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Directorate for STEM Education (EDU)

Preparing a diverse STEM workforce and a well-informed citizenry.

The U.S. National Science Foundation's Directorate for STEM Education works to develop a well-informed citizenry and a diverse and capable workforce of scientists, technicians, engineers, mathematicians and educators.

EDU's programs support STEM education at all educational levels and in a variety of settings. The directorate:

  • Funds cutting-edge research and evaluation projects across all STEM disciplines and STEM projects — through scholarships, fellowships, centers, alliances, networks, curriculum development and institutional capacity building.
  • Invests in activities aimed to improve knowledge of accessibility, integration and adaptability in STEM education and beyond — ensuring that STEM education and career opportunities are accessible, inclusive and equitable for all Americans, including women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities.


EDU was formerly the Directorate of Education and Human Resources.


Funding Opportunities

Next Required Due Date: October 17, 2023
Posted June 7, 2023
Posted February 8, 2019
Next Required Due Date: January 25, 2024
Posted September 29, 2023

Explore EDU

Division of Equity for Excellence in STEM (EDU/EES)

Promotes activities that strengthen STEM education for underserved communities, broaden their participation in the workforce, and increase knowledge about promoting inclusion. (EES was formerly the Division of Human Resource Development.)

Division of Undergraduate Education (EDU/DUE)

Strengthens STEM education at two- and four-year colleges and universities by improving curricula, instruction, assessment, laboratories, infrastructure, collaborations and the diversity of students and faculty.


Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative

This national initiative focuses on enhancing U.S. leadership by accelerating the inclusion of groups that have historically been excluded from or underserved in STEM.

National Science Foundation Research Traineeship Program

Supports interdisciplinary traineeships that advance ways for graduate students in research-based master's and doctoral degree programs to pursue a range of STEM careers.

Upcoming Events

Office hour meetings are 1-on-1 on Zoom. Meet the program director and ask questions.