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Science, Math and Engineering Education Grant Guidelines and Form

After reviewing the guidelines below, please complete the grant application. It is available as a PDF or Word document. Please completed application.

A PDF (postscript) version of the form can be downloaded and used to print copies of the application form. In order to read the PDF, you will need to have Adobe Acrobat Reader.

The PDF form can be modified electronically with Version 7 (or higher) of Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Word form can be modified with Word95 (or higher). In either case, the completed form can be attached to an e-mail or sent to the address below.


Sigma Xi continues to explore the range of program opportunities that take advantage of the strengths of the Society toward improving science and mathematics education. The Society seeks to help science education in ways that are appropriate to its philosophy, membership, and resources; it can achieve much by building on the knowledge and enthusiasm of its chapters. Financial support as well as useful information to chapters are available through the Society's Committee on Programs.

Chapters are invited to submit applications for grants to support science education projects. The basic policy of Sigma Xi's support is to provide "seed" money to initiate innovative programs; matching support from other resources greatly enhances the priority of a grant application for the limited funds that are available. Financial support normally is for one time only to assist the initiation of new projects. The amount of each grant is $2,000. Application deadlines for proposals are March 1 and October 1 each year.

In considering applications, the evaluation process will look for projects that align with one or more of the following principles:

  • Benefit the Society as a whole,
  • Provide chapter benefits and opportunities,
  • Use research-, evaluation-, and/or data-based design and decision making,
  • Engage stakeholders in project design,
  • Foster collaboration among projects and organizations with similar interests and serve as a leader in initiating these collaborations when appropriate.
  • Pilot projects that may be the basis for continued support by NSF or other foundations
Priority will be given to projects that align with one or more of the following themes:
  • Improve the quality of STEM education broadly defined,
  • Support the professional development of scientists and engineers throughout their careers,
  • Enhance public understanding of science through continuing opportunities for education,
  • Develop the science and engineering workforce, or
  • Contribute to civic discourse including issues of science and engineering education by enhancing the ability of Sigma Xi members to participate in such discourse.

Electronic versions of the application sent by e-mail are preferred. However, applications may be submitted at any time to the address provided below. Chapters will normally be notified of decisions within 30 days from receipt of the application.

For additional information, contact:

Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
3106 East NC Highway 54
P.O. Box 13975
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 800-243-6534 or 919-549-4691
Fax: 919-549-0090


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