Application Process/Timeline

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has approved twelve high-quality STEM education programs for 2021-22 referred to as Scale-Up programs. Scale-Up programs are offered to educators in private and public schools, after-school programs, libraries, home school organizations and other informal settings for grades pre-K through 12.

 

TIMELINE

  • January 5, 2021 – STEM Scale-Up programs announced.

  • January 11, 2021 - STEM Scale-Up application opens.  Applicants must apply online.

  • March 5, 2021 – DEADLINE to apply for 2021-2022 STEM Scale-Up Programs

  • April 9, 2021 – Tentative date for the announcement of 2021-2022 STEM Scale-Up awardees.

  • July 1, 2021 – (pending legislation) – Scale-Up programming begins

  • July – September – (depending on Scale-Up) Educator attends training.

  • October 31 - All kits/materials are ordered and delivered to the organization (pending program).

  • Educator implements the STEM Scale-Up program.

  • March-May 2022 – Evaluation/Survey

 

WHO CAN APPLY?

PreK-12 cross-curricular educators, both in and out of the classroom, are eligible to apply, so long as they have undergone a criminal background check as a requirement of employment. Eligible applicant(s) include public and private school PreK-12 teachers, youth organization leaders, informal education professionals, home school associations and others who deliver STEM education programming. Every applicant must secure the commitment and signature of the institution’s lead administrator(s).

 

THIS PROGRAM IS AN AWARD, NOT A GRANT.

It is a program delivered to selected applicants. However, applicants who propose to cost-share by absorbing some expenses (e.g. supplies, travel or administration, etc.) or bringing additional funding (e.g. a grant or private sector donation, etc.) will be considered favorably during the review process. Some program options require cost-sharing as noted in their descriptions. The STEM Scale-Up Program funding is provided from the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council Regional STEM Hub Institutions directly to the program provider, rather than to the selected applicant.

 

RESOURCES FOR THE APPLICATION

 

Apply for a Scale-Up program