Proposals for South Dakota EPSCoR funds are now being accepted. Focus: Developing or enhancing opportunities in specific career clusters.
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Proposals for South Dakota EPSCoR funds are now being accepted. Proposals should aim to increase career opportunities and achievement of secondary school students by enhancing, expanding and developing new programs and opportunities in specific career clusters.

This 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.

The level of priority for funding will be:
1) Science, Technology, Engineering and Math cluster
2) Information Technology cluster
3) Health Science cluster
4) Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources cluster

Funds will be awarded on a competitive basis. Grant project period is Aug. 1, 2011-June 29, 2012. Applications are due to the Department of Educationís Office of Curriculum, Career and Technical Education no later than June 3, 2011.

EPSCoR is the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, which was established by the National Science Foundation.

Click here to access the Request for Proposals. Questions can be directed to Mark Wilson or Ray Tracy at the state Department of Education.