Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Awards FAQs

Translated Requests for Proposals

E-STEM Innovation Grants


E-STEM Excellence Prize

This is the first time I’ve ever submitted a grant application. How can I be successful?

  • We encourage you to watch our Applicant Webinar, where we provided tips and tricks for how to submit a successful proposal. Here is the recording of the Applicant Webinar, with English subtitles here: https://youtu.be/GKhrnBYE8LQ.

English is not my first language. Will I be penalized for this?

  • No. We are most interested in the details of your proposed project. We encourage applicants to watch our Applicant Webinar that took place on June 8. The recording can be found here, with English subtitles: https://youtu.be/GKhrnBYE8LQ. We also encourage our reviewers to focus on the strength of the proposed project, not the applicant's writing skills.
  • Translated versions of the Request for Proposals are linked on the right side of this page.

Where can I find a recording of the applicant webinar that took place on Wednesday, June 8, 2022? 

I want to receive this grant funding, but I cannot commit to attending professional development sessions. Can I still apply?

  • No. Applicant organizations must commit to participating in professional development opportunities listed in this RFP as a way to strengthen your project and build your professional networks. We make every effort to use your time wisely, and make sure everyone benefits as much as possible from these opportunities. 

My organization is not considered a charitable or nonprofit organization. Can I still apply?

  • No. Applicant organizations must be considered charitable organizations. If you have a strong project to propose, consider finding a nonprofit partner who can be the lead and submit a proposal and work with your organization on a compelling project.

I have a proposed project idea, but I’m not sure it fits with this opportunity. How can I find out if my project would be eligible? 

  • Please watch the recording of our Applicant Webinar that took place on June 8. You can find the recording here, with English subtitles: https://youtu.be/GKhrnBYE8LQ. If you still have questions after watching this webinar, please email us at estem@naaee.org

How is the E-STEM Innovation Grants Program different from the E-STEM Excellence Prize? 

  • The E-STEM Innovation Grants Program seeks to fund nonprofit organizations and their partners for new or expanded projects not yet completed. Grantees would also be part of professional development opportunities to help support their proposal implementation. The E-STEM Excellence Prize seeks to award nonprofit organizations and their partners for projects that have been successfully completed and that demonstrate excellence and replicability in E-STEM.

Can I apply for both the E-STEM Innovation Grants and the E-STEM Excellence Prize? 

  • You can submit one proposal for each E-STEM Award (one for the E-STEM Innovation Grants and one for the E-STEM Excellence Prize). We recommend that you read both RFPs to make sure that you are addressing the specific requirements for each proposal, as there are differences between them. 

Can I apply for both the E-STEM Innovation Grants and the E-STEM Excellence Prize using the same initiative? 

  • In the case that your program qualifies for both the E-STEM Innovation Grant and the E-STEM Excellence Prize, you are allowed to submit one proposal for each E-STEM Award. We recommend that you read both RFPs to make sure that you are addressing the specific requirements for each proposal, as there are differences between them. Further, you might consider which E-STEM Award would be better suited for your organization at this time. 

How do you determine how much funding each project will receive?

  • If awarded, we will do our very best to accommodate your requested funding amount. However, we balance your request with the goal of funding as many promising projects as possible. If your funding amount is reduced, we will work with you to revise project deliverables to accommodate a lesser amount.

What are some examples of STEM skills? 

  • STEM projects should involve interdisciplinary learning that combines knowledge and skills from Science, Technology, Engineering, and/or Math. Here is a chart we found helpful in outlining some of the STEM skills we encourage: https://www.fix.com/blog/getting-kids-involved-in-stem/.

What percentage of our program audience should be from underrepresented groups? 

  • We do not have any specific guidelines around what constitutes an underrepresented group or any minimum percentage. Simply provide sufficient details about how the audiences you work with are considered underrepresented in your country or region. Please refer to the Request for Proposals for each E-STEM Award for more information. 

My project involves students collecting and analyzing data. Is this okay to propose as a project?

  • Yes. Data collection and analysis offers a great STEM learning opportunity, and is crucial in addressing environmental issues. We do ask that projects focusing on data collection and analysis also include a communication/engagement component as part of the process (See RFP Call out Box: What does it mean to take action?). 

Can we apply if we are a school? 

  • Schools that are registered nonprofit organizations can apply. However, if your school is not considered a nonprofit organization, you are welcome to seek a partnership with a nonprofit organization to be the lead applicant. 

Do projects need to be part of school time? 

  • No. Projects can happen anywhere—as part of an after-school activity, during school time, or completely unrelated to school time. The only parameter we have is that the audience is students aged 11–18.

My project involves teacher training for educators that teach students aged 11–18. Am I still eligible to apply for the E-STEM Awards? 

  • As long as you can provide clear and detailed information about how your program will directly or indirectly benefit students aged 11–18 through your activities, we encourage you to apply!

For the E-STEM Innovation Grants timeline and budget requirement, do we need to include registration costs for the virtual 2023 NAAEE Conference and Research Symposium?

  • No. NAAEE will support your registration for NAAEE’s virtual Conference and Research Symposium in 2023. 

Does the E-STEM Innovation Grant cover indirect costs? 

  • We do not have any restrictions on indirect costs. You can include such costs in your budget, but be sure to justify them in your budget description.

Are matching funds required for the E-STEM Innovation Grant?

  • No, matching funds are not required. If you do have matching funds or in-kind support already secured for your project, we do encourage you to include them in the budget template.

For the E-STEM Excellence Prize, can we apply with a program from a previous year (e.g., our STEM program ran from 2015–2019)? 

  • We are looking to recognize and support programs that are still running for the E-STEM Excellence Prize, with the goal that prize funds would in part be used to support the continuation or expansion of the program.

 

If you have other questions, please email us at estem@naaee.org.