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August 17, 2021

AUGUST 17, 2021 Special higher education funding update

AUGUST 17, 2021

Federal Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Commerce; U.S. Economic Development Administration STEM Talent Challenge Program applications due October 12, 2021

The STEM Talent Challenge will award grants to organizations that are creating and implementing STEM talent development strategies that complement their region’s innovation economy, particularly as such strategies relate to emerging, transformative sectors and future industries such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, advanced manufacturing and robotics, space exploration and commerce, bioscience, quantum information science, green products, processes and buildings, and aqua- and agricultural technologies. Projects should implement or scale STEM competency-based work-and-learn education and training models that are directly connected with the needs of employers in a regional economy.

U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Manufacturing Office Multi-Topic concept papers due September 10, 2021

To drive manufacturing innovation, spur job creation, and enhance manufacturing competitiveness, the Advanced Manufacturing Office (AMO) supports the development of innovative energy efficient and lower carbon-emitting manufacturing technologies and foundational, cross-cutting manufacturing processes, materials, and information technology critical to efficient and competitive domestic manufacturing. AMO’s goals include stimulating technology innovation, improving the energy productivity of U.S. manufacturing while reducing its carbon footprint, and enabling the manufacture of cutting-edge products in the U.S. The competitively selected projects from this funding opportunity will focus on the following areas:

  • Manufacturing Process Innovation
    • Efficiency Improvements to Drying Processes
    • Advanced Tooling for Lightweight Automotive Components
    • Sustainable Chemistry Practices in Manufacturing
  • Advanced Materials Manufacturing
    • Materials for Harsh Service Conditions
    • Development of Aluminum-Cerium Alloys and Processing to Enable Increased Efficiency in Aerospace Applications
  • Energy Systems
    • Structured Electrode Manufacturing for Lithium-ion Batteries


U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health releases Dementia Care and Caregiver Support Intervention Research opportunity

This funding opportunity seeks mechanism-focused dementia care and caregiver support intervention development research at Stages I through V of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Stage Model to address the care needs and promote the health, function, and well-being of persons with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias (ADRD) and of those providing their care. The NIH Stage Model offers a framework to: support development of efficacious interventions that are defined by their principles; and sure that these efficacious interventions can be administered in the community or in health systems with fidelity to the intervention’s principles. This includes the development, testing, and validation of scalable training materials and procedures so that these interventions can be delivered with fidelity in community settings or health systems. Settings can include the home, community, or formal care settings, such as nursing homes, assisted living facilities, nursing and rehabilitation centers, hospitals, adult day care, and specialized hospice settings. The overarching purpose of this funding opportunity is to help to lay the groundwork for real-world implementation of AD/ADRD care and caregiving interventions.


Institute of Museums and Library Services National Leadership Grants for Museums applications due November 15, 2021

This program is designed to support projects that address critical needs of the museum field and that have the potential to advance practice in the profession to strengthen museum services for the American public. Projects are expected to:

  • Propose far-reaching impact to influence practice across one or more disciplines within the museum field;
  • Reflect a thorough understanding of current practice and knowledge about the subject matter and an awareness of and support for current strategic priorities in the field;
  • Employ novel approaches to the project area;
  • Use collaboration to demonstrate broad need, field-wide buy-in and input, and access to appropriate expertise; and
  • Generate results such as models, new tools, research findings, services, practices, and/or alliances that can be widely used, adapted, scaled, or replicated to extend the benefits.


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