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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

The 2015-2016 Michigan STEM Education Grants Program​​

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  1. Is it possible to partner with the Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center (SMTC) at Central Michigan University despite the fact that SMTC is managing the grants program?

    The Central Michigan SMTC can sign a letter of support for your application.  Because this form of partnership does not involve the transfer of funds or any other form of preference or bias, there is no conflict of interest that prevents you from working with the SMTC.  The SMTC cannot be involved in any projects or receive any funds awarded to you as that would likely create a real or perceived conflict of interest.

  2. Can you elaborate on the requirement that applicants partner with a Michigan Math and Science Center Network member?

    The requirement that applicants partner with a math and science center supports community building by ensuring that math and science centers know about STEM education activities in their region.  To partner with a math and science center, the only requirement is that applicants get a signature stating that a math and science center is aware of your application to the grants program.  Whether that takes the form of a Letter of Support or something else is up to you.  The signed MOU or Letter of Support should be attached to the end of your application upon submission.

    An anonymized example letter of support is available:
    MI STEM Education Grants letter of support example.docx

  3. Are private and parochial schools eligible to apply?

    By submitting a proposal, applicants agree to abide by the Central Michigan University (CMU) non-discrimination policy available at

    https://www.cmich.edu/bot/Documents/Board%20Policy%20Manual/13-18R.pdf.  

    Organizations that cannot agree to abide by the CMU non-discrimination policy are not eligible to apply.

  4. Can we propose curriculum development or teacher professional development activities as part of our proposal?

    No.  The mandatory criterion for this award mechanism states that proposals must be student-focused, project-based programs or competitions; this is based on Michigan State Law.  If curriculum development or teacher professional development (PD) activities are planned as a component of your application that is acceptable, but 99s(4) funds cannot be used to support curriculum development or teacher professional development activities.

    Allow me to elaborate: teacher professional development (PD) can be included as a component activity of an application to the grants program as long as the goals of the application are student focused.  However, PD cannot be supported using funding from the MI STEM Education Grants Program; applicants will have to fund the PD component of the application from another source.  For example, providing PD for teachers that will use robotics kits in the classroom makes sense and should be seen as a strength of an application involving robotics in the classroom, but the MI STEM Education Grants Program funding cannot be used to support the PD portion of the application, e.g. facilitator salary, trainee salary, or other costs.  If the PD portion of the application is covered by another funding source or an in-kind contribution, then including PD would strengthen the application.

  5. Are we eligible to apply to the STEM Education Grants program if we receive Science Olympiad funding?  Can we apply to the program for funding to support our Science Olympiad activities?

    Yes and yes.  If you receive Science Olympiad funding you are still eligible to apply to this program.   You can also apply to seek funding for your Science Olympiad activities.

  6. Are we eligible to apply for funding through the MI STEM Education Grants Program, i.e. 99s(4) funding, if our school or district receives Section 99h funding for FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competitions?
    There are several variants of this question.  Basically, 99s(4) funding cannot be used to support FIRST Tech Challenge or FIRST Robotics Competition activities that are supported by 99h funding.  By way of illustration, here are two examples that are both eligible to apply for funding:

    A high school receives 99h funding for the First Robotics Competition, and a related middle school would like to apply for 99s(4) funding for a Girls in Engineering program (summer or after-school).  Is the middle school eligible to apply for 99s(4) funding?  Yes.

    A high school receives 99h funding for the First Robotics Competition, and a biology teacher at the high school would like to apply for 99s(4) funding to have students study a population of fish native to Michigan waterways. Would the biology teacher be eligible to apply for this funding, which is not related to 99h activities?  Yes.
  7. Are we eligible to apply for funding to support our participation in FIRST LEGO League?

    Yes.

 Contact Information

2015-2016 Michigan STEM Education Grants Program
Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center (SMTC)
EHS 132
Central Michigan University
Mt. Pleasant, MI 48859
989-774-4387
smtc@cmich.edu
http://smtc.cmich.edu/
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