The National Science Foundation's Broadening Participation in Engineering program has two elements:The BPE Opportunity Track "establishes mentoring, networking, and other career development opportunities" for early career engineering faculty members and those intending to pursue a faculty career in engineering. BPE Strategy Track projects should explore, develop, and implement large-scale research-based strategies that promote a more diverse workforce. The target date for full proposals is May 1. NSF recommends that potential investigators contact a program officer before submission.
The Department of Labor announced it will commit up to $150 million to the Ready to Work Partnership grant competition — a program that supports and scales innovative public-private partnerships to build a pipeline of talented U.S. workers in middle- and high-skill jobs.
There is a distinct educational disconnect that we need to resolve today. The real word application of science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM, is increasingly important in the workforce while science and technology are becoming less emphasized in today’s classrooms.