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Grant Program: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education
Contact: Dr. Christina Chhin
(202) 245-7736


The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education topic supports research on the improvement of students' STEM knowledge and skills. The long-term outcome of this research will be an array of tools and strategies (e.g., curricula, programs, assessments) that are documented to be effective for improving or assessing students' STEM learning and achievement.

Since 2002, IES has made significant progress in helping to support rigorous, scientific research in STEM that is relevant to education practice and policy, particularly within the domains of mathematics and science (see Compendium of Math and Science Research Funded by NCER and NCSER: 2002-2013). Prior to 2017, the predecessor of the STEM Education topic was the Mathematics and Science Education (Math/Science) topic. By changing the Math/Science Education topic to STEM Education, IES encourages new research focusing on all domains of STEM education.

Improving STEM education is a national priority. Current levels of STEM achievement at the elementary and secondary levels suggest that the United States is neither preparing the general population with levels of STEM knowledge necessary for the 21st century workplace, nor producing an adequate pipeline to meet national needs for domestic scientists, mathematicians, and engineers. IES has funded numerous grants to explore, develop, evaluate, and measure instructional strategies and materials for improving students' STEM learning. Although IES has made great progress, particularly within the mathematics and science domains, more research is still needed on how to improve STEM teaching and learning for all students in all domains of STEM. In addition, more research is needed on effective programs, policies, and practices for closing the gaps and increasing the opportunities, achievement, and persistence of students underrepresented in STEM from prekindergarten to postsecondary and adult education.

See the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics page to learn more about IES initiatives in this area.