Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Consortium (DSEC) Funding Opportunity

The Department of Defense (DoD)  intends to award one cooperative agreement award with like-minded organizations to provide a continuum of meaningful STEM learning experiences for students and educators through effective STEM education and outreach programs.  The award is up to $190 million over a period of performance of up t ten years.

The DoD is cultivating the future STEM workforce by providing unique education opportunities to students and educators of all ages and across all demographics throughout the country.  The Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education Consortium (DSEC) is a collaborative partnership that:

  • aims to broaden STEM literacy and develop a diverse and agile workforce with the technical excellence to defend our Nation
  • has the goal to identify and support stronger programs for conducting Kindergarten – 12 and undergraduate STEM education and outreach efforts
  • addresses and prioritizes critical STEM challenges, DoD is investing in evidence-based approaches to inspire and develop the Nation’s science and technology workforce
  • will help DoD continue to attract, inspire, and develop exceptional STEM talent across the education continuum and advance the current DoD STEM workforce to meet current and future defense technological challenges
  • will allow the department to directly support improving permeability and recruitment through strategically investing in students of all ages in STEM education and outreach activities, giving them more exposure to DoD research and career opportunities
  • will enable the DoD to encourage underserved, underrepresented, and military dependent students to pursue STEM careers and consider defense laboratories as a place of employment
  • will provide unique hands-on learning experiences where students can work side-by-side with the nation’s best scientists and engineers helping to create cutting-edge research and development
  • will allow students learn to transform new ideas into innovative solutions, helping the nation thrive by solving the complex problems of today’s world and its future

Applications due by 3 PM EDT March 11, 2024

Technical Point of Contact:
Denisse Szmigiel

Target Audience(s):

Avenue(s) for Collaboration:
Collaborative Partnerships

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