Pratt & Whitney E-STEM Awards FAQs


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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. The recording can be found here:

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 May 29. The recording can be found here: We also encourage our reviewers to focus on the strength of the proposed project, not the applicant's writing skills.

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. Applicants must be a school, academic institution, or university, or an organization tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the United States Internal Revenue Code and not classified as a private foundation, or a nonprofit or non-governmental organization with recognized legal status in their respective foreign country that is equal to section 501(c)(3) status. 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?

We encourage applicants to watch our Applicant Webinar that took place on May 29. The recording can be found here: If you still have questions after this webinar, please email us at

What are the different award pools for the 2024 E-STEM Awards?

Applicants will be considered for the following award pools:

E-STEM Innovation Grants between $5,000–$15,000 USD each will be awarded to organizations proposing a new or expanded E-STEM project or program.
E-STEM Excellence Prizes of $15,000–$50,000 USD will support new or expanded projects by organizations that
also demonstrate excellence through their previous E-STEM programming.
Sustainable Transportation Grant of $10,000 USD will be awarded to one organization with proposed work focused on
sustainable aviation and other transportation issues.


Please refer to the Request for Proposals 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?). 

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:

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 11–22.


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