Science, Math, and Engineering Education (SMEE) Grant

Application Deadline

March 1, annually 


Sigma Xi continues to explore the range of program opportunities that take advantage of the strengths of the Society toward improving Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education. Sigma Xi seeks to help science education in ways that are appropriate to its mission, membership, and resources. The Society can achieve much by building on the knowledge and enthusiasm of its chapters.

Chapters are invited to submit applications for grants to support STEM education projects. The basic policy of Sigma Xi's support is to provide "seed" funding 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 deadline for proposals is March 1 each year.  The Committee on Qualifications and Membership will review applications at its next regularly-scheduled meeting and make notification soon thereafter. 

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

  • Benefit to science and society,
  • Benefits and opportunities to chapters, 
  • Use research-, evaluation-, and/or data-based design and decision making,
  • Engage stakeholders in project design,
  • Foster collaboration among stakeholders 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 funding agencies 

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, or
  • Develop the science and engineering workforce

Grant Application

For the grant application, please be prepared to address the following:

  • The alignment, if any, of this project with Sigma Xi education principles or themes.
  • The purpose(s) for which Sigma Xi funds will be used.
  • Will this project be co-sponsored?  If so, how?
  • Who, specifically, benefits from this proposed project and what is their level of involvement, if any, during implementation of the project and/or following its completion?
  • How will chapter members be involved in this project?
  • The overall budget for the project and provide a detailed budget justification with descriptions of the proposed costs
  • Cost-sharing information - - What percent of the budget total will come:
  1. From the chapter?
  2. From this award by Sigma Xi? (% and $)
  3. From other sources? (list each of them)

Click here to complete the grants application form.