Teach Earth Opportunities for Teachers

Are you an ambitious and dedicated teacher who wants real life experience to share with your students?  If so, this opportunity from Earthwatch is for you:

“Teach Earth is built upon the principle that every individual can contribute to a sustainable planet, regardless of scientific background or skill. Each year, we select talented teachers from all subject areas to work side by side with world-class scientists on field research expeditions around the world.”


Applications are due December 18, 2016.

You can find more information and the full application by clicking HERE.



Department of Energy – STEM Funds Available for Higher Ed


The U.S. Department of Energy has a ongoing funding program for Higher Education through their Office of Science Financial Assistance Program.  They are currently seeking grant applications in following fields: Advanced Scientific Computing Research, Basic Energy Sciences, Biological and Environmental Research, Fusion Energy Sciences, High Energy Physics, and Nuclear Physics.

Each fiscal year, this program offers up to $400 million in grant funds to eligible recipients.

The current program has an application deadline of September 30, 2016, but new guidelines for fiscal year 2017 will be released on or before that date.

If you would like suggestions on how your institution could utilize these funds, or would like help applying for a grant, contact BRI.


The Struggles of Great Scientists

Did you know that great scientists like Albert Einstein often struggled through poverty, loss, and harrowing family strife?

A recent article in the Journal of Educational Psychology details how today’s students can overcome such obstacles to do well in math and science classes despite the common misconception that success is only possible if one is born with exceptional talent.

You can read the full article by clicking HERE.





Grants Available for Atomic, Molecular and Quantum Physics



ONR_red_blue_150dpiThe Office of Naval Research announces their grant program for Atomic, Molecular, and Quantum Physics.  This physics program “seeks proposals with the aim of advancing fundamental science and technology for future naval applications in the areas of navigation, timekeeping and sensing.”  The Navy is proud of their long history of innovation in the field of timekeeping.  They’re accepting proposals for both theoretical and experimental and especially encourage innovative ideas.   Applications will be accepted from colleges, universities, and also private industry.

To read the full details of this grant opportunity, visit the Grants.gov site for more details.   Applications will be accepted until October 28, 2016.


Do You Love Your Librarian?


ilml2016-250-400-logosDoes your library improve your quality of life? Does your librarian make your library a better place? Has your librarian made a difference in your community?  If so, it’s time to nominate your librarian for some well deserved recognition!

The Love My Librarian program, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), seeks to recognize 10 librarians with a $5,000 cash prize. Winners are also given a plaque and a travel stipend to attend the awards reception in New York City.

If you wish to nominate a librarian, he or she must have a master’s degree in library and information sciences or a master’s degree with a specialty in school library media. Nominations are open to any librarian working in the US in a public library, a library at a 2-year or 4-year college or university, or a K-12 school.

Nominations are open until September 19, 2016.




Jaime Escalante Stamp Unveiled

Jaime Escalante of Stand and Deliver fame now has a stamp with his likeness available through the United States Post Office.

Escalante used innovative teaching methods in his East Los Angeles math classroom in the 1970s through the early 1990s. His students had previously been labeled as “unteachable,” but he demonstrated the importance of math and education to all students that crossed his path.

For further information about the historic stamp visit the United States Postal Service.


“We are all concerned about the future of American education. But as I tell my students, you do not enter the future – you create the future. The future is created through hard work.” –Jaime Escalante


STEM Higher Education Grants Available From Alfred P. Sloan Foundation


The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announces that their funding programs make grants available to Higher Education for STEM focus.  A key feature of this foundation is that they make funding available year-round, and have many program opportunities in varied fields.  Instead of offering specific grant opportunities with limited scope, they instead publish a list showing “what we do not fund,” giving applicants much more freedom in their applications.

Grants are generally not made to individuals or for-profit institutions. To read their grant proposal guidelines, find application forms, or to learn more, visit their website here.

If you you’d like ideas on ways to leverage their funding opportunities to help your College or Institution, please contact Brockport Research Institute.


New STEM Education NSF Grant Available

A new grant is available through the National Science Foundation for K-12 STEM teachers. The program will allow scientists and university professors to partner with schools to bring new research and science knowledge to elementary and high school classrooms.

“The Directorate for Engineering (ENG) and the Directorate for Computer and Information Science and Engineering (CISE), have joined to support the Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Engineering and Computer Science program. This program supports active long-term collaborative partnerships between K-12 Science, Technology, Engineering, Computer and Information Science, and Mathematics (STEM) teachers and community college and university faculty and students to bring knowledge of engineering or computer and information science and engineering as well as technological innovation to pre-college/community college classrooms.”

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The proposal dealing is November 1, 2016.  For more information visit the National Science Foundation by clicking here.

Need help with your application?  Contact BRI HERE.


Advanced Technological Education Program Partners Colleges and Industry

NSFlogo_blueThe Advanced Technological Education program from the National Science Foundation (NSF) seeks to join colleges and industry to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary school levels.  “With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation’s economy.”  Funding from the ATE program can be used for professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers, the development of career pathways to two-year colleges from secondary schools and from two-year colleges to four-year institutions, and other activities. They are especially seeking applications from Minority Serving Institutions.

Information on previously funded proposals and full winning grant abstracts can be viewed on the NSF ATE Awards site.

Proposal deadline is October 6, 2016.


Kurt Weill Foundation Offers Grant Program for Musical Performance and Research


The Kurt Weill Foundation offers a grant program with financial awards for both individuals and not-for-profit organizations for research pertaining to the musical works of Kurt Weill, Marc Blitzstein, and Lotte Lenya. They also offer awards to not-for-profit organizations for performances of the musical works of Kurt Weill and Marc Blitzstein.  These grants provide a wonderful opportunity for organizations to launch stage and theater productions of the famous works of Weill and Blitzstein, including The Threepenny Opera.

The deadline for applications is November 1, 2016 for all projects and performances taking place on or after January 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

To read full details about the grant program, visit the Kurt Weill Foundation website. If you’d like help applying for this grant, please contact Brockport Research Institute.