National Defense Education Program


To obtain support for the management, development, implementation, research/evaluation, and furthering of new and existing partnerships between the Department of Defense and its National Defense Education Program (NDEP) for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education and outreach activities, and other educational outreach efforts, as well as STEM workforce development initiatives across the K through College continuum, to include skilled trades and advanced manufacturing that do not require four-year degrees . The scope will cover all 50 states, U.S. territories, and DoDEA schools.

General information about this opportunity
Last Known Status
Program Number
Federal Agency/Office
Department of Defense
Type(s) of Assistance Offered
B - Project Grants
Program Accomplishments
Fiscal Year 2020 In the 2019-2020 solicitation cycle, the Department of Defense and its National Defense Education Program (NDEP) announced the selection of 12 awardees for the National Defense Education Program Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) awards. These distinguished educational and industry partners will receive more than $31 million over a three-year period to establish or expand STEM education, outreach, and workforce initiatives for students and educators from early childhood through postsecondary. The goal of this effort is to establish programs to better position the current and next-generation STEM workforce, which is critical to the Department and our Nation’s security. To learn more about each of these award, please visit our DoD STEM website at
Fiscal Year 2021 The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) successfully published a funding opportunity announcement in DEC of 2020, for the 2020-2021 solicitation cycle. Grant awards will be completed and made publicly available by SEP/OCT 2021.
Fiscal Year 2022 The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) successfully published a Notice of Funding Opportunity HQ003422NFOEASD01 on 25 JAN 2022. Cooperative Agreement awards will be fully executed by 1 SEP 2022.
Fiscal Year 2023 The National Defense Education Program (NDEP) successfully published an Open Five-Year Notice of Funding Opportunity HQ003423NFOEASD01 on January 2023. Annual funding opportunities will be posted as amendments under this listing. The 2023 awards will be fully executed by September 2022.
America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology Education, and Science Reauthorization Act of 2010., Title America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, Part a, Section 1
Improvement of education in technical fields: general authority regarding education in science, mathematics, and engineering U.S.C. 2192
Educational Partnerships U.S.C. 2194
Manufacturing Experts in the Classroom U.S.C. 4844
Department of Defense cooperative education programs U.S.C. 2195
Manufacturing Engineering Education Program U.S.C. 4843
Improvement of education in technical fields: grants for higher education in science and mathematics U.S.C. 2193
Programs to expand STEM opportunities; improving undergraduate STEM experiences; Informal STEM education; and developing STEM apprenticeships., Title American Innovation and Competitiveness Act of 2017, Part III. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math Education, Section Sections: 305, 309, 311, and 312
Who is eligible to apply/benefit from this assistance?
Applicant Eligibility
Please refer to funding opportunity announcement for specific eligibility requirements. Profit is not allowed.
Beneficiary Eligibility
General public: students, parents, learners, teachers/educators in K-12 schools, post-secondary institutions, and not-for-profit organizations with equity in education and workforce development.
Applicants should reference the funding announcement on 2 CFR 200, Subpart E - Cost Principles applies to this program.
What is the process for applying and being award this assistance?
Pre-Application Procedure
Preapplication coordination is not applicable.
Application Procedure
2 CFR 200, Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards applies to this program. Funding opportunity announcement may require a two-step process in white paper submission and full technical proposals. See funding opportunity for directions.
Award Procedure
After merit review is completed, awards will be negotiated, and POCs will be contacted.
Contact the headquarters or regional location, as appropriate for application deadlines
Approval/Disapproval Decision Time
More than 180 days.
Appeals are not applicable to this assistance listing and funding opportunity announcement.
More than 180 days. Grant awards are typically 3-year duration. Awardees may apply and compete for renewal or extension after the 3-year period, if funding opportunity is made available.
How are proposals selected?
Criteria for the review and selection of proposals will be published in the funding opportunity announcement.
How may assistance be used?
1. Develop, implement, recommend, manage, evaluate, and support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and outreach programs, other educational outreach programs, as well as workforce development initiatives aligned to DoD's National Defense Education Program (NDEP), and to the Federal STEM strategic plan. Partnerships between academia, industry, nonprofit organizations, and local educational agencies are strongly encouraged. 2. Develop, implement, manage and evaluate programs that demonstrate an effective integration of math across science and technology subject areas. 3. Develop and implement exploratory pilot programs that seek to create new educational experiences for students in STEM, especially those from underserved populations to include military connected students and schools 4. Develop larger cohesive STEM education and outreach activities that strengthen the capacity of regional/local communities and stakeholders to leverage partnerships. 5. Develop, implement, manage, and evaluate manufacturing engineering education program (MEEP) at various levels from pre-college, to collegiate levels of undergraduate and graduate that prepares participants for realistic job previews. 6. Develop activities that exposes participants to the necessary technical and problem solving skills for competency in cyber, promote/encourage computational and digital literacy. 7. Encourage partnerships in the STEM ecosystem to develop and implement STEM education and outreach programs with a holistic approach to understanding real-world applications. 8. Develop trans-disciplinary activities which creates understanding of innovation entrepreneurship in the development of new technologies and technology transfer 9. Provide training, marketing and outreach videos. 10. Provide programmatic support to the NDEP STEM programs/initiatives for students, teachers, parents, and schools. 11. Informing K-12 and post-secondary students/learners of the possibility of a career in the STEM fields so as to insure that a viable workforce will be available from which DoD and the Nation can recruit future scientists, engineers, and other STEM professionals.
What are the requirements after being awarded this opportunity?
Performance Reports: Annual and end of award report
Only as required and necessary if not covered by 2 CFR 200.
Recipients are required to maintain records adequate to document costs incurred. Financial records, supporting documents, statistical records and all other records pertinent to an agreement will be retained for a period of 3 years. The retention period starts from the date of the submission of the final expenditure report or, for grants that are renewed annually, from the date of the submission of the annual financial status report. The recipient will allow access to any pertinent books, documents, papers, and records of the recipient organization and their sub-recipients to make audits, examinations, excerpts and transcripts.
Other Assistance Considerations
Formula and Matching Requirements
Statutory formula is not applicable to this assistance listing.

Matching requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.

MOE requirements are not applicable to this assistance listing.
Length and Time Phasing of Assistance
The awards will vary in duration. Method of awarding/releasing assistance: Letter.
Who do I contact about this opportunity?
Regional or Local Office
None/Not specified.
Headquarters Office
Louie Lopez
4800 Mark Center Drive
Alexandria, VA 22350 USA
Phone: 5713726715
Website Address
Financial Information
Account Identification
(Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22 FY 23 FY 24 FY 21 FY 20$30,000,000.00; FY 19$0.00; FY 18$0.00; - (Project Grants (Cooperative Agreements)) FY 22$24,943,092.00; FY 23 est $53,000,000.00; FY 24 est $4,000,000.00; FY 21$47,000,000.00; FY 20 FY 19 -
Range and Average of Financial Assistance
Awards will vary in duration and amount.
Regulations, Guidelines and Literature
Federal STEM Strategic Plan DoD STEM Strategic Plan
Examples of Funded Projects
Fiscal Year 2021 NDEP STEM Grant Recipient Project Abstracts can be found on DoD STEM website: Funded projects range from providing educational opportunities to students across the K-20 education continuum, to providing teacher professional development at the K-12. Sample activities include web-based portal where students can interact for free with virtual STEM professionals in DoD priority areas; transforming early childhood science teaching based upon DoDEA College and Career Ready Standards for Science to measurably increase student science, literacy, and math achievement through high-impact STEM educational experiences for students and teachers; introducing undergraduates to restricted research initiative; build-up the effectiveness of teachers while providing innovative student engagement as levers of change in the STARward STEM program that is purposefully designed to ignite students’ passion for STEM while illuminating new and exciting STEM career paths by starting early, incorporating technology, and using innovative partnerships to fuel this mission; and leveraging existing college and community strengths and resources, the program will create new engagement experiences by providing clear pathways for students to explore STEM options and train for STEM careers
Fiscal Year 2023 Funded projects range from implementing a summer bridge program for high school students entering 2-year institutions; assisting community college students in meeting math and science pre-requisites; provide financial support through paid research internships; leverage partners within a network of HBCUs/MIs to address barriers to success of underserved/underrepresented students in STEM; broad outreach efforts within each Consortia to provide access to community college workforce programs; partner with industry on recognized digital badges, workforce certificates and two-year degrees in advanced manufacturing, Cyber security, and information technology; implement college-based STEM summer camps; and providing social and academic support services coupled with career awareness activities.


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