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The Shaffer Evaluation Group team has selected grant opportunities with our clients in mind

If you would like more information on the following funding opportunities contact Shaffer Evaluation Group for assistance.


Featured Grant:
Research and Education Program for Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Minority-Serving Institutions

Department of Defense


August 16, 2021

The Department of Defense (DoD) is soliciting applications for the acquisition of equipment/instrumentation under the Fiscal Year 2022 Research and Education Program for HBCU/MI. The Research and Education Program is designed to enhance the research capabilities of HBCUs and MIs and to strengthen their STEM education programs. The purpose of funding under this Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is to (1) support the acquisition of equipment/instrumentation to augment existing capabilities or to develop new capabilities in research areas of interest to DoD, and (2) attract students to pursue studies leading to STEM careers. Although funding provided under this FOA cannot be used for student support, in order to further DoD’s objective of attracting students to pursue studies leading to STEM careers, applicants must address the impact of the requested equipment/instrumentation on student participation in research.

Eligible candidates include institutions of higher education eligible for assistance under Title III or V of the Higher Education Act of 1965  accredited postsecondary minority institutions.

Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources

National Science Foundation


July 21, 2021

Through the NSF Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) initiative, the agency continues to make a substantial commitment to the highest caliber undergraduate STEM education through a Foundation-wide framework of investments. The IUSE: EHR is a core NSF STEM education program that seeks to promote novel, creative, and transformative approaches to generating and using new knowledge about STEM teaching and learning to improve STEM education for undergraduate students.

In pursuit of this goal, IUSE: EHR supports projects that seek to bring recent advances in STEM knowledge into undergraduate education, that adapt, improve, and incorporate evidence-based practices into STEM teaching and learning, and that lay the groundwork for institutional improvement in STEM education. The IUSE: EHR program features two tracks: (1) Engaged Student Learning and (2) Institutional and Community Transformation.

Eligible applicants include all institutions of higher education and associated organizations.

Open Outdoors for Kids Grant Program

National Park Foundation


July 30, 2021

The Open OutDoors for Kids (OOK) grant program strives to aid national parks and partners in the discovery of learning modules that work best to connect fourth graders of Title I schools to your special places. Therefore, this year’s grant is intended to support a wider range of OOK program needs, including temporary staff/interns, new content development, equipment, and program marketing for both onsite and synchronous and asynchronous distance learning fourth-grade classroom engagement.

Eligible applicants include institutions serving Title 1 Fourth Graders.

Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program

Department of Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


August 11, 2021

The Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) program supports high-quality programs designed to develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade in high-need local educational agencies (LEAs) and schools.


The Department of Education intends to promote innovative literacy programs that support the development of literacy skills in low-income communities, including programs that:

  • develop and enhance effective school library programs, which may include providing professional development for school librarians, books, and up-to-date materials to high-need schools

  • provide early literacy services, including pediatric literacy programs through which, during well-child visits, medical providers trained in research-based methods of early language and literacy promotion provide developmentally appropriate books and recommendations to parents to encourage them to read aloud to their children starting in infancy

  • provide high-quality books on a regular basis to children and adolescents from low-income communities to increase reading motivation, performance, and frequency.

Eligible applicants include LEAs in which 20% or more of students served by the LEA are from families with an income below the poverty line.

Teacher and School Leader Incentive Program

Department of Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


August 13, 2021

The purpose of the Teacher and School Leader (TSL) Incentive Program is to assist States, local educational agencies (LEAs), and nonprofit organizations to develop, implement, improve, or expand comprehensive Performance-Based Compensation Systems (PBCS) or Human Capital Management Systems (HCMS) for teachers, principals, and other School Leaders (educators), especially for educators in High-Need Schools who raise student growth and academic achievement and close the achievement gap between high- and low-performing students.


In addition, a portion of TSL funds may be used to study the effectiveness, fairness, quality, consistency, and reliability of PBCS or HCMS for educators.

Eligible applicants include an LEA, a State educational agency, the Bureau of Indian Education, or a partnership of the previously listed agencies.

Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

National Science Foundation


August 31, 2021

The National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Noyce) invites innovative proposals that address the critical need for recruiting, preparing, and retaining highly effective elementary and secondary mathematics and science teachers and teacher leaders in high-need school districts.


To achieve this goal, Noyce supports talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) undergraduate majors and professionals to become effective K-12 STEM teachers. It also supports experienced, exemplary K-12 STEM teachers to become teacher leaders in high-need school districts. In addition, Noyce supports research on the effectiveness and retention of K-12 STEM teachers in high-need school districts. 

Eligible applicants include Institutions of Higher Education accredited in, and having a campus located in the U.S.; consortia of such institutions; or U.S. nonprofit organizations (e.g., nonprofit research institutions, research museums) offering a teacher education or residency program.

Business and International Education (BIE) Program

Department of Education

Office of Postsecondary Education


September 12, 2021

The Department of Education (DOE) Office of Postsecondary Education (OPE) is seeking proposals for their Business and International Education (BIE) Program. The BIE Program provides grants to enhance international business education programs and to expand the capacity of the business community to engage in international economic activities.

To qualify at the time of submission of their applications, applicants must be institutions of higher education (IHEs) that have entered into agreements with business enterprises, trade organizations, or associations that are engaged in international economic activity--or a consortium of these enterprises, organizations, or associations--for the purposes of pursuing the activities authorized under this program.

American Rescue Plan-American Indian Resilience in Education 

Department of Education

Office of Elementary and Secondary Education


September 13, 2021

The purpose of the ARP-AIRE program is to support Tribal educational agencies (TEAs) in the provision of direct services to Indian children and youth. Projects must include one or more of the activities authorized under section 6121(c) of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965, as amended (ESEA).
Background: ARP-AIRE is a one-time discretionary grant competition authorized under Section 11006(1) of the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARP) to provide awards to TEAs for activities authorized under section 6121(c) of the ESEA in order to meet the urgent needs of students in response to the Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. Those activities include a broad range of direct services to Indian children and youth, their teachers, and families.

To qualify at the time of submission of their applications, applicants must be TEAs, including a consortium of TEAs.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research

National Science Foundation


October 5, 2021

The Historically Black Colleges and Universities - Excellence in Research (HBCU-EiR) program was established in response to direction provided in the Senate Commerce and Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee Report (Senate Report 115-139), and is built on prior and continuing efforts by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen research capacity at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). EiR supports such capacity building by funding research projects aligned with NSF’s research programs. The program aims to establish stronger connections between researchers at HBCUs and NSF’s research programs.

Eligible applicants are limited to accredited Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that have faculty members who conduct research in science and/or engineering and/or STEM education.

EHR Core Research (ECR) Program

National Science Foundation


October 7, 2021

The EHR Core Research (ECR) program offers this solicitation and invites proposals for fundamental research -- curiosity-driven basic research and use-inspired basic research -- that contributes to the general, explanatory knowledge that underlies STEM education in one or more of the three broadly conceived. Research on STEM Learning and Learning Environments, Research on Broadening Participation in STEM fields, and Research on STEM Workforce Development. Within this framework, the ECR program supports a wide range of fundamental STEM education research activities, aimed at learners of all groups and ages in formal and informal settings.

Fundamental research generates knowledge and understanding with the potential for broad relevance. The potential implications of ECR fundamental research for improving STEM education practice may be indirect and long-term rather than direct and immediate. Moreover, whether they include basic or use-inspired basic research, all successful ECR: Core proposals focus on the advancement or refinement of foundational knowledge for STEM education.

There are no restrictions on eligibility.

FY 21 Department of Navy Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematic, Education and Workforce Program

Department of the Navy


October 8, 2021

The Office of Naval Research (ONR) is interested in receiving a broad range of proposals for augmenting existing and/or developing innovative solutions that directly maintain, and/or cultivate a diverse, world-class Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce to maintain the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps’ technological superiority. The goal of proposed efforts must provide solutions that establish, build, and/or maintain STEM educational pathways of U.S. citizens directly relevant to the needs of Department of Navy’s (DON) current and future workforce.

Eligible candidates include public and state controlled institutions of higher education and private institutions of higher education.

Advanced Technological Education

National Science Foundation


October 14, 2021

With a focus on two-year Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs), the Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program supports the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy.


The program involves partnerships between academic institutions (grades 7-12, IHEs), industry, and economic development agencies to promote improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and secondary institution school levels.


The ATE program supports:

  • curriculum development

  • professional development of college faculty and secondary school teachers

  • career pathways

  • other activities.


The program invites applied research proposals that advance the knowledge base related to technician education. It is required that projects be faculty-driven and that courses and programs are credit-bearing, although materials developed may also be used for incumbent worker education.


Institutions of higher education are eligible to apply.

Tribal Colleges and Universities Program

National Science Foundation


October 15, 2021

The Tribal Colleges and Universities Program (TCUP) provides awards to federally recognized Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions to promote

  • High-quality science and STEM education, research, and outreach

    • including sociology, psychology, anthropology, linguistics, economics and bioeconomics, statistics, and other social and behavioral sciences; natural sciences; computer science, including, but not limited to, artificial intelligence, quantum information science, and cybersecurity


Support is available to TCUP-eligible institutions for transformative capacity-building or community engagement projects through multiple funding tracks:

  • Instructional Capacity Excellence in TCUP Institutions (ICE-TI)

  • Targeted STEM Infusion Projects (TSIP)

  • TCUP for Secondary and Elementary Teachers in STEM (TSETS)

  • TCU Enterprise Advancement Centers (TEA Centers)

  • Cyberinfrastructure Health, Assistance, and Improvements (CHAI)

  • Preparing for TCUP Implementation (Pre-TI)


Organizations eligible to submit TCUP proposals are federally recognized Tribal Colleges and Universities, Alaska Native-serving institutions, and Native Hawaiian-serving institutions.

Advancing Informal STEM Learning

National Science Foundation


January 18, 2022

The Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL) program seeks to advance new approaches to evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.

The AISL program supports six types of projects:

  • Pilots and Feasibility Studies

  • Research in Service to Practice

  • Innovations in Development

  • Broad Implementation

  • Literature Reviews, Syntheses, or Meta-Analyses

  • Conferences


Eligibility for this program is unrestricted.