Missile Defense Agency (MDA) Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Outreach Boosting Engineering Science and Technology (BEST) Robotics Grant: Hub's Teacher Professional Development (HTPD)

Funding Agency:
Department of Defense

The purpose of this announcement is to allow Official Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology (BEST) Robotics Inc. Local Competition Hubs the opportunity to obtain financial support for providing direct teacher professional development to teachers within their first three (3) years of being a team teacher for a BEST Robotics team. Teacher professional development ensures general Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) training for teachers and a successful experience during their local BEST Robotics season, advancing the awareness of and engagement in STEM with K-12 teachers and students.

The MDA STEM Outreach’s goal is to increase STEM awareness and proficiency among K-12 and college students to enhance the number of U.S. scientists and engineers capable of solving future missile defense challenges in the government, industry, and academia.

BEST Robotics, Inc. (https://www.bestrobotics.org/site/) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, technology, and math through participation in a sports-like, science-and engineering-based robotics competition. BEST's mission is to engage, inspire and excite students to pursue STEM majors and STEM careers through the vehicle of an after-school robotics program and competition. BEST values access and diversity and encourages participation of all students and schools by providing a free program supported through the fundraising and mentoring efforts of a large higher education and industry volunteer corps. 

The MDA will award no more than $60,000 through this grant opportunity in Fiscal Year (FY) 20 to official BEST Robotics Local Competition Hubs only. The number of awards is not predetermined. Each hub’s individual grant award will vary, but may not exceed $2,975.00. Estimated cost per teacher attendee shall not exceed $295.00. A hub may submit one proposal, for up to 10 team teachers. Individual teachers should not submit proposals; all proposals should be submitted by a Higher Education Agency (HEA)/BEST hub. 

Deadline: May 15, 2020

Agency Website

Eligibility Requirements

Official BEST Robotics Inc. Local Competition Hubs that are managed by or work closely with a HEA, such as a junior college or university, are eligible to apply for funds via this grant. For hubs not managed by, yet closely working with an HEA, all receipted and payment portions of the grant must be processed through the HEA’s grant office. Also, all non-HEA hubs must be classified as non-profit, 501(c)(3). Teachers identified by their hub for training must be full-time employees of a school system and within their first three years of coaching a BEST Robotics Team.



Funding Type





Community Outreach and Engagement
Engineering and Physical Sciences

External Deadline

May 15, 2020