Informal STEM Education projects are funded through a variety of sources, both public and private. The InformalScience.org repository includes project descriptions that are funded through the NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program, as well as through a growing number of federal and private funding mechanisms.
Examples of Funding Opportunities
U.S. National Science Foundation
- NSF Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) and other Education and Human Resources (EHR) programs
- As co-funded projects by AISL and other NSF programs and/or directorates, e.g. as part of Broader Impacts activities connected to STEM research
Other Federal Agencies
- National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Competitive Program for Science Museums, Planetariums, and NASA Visitor Centers Plus Other Opportunities (CP4SMPVC+)
- National Institutes of Health (NIH) Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA)
- Institute of Museum and Library Services
- National Endowment for the Humanities
- Science Learning + (A collaboration between the NSF AISL program, the Wellcome Trust. and the Noyce, MacArthur and Moore Foundations)
For more information about these and other federal and private funding opportunities, visit our Calendar.
Grant Management from NSF
Managing a funded project from the planning through implementation, evaluation, documentation, reporting and dissemination stages requires vigilance and rigorous data collection. The National Science Foundation provides management requirements and guidance for projects it funds.