Science, Math and Engineering Education 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 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.

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 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 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.

Grant Application

Click here to download and complete the SMEE Grant application form. Please email completed applications to