Dead line:July 11, 2022
The Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Innovation Grants program supports promising programs that build and use STEM knowledge and skills in environmental learning and problem solving. Preference will be given to nonprofit organizations proposing to work with underrepresented audiences in STEM (see box), and to organizations using partnerships to boost their impact.
E-STEM engages students in, meaningful real-world environmental problem solving that integrates science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). E-STEM is not only a philosophy of teaching that promotes interdisciplinary learning, but also inspires students to apply what they learn to help solve complex environmental issues. Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Innovation Grants program will provide funding of up to $15,000 USD to nonprofit organizations and their partners for E-STEM programs that engage students ages 11–18.
Applicant organizations must:
• Be a nonprofit organization under your country’s laws, or a nongovernmental organization who follows other foreign government laws for charitable purposes. For example, a US organization would be qualified under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.
• Not be subject to US or other applicable governmental sanctions and other restrictions.
• Have a working bank account that can receive electronic funds in USD. The bank must not be subject to US or other applicable governmental sanctions and other restrictions.
• Submit a program that works with students ages 11–18.
• Be able to administer programs between November, 2022–October, 2023.
• Submit applications online through Submittable by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time on Monday, July 11, 2022 (time converter).
Only submissions in English will be considered.
• Late May, early June 2022: Applicant webinar to go through application and share tips for grantee success; webinar will be recorded and posted to the program webpage.
• July 11, 2022: All applications due in Submittable by 11:59 PM US Eastern Time.
• July–September 2022: Applications reviewed by E-STEM panel.
• September–October 2022: Grantees notified and announced.
• November 2022: Grant projects begin.
• May 2023: Midterm reports due.
• October 2023: Grant projects end and final reports due. Grantees attend the NAAEE virtual conference and present about their projects.
If awarded, Grantees will receive:
• Funding to support their E-STEM programs
• Professional development and training
• Support to attend the 2023 NAAEE international virtual conference
• Peer support and networking
• Access to the NAAEE network and Pratt & Whitney nonprofit community
Applicants will be asked to define “underrepresented” based on their country and/or region’s situation (in the United States, these groups include women, people with disabilities, and Black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native people).
Partnerships with additional organizations such as schools, governmental agencies, or other groups are encouraged to help strengthen the program offered.
Two to three grants of up to $15,000 USD each will be awarded in the following geographic regions:
• The Americas (funding pool available: $30,000 USD)
• Europe, Middle East, and Africa (funding pool available: $35,000 USD)
•Asia Pacific (funding pool available: $35,000 USD
Once awarded, Grantees will be responsible for the following:
• Professional Development and Networking: Before receiving funding, grantees will attend a training focused on project planning, budgeting, and evaluation of proposed projects (October 2022). Grantees will also be asked to attend periodic networking calls during the project implementation period to share challenges, updates, and ideas.
• Reporting: Grantees will be asked to submit a brief narrative and financial report at the midpoint of their grant (May 2023) and at the end of their grant (October 2023).
• Lessons Learned and Project Impact: Grantees will be expected to share their program through possible presentations at the 2023 NAAEE virtual conference, and through ongoing informal communications updates (including photos and videos, if available). There may also be opportunities to share their work on NAAEE platforms through blogs and social media.