The 2015-2016 Michigan STEM Education Grants Program provides funding
for competitive grants to conduct student-focused, project-based
programs and competitions either in the classroom or extracurricular, in
science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) subjects such
as, but not limited to, robotics, coding, and design-build-test
projects, from pre-kindergarten through college level. The program seeks
proposals that promote learning, opportunity, and citizenship among
Michigan students, in support of the 2013-2015 mission of the State
Board of Education: “All students graduate ready for careers, college,
and community.” The program will support high-quality STEM education
projects in each of the Michigan prosperity regions, connect communities
by establishing shared project repositories and promoting collaboration
among educators, and build the capacity of educators to compete for
state and federal funding.
The 2015-2016 Michigan STEM Education Grants program is funded by the
Michigan legislature through the Michigan Department of Education,
General Funds from School Aid: Section 99s(4) of P.A. 85 of 2015. The
program is managed by the Central Michigan Science, Mathematics, Technology Center (SMTC) located at Central Michigan University. SMTC is a member of the Michigan Math and Science Centers Network.
The following applicants were selected to receive an award:
From the Request for
Proposals, Section 7. Peer Review Information Criteria: "A
minimum of two reviewers will review each proposal, and an overall
score, average criterion score, and accompanying criteria critiques will
be completed and submitted by each reviewer. The peer review panel will
formulate funding recommendations after all proposals have been scored.
Proposals recommended for funding will be forwarded to SMTC for an
administrative review of any conflict of interest, budgetary, or other
concerns raised during peer review. In the absence of any administrative
concerns, proposals recommended for funding by the peer review panel
will be awarded. Peer review panel funding decisions are final; there will be no opportunity for appeals."
total of 97
applications were received, of which 95 were from unique applicants
(i.e. two applicants applied for both tiers of funding). One-hundred
and thirty-four (134) individuals were invited to serve as a peer
reviewers. Invitations were principally sent to individuals suggested by SMTC staff
and MMSCN staff and Directors, as well as to members and staff of the Boards of the Michigan Association for Computer Users in Learning (MACUL), Michigan Council of Teachers of Mathematics (MCTM) and Michigan Science Teachers Association (MSTA). Of the 134 invitations sent, 17 accepted and served as peer reviewers:
Peer reviewers for the 2015-2016 Michigan STEM Education Grants Program [will be posted here].
Instructions to peer reviewers can be viewed at http://bit.ly/MISTEMEdirections. (Please note that the documents linked to these instructions are no longer actively monitored.)
Of the 280 Project Directors and Key Personnel named in the 97 applications received, approximately 40% were teachers, 30% were administrators (e.g. having titles such as Program Director, Principal, and Superintendent), 10% were from the business communities (e.g. with titles such as CEO, COO, and President), and 20% with other titles such as Professor. Where possible, applications were assigned to peer reviewers having similar expertise as indicated by their title. Additionally, applications were assigned to peer reviewers based on their prosperity region and the prosperity region of the applications to be reviewed in order to avoid undiscovered conflicts of interests or other sources of perceived or real bias.
From the Request for
Proposals, Section 7. Peer Review Information Criteria: "Once
an award or declination decision has been made, Project Directors will
be provided feedback about their proposals. In all cases, reviews are
treated as confidential documents. [Copies of reviews, supplemented with feedback obtained during the peer review meeting and] excluding
the names of the reviewers or any reviewer-identifying information,
will be sent to the Project Director by SMTC. In addition, the Project
Director will receive an explanation of the decision to award or decline
- Request for Proposals (RFP)
- Proposal Template
- Proposal Example
- MI STEM Education Grants proposal example.docx
- MI STEM Education Grants proposal example.pdf
The proposal example serves as an aid to the applicant. It is based on an award from a previous 99s(4) funding cycle, and has been modified to align with the current Request for Proposals. It is broadly illustrative of the preferred application style and format. However, it has not been peer-reviewed in the current funding cycle, so no assumptions should be made about how competitive it would be.
- Budget Template
- Conflict of Interest (COI) Management Plan for applicants affiliated with Central Michigan University
with support from the Michigan Department of Education