Funding

The Council on Science and Technology (CST) seeks proposals in support of its mission to foster research, education, and intellectual exchange that deepen and broaden understanding, experience, and appreciation of STEM. The CST funds synergistic activities that bridge STEM with the arts, humanities, or social sciences, as well as courses that enhance students' STEM literacy.

Living at the Intersection: The CST seeks to engage members of the Princeton University community in synergistic activities that explore and promote the intersections and shared creativity across STEM, the arts, humanities and social sciences. We aim to support research, forums, seminars, discussions, and workshops that bring together diverse participants.   Likewise, we seek to support projects, activities, internships, or other opportunities that promote engaged learning beyond the traditional classroom setting. These activities should provide participants with an opportunity to enhance their STEM content knowledge, as well as investigate the intersections of STEM with the humanities, social sciences, and the arts. 

Courses:  As part of its Science and Engineering Education Initiative, CST supports courses that teach STEM literacy and critical thinking and foster an appreciation for the importance of STEM to students’ future lives as citizens, voters and leaders. The Council also considers funding the development or enhancement of courses that provide an opportunity for students concentrating in a STEM discipline to explore the relation of STEM with culture and/or the course of public affairs. 

You are strongly encouraged to contact Evelyn Laffey, Senior Associate Director of CST, to discuss potential proposal ideas, opportunities, and questions. See below for more information on the (short) proposal format and view examples of past awards HERE.

Special Note: The CST is partnering with the Humanities Council on jointly funding proposals that align with the spirit of the CST mission and the Humanities Council’s mission to connect the humanities with the creative arts and sciences. We seek to support members of the STEM and Humanities faculty in connecting across the STEM and Humanities divisions. At anytime, if you are not ready to submit a proposal, but would like assistance with bringing faculty from STEM and the Humanities together, please contact us. For more information, please contact Evelyn Laffey or Kathleen Crown, executive director of the Humanities Council.

Proposals should be no more than four pages and include the following:

  • A narrative of the course or synergistic activity that describes alignment with the CST mission.
    • For courses that will carry the ST designation, provide specific evidence of how the content aligns with the ST Learning Goals.
  • A budget and justification. Funding requests may include, but are not limited to, expenses related to course development; intensive undergraduate mentoring; research materials and supplies; travel; and support of graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, research assistants, and visiting collaborators.  A maximum cumulative (for all PIs and/or senior personnel) of one-month summer salary per year is allowable.
  • A letter of support from the PI’s chair or unit director is suggested (but not required), especially if it explains how the proposed effort fits within the scope of the department or unit and justifies the need for the requested support.

Several awards will be made at various levels up to a total, over all awards, of $100,000 to be spent over a one-year period.  Proposers may request an FTE at the one course level (.165) for teaching support and/or the support of the CST Associate and Assistant Directors who are content and pedagogy experts in STEM fields.