SAS Institute: Grants for Higher Education

OVERVIEW: SAS Institute partners with universities and other higher education organizations to establish SAS-oriented degree and certificate programs. It also offers scholarship funding that gives full-time students free registration for its conferences, free in-kind donations to colleges and universities, and a separate stream of funding for the K-12 set.

IP TAKE: The institute seeks grantees whose work or program in data analysis ties in directly with SAS software.

PROFILE: The SAS Institute was originally started five decades ago in response to “a need for a computerized statistics program to analyze vast amounts of agricultural data collected through United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) grants.” With the help of a grant from the National Institutes of Health, eight top universities came together to “develop a general-purpose statistical software package to analyze all the agricultural data they were generating.”  Overall, SAS’s giving areas include Innovation, Education Outreach, Data for Good, and Diversity and Inclusion.

SAS’s Education initiatives support “education initiatives that promote learning for all and build a global community of innovators.” The institute supports both K-12 and higher education by providing tools that teachers and administrators can use to facilitate a better learning environment for students. Schools can take advantage of free administrative-support products and services. The SAS Student Ambassador Program is a competition that offers scholarships to students who use SAS technologies in innovative ways that benefit their fields of study. Chosen grantees must present their research at the SAS Global Forum. In addition, the company sponsors a poster competition that offers students a chance to receive recognition in their chosen fields.

Higher education institutions may also seek grants through other SAS grantmaking fields. Data For Good “encourages using data in meaningful ways to solve humanitarian issues around poverty, health, human rights, education and the environment.” Diversity and Inclusion covers a range of programs including Diversity Outreach, Empowering Women, Supporting the Military, Cross-generational Workforce, Embracing Cultures and Identities, and Disability Accessibility.

SAS is not highly transparent about its grantmaking habits or past grants. Interested grantseekers should review the organization’s guidelines to confirm their eligibility and the application requirements. Applications must be submitted by mail and are reviewed four times a year, in February, May, August, and November.


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