The National Math and Science Initiative: Grants for STEM Education

OVERVIEW: The National Math and Science Initiative seeks to improve teacher training and student performance in STEM. This nonprofit has established a flagship College Readiness Program, which serves as the focus of its initiatives and partnerships.

IP TAKE: Some of the largest funding efforts in STEM education move through NMSI, and its work supports both students and teachers to promote improvements in this area. Universities and state-based education groups have been among the top recipients of support from this funder.

PROFILE: The National Math and Science Initiative was established in 2007 after a blue-ribbon task force commissioned by the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the National Research Council found that math and science education in the country was severely behind in comparison to other nations. NMSI seeks “to significantly improve student opportunities and achievement by advancing STEM teaching and learning.” To that end, it works to transform teaching, schools, and education in the United States.

NMSI oversees its own programs and also partners with programs and organizations that have similar results to help scale its initiatives. Some of the biggest recipients of NMSI funding are state-based education organizations. For example, through its College Readiness Program, which seeks to increase enrollment in Advanced Placement courses nationwide and raise scores on AP Math, Science, and English exams, NMSI funds A+ College Ready, a group with a similar agenda focused on Alabama.

A number of universities have also been awarded funds from NMSI through involvement in its UTeach Expansion Program, which aims "to recruit and train math and science teachers." UTeach is expected to produce more than 9,000 math and science teachers in the United States by 2020.

Organizations interested in establishing a relationship with NMSI should start by requesting a consultation either here or here. Math, science, or English teachers might also be interested to enroll in a teacher training at an LTF Summer Institute. Enrollment is free for senior UTeach students and alumni, and a “limited number” of “induction scholarships” for other alumni are also available.

Grantseeker’s can see a list of the leading partner organizations on NMSI's website here (dollar amounts allocated for specific grant programs are available by reviewing the organization's Form 990 tax filings).