The Department of Defense 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.

“The Department of Defense is proud to support the STEM workforce our Nation needs to maintain our technological superiority far into the future,” said Michael Kratsios, Acting Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering. “We are particularly pleased with the range of initiatives pursued by this year’s awardees, with programs for early childhood education, post-secondary study, and outreach to student veterans. This investment will be critical to expanding STEM opportunities to students, educators, and veterans in underserved, underrepresented, and military-connected communities.”

These awardees, which include K-12 and higher education organizations, non-profits, and industry, will provide innovative opportunities to implement STEM education and outreach, while providing awareness of the Department’s STEM career opportunities.

Activities will support the DoD STEM strategic plan and align to the 2018 Federal STEM strategic plan. Several of these efforts will include collaboration with the Department’s laboratories and military installations across the country.

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