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Federal funding opportunities for science centers

Recently, we’ve seen an increased public awareness about the importance of STEM education and the need to strengthen STEM capabilities more broadly, and public and private investments are integral to these efforts. In the United States alone, 13 federal agencies have committed over $3.4 billion to more than 250 different programs in support of STEM education. ASTC 2012 features a number of sessions led by U.S. federal agency representatives where attendees can learn more about current funding opportunities and how to submit successful applications.

The Institute of Museum and Library Services: Advancing Science-Technology Centers
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) program staff will share insights on IMLS’ new strategic plan and associated changes in its competitive funding programs targeted to science and technology centers for 2013, highlighting elements of successful applications. The panel will include museum professionals who will share practical examples from their own experiences with IMLS programs.
Session Leader: Christopher J. Reich, Associate Deputy Director for Museums, Institute of Museum and Library Services, Washington, DC
Sunday, October 14, 12:30 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Add To Calendar

Strategic Opportunities at NASA and NOAA: Grants, Partnerships, Content Resources
Education Managers from NOAA and NASA (including from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) discuss competitive grants, strategic alliances, and other opportunities supporting the practice of informal science education. This roundtable also examines how Congress, the Office of Science and Technology Policy, and the Government Accountability Office may change education and outreach at NASA and NOAA.
Session Leader: Mary Frances Sladek, Manager of Informal Education, NASA Headquarters, Washington, DC
Monday, October 15, 10:45 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Add To Calendar

Roundtable Talks: Submitting Competitive NSF Informal Science Education Proposals
Come learn valuable tips for writing and submitting competitive proposals from ISE Program Officers and Principal Investigators who’ve had success writing competitive proposals and receiving funding. Brief general remarks will also be provided regarding the current solicitation, merit review criteria, and the proposal submission process.
Session Leader: Dennis Schatz, Program Director, National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA
Tuesday, October 16, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Add To Calendar

STEM After School: Partnership with the U.S. Department of Education (Featured Session)
Several science centers run after school programs with U.S. Department of Education (ED) 21st Century Community Learning Center (CCLC) funds. The audience will learn about importance of the 21st CCLC Initiative, and program models and opportunities from a panel including an ED spokesperson, representatives of two museums, and a researcher.
Session Leader: Laura Martin, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Arizona Science Center, Phoenix
Tuesday, October 16, 10:45 a.m.–12:00 p.m. Add To Calendar

To learn more about STEM Public Programs around the world, visit ASTC’s STEM Public Programs page.