Economic Development Administration -- STEM Talent Challenge Program

Funding Agency:
Department of Commerce

EDA is seeking applications from eligible applicants to create and implement innovative science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) apprenticeship models that complement their respective region’s innovation economy. The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.

Deadline: Oct. 14, 2020

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Eligibility Requirements

Eligible applications for and eligible recipients of EDA investment assistance under this NOFO include:

• a State;

• an Indian tribe;

• a city or other political subdivision of a State;

• an entity that is— a nonprofit organization; an institution of higher education; a public-private partnership; a science or research park; a Federal laboratory; an economic development organization or similar entity; and that has an application supported by a State, a political subdivision of a State, or a native organization; or

• a consortium of any of the above-mentioned eligible applicants

Amount Description

Funding in the amount of $2,000,000 has been appropriated for grants made under the STEM Talent Challenge pursuant to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020. 1 The funding periods and funding amounts referenced in this notice are subject to the availability of funds at the time of award as well as to U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC) and EDA priorities at the time of award. DOC and EDA will not be held responsible for application preparation costs. Publication of this announcement does not obligate DOC or EDA to make any specific grant award or to obligate all or any part of available funds.

Applicants must provide matching non-Federal Share equal to at least 50 percent of the total project cost; i.e., applicants must match each dollar requested with at least one dollar of applicant match. See Section C.2 (p.5) of this NOFO.

Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Curriculum Development
Engineering and Physical Sciences
Environmental & Life Sciences

External Deadline

October 14, 2020