, these awards honor 110 of our nation's outstanding mathematics, science, and technology high school teachers. The award program seeks exceptional, innovative teachers who instill a spirit of intellectual curiosity, innovation, and competitiveness into today's students. Nominated by their high school principals and administrators, these outstanding teachers will share more than $300,000 in cash awards, and they will be recognized for their excellent work as exceptional role models within their profession.


Earthwatch Institute's 2005 Student Challenge Awards Program

U.S. students (ages 16 and older) receiving these awards spend two to three weeks in the summer assisting professional scientists with ongoing research projects across North America. Awards cover students’ travel costs and living expenses at the research site. To enter, students must be nominated by a teacher, principal, or guidance counselor from their school. Contact 800-776-0188, ext. 116, or SCAP@earthwatch.org for more information. (Deadline—December 6, 2004)


2005 DisneyHand Teacher Awards

Since 1989, Disney has saluted more than 500 exemplary teachers in prekindergarten through 12th grade for innovative teaching methods that actively engage students in learning. The focus of the DisneyHand Teacher Awards is to recognize the teaching profession, showcase creativity in the classroom, and honor those who can assist in developing creative teaching strategies in their school districts. Teachers can be nominated by students, former students, students' parents, principals, or members of the community by calling 877-282-8322, or logging on to the website below. (Deadline—October 15, 2004)