Funding

The Council on Science and Technology (CST) seeks proposals in support of its mission to foster education, intellectual exchange, and research that deepen and broaden understanding, experience, and appreciation of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Proposals should address one of the following:

  1. Courses that enhance students' STEM literacy
  2. Synergistic Activities that bridge STEM with the arts, humanities or social sciences

    Courses:  The CST supports courses that enhance STEM literacy and foster an appreciation for the importance of STEM to students’ future lives as citizens, voters and leaders. The CST also considers funding the development or enhancement of courses that provide an opportunity for students to explore the societal impact of STEM and/or bridge STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences.

    Synergistic Activities: The CST enables synergistic activities that explore and promote the intersections and shared creativity across STEM, the arts, humanities and social sciences. Proposals are encouraged for forums, seminars, discussions, workshops, or research studies that bring together participants with diverse expertise. Proposals are likewise encouraged for projects, internships, or other activities 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 to investigate the intersections of STEM with the arts, humanities and social sciences. 

    Special NoteThe CST is partnering with the Humanities Council on a joint call for proposals.  We seek to support members of the STEM and Humanities faculty in connecting across the STEM and Humanities divisions. 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.