Application Process/Frequently Asked Questions

The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council has approved high-quality STEM education programs for 2019-20 that will be offered to schools, after-school programs and other settings for grades pre-K through 12.

  • January 14, 2019 – STEM Scale-up programs announced.  Applicants must apply online.

  • January 21, 2019 - STEM Scale-up application opens.

  • March 4, 2019 – Deadline to apply for 2019-2020 STEM Scale-up Programs

  • April 9, 2019 – Tentative date for the announcement of 2019-2020 STEM Scale-Up awardees.

  • July 1, 2019 – (pending legislation) – Scale-up programming begins

  • A Memorandum of Understanding is signed between the service provider and the educational organization receiving the STEM scale-up program.

  • 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 2020 – Evaluation/Survey


Application Template


Frequently Asked Questions:

  • Who is eligible?   PreK-12 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).

  • Can I apply for more than one STEM scale-up program?   Yes, educators may apply for more than one STEM Scale-Up program, but a new application is required for each program desire.

  • Is this a grant?  No, it is an award.  The STEM Hub will enter into a contract with the service provider to provide the educator training and/or materials.

  • Is there a cost to the school/organization?   Some STEM scale-up programs require cost sharing, as noted in their descriptions.

  • Will funding for awards be available next year?  The legislator reviews the funding level annually.  STEM Scale-up programs are also reviewed annually.

  • May I apply on the behalf of multiple organizations?  No. (For example, a school may apply for multiple teachers, but may NOT include educators outside of the school.)



  • Educator: is any school (public, private or home school association), a Boy/Girl Scout troop, a 4H Club, library, a childcare organization or any organization that works with youth—formally or informally. 

  • Scale-Up Programs: programs must be “scaleable” to any community in Iowa, regardless of that community's resources or size. A Scale-Up STEM program must be well established programming that can be sustained beyond initial Advisory Council investment. A STEM Scale-Up program must be able to adapt to rapid and exponential growth of an organization’s programming and administrative operations. Providers are expected to have the staffing and capacity necessary to expand their operations from a small number of sites to statewide coverage. 

  • Service Provider: (selected through this Scale-Up Program proposal process) is an independent contractor who agrees to provide related scale-up programming and services to the awarded educators as part of the Iowa STEM Scale-Up initiative. Programming may include, but not be limited to, curricula, teacher professional development, kits, materials, equipment, mentor systems, on-line resources and/or educational technology.