K-12 Educational Outreach
EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which was established by the National Science Foundation to strengthen research and education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and drive science-based economic development.
Proposals for SD EPSCoR funds through the Department of Education aim to increase the number of STEM graduates skilled in informatics and biosciences at all levels by partnering industry with K16 education and research activities to meet the growing workforce needs in South Dakota.
For more information about SD EPSCoR go to: http://www.sdepscor.org/
Applications may be submitted by school districts and educational service providers in South Dakota. Applications must demonstrate partnerships with economic development corporations or industry partners. School districts that receive funding will be expected to fulfill the requirements of approved CTE programs in South Dakota during the 2018-19 school year. These opportunities can be accomplished through: development of rigorous new programs; expanding or increasing rigor and relevance in current programs; enhancing career guidance; implementing capstone experiences; providing virtual courses, and more.
Funds are awarded on a competitive basis to projects which allow students in grades 7-12 to explore STEM-related disciplines or which are parts of an approved Career & Technical Education (CTE) program in the following career clusters:
- Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (Research & Development)
- Information Technology (Analytics and Programming)
- Health Science (Bioscience & Informatics - Research and Development)
- Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (Bioscience & Informatics - Research and Development)
Scope: Up to $170,000 will be granted to schools. Grant awards will cap at $30,000 each. Projects may begin following award notification October 11, 2018. Funds must be expended by prior to April 15, 2019.
Timeline: All proposals must be submitted electronically to Jane.Gubrud@state.sd.us by 5 pm CST, Thursday, September 27, 2018. A copy with necessary signatures in blue ink shall be submitted to Kim Van Den Hemel at 800 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291 – postmarked by Thursday, September 27, 2018
Grant Award Notification: Award notification will be sent via email on Thursday, October 18, 2018. Both successful and unsuccessful applicants will be notified. Award decisions made by the review committee are final. **A special note: grant awards will be given pending renewal/notification of the NSF Grant so this date may be later than indicated.**
Proposal Rating Rubric: SDEPSCoR Grants will be awarded through a competitive process. All proposals will be read and judged by a review committee. The review committee will determine award winners based on the grant priorities and criteria using this scoring rubric: SD EPSCoR RFP Rubric.
Data Narrative and Reporting Form – Reporting data is a requirement for all grant awardees.