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Foundation Opportunities for STEM Support

For questions about approaching these foundations, please contact Raquel Benguiat
at (858) 822-6602 or raquelb@ucsd.edu / http://cfr.ucsd.edu.

To discuss maximizing the educational impact of any grant application, please contact the CREATE STEM Success Initiative staff at create@ucsd.edu. We also can assist you with evaluation planning -- and, we can link you to local and campus education partners.

Local San Diego STEM-related Program Funders

McCarthy Family Foundation, Inc.

Primary areas of interest include science education, AIDS, child welfare, and the homeless.

The Parker Foundation

Equal emphasis on cultural programs, health and welfare, including medical support and research, adult services, and youth agencies; grants also for education and community activities. Giving largely in the form of partial seed money and matching or challenge grants; generally no support that would make an organization dependent on the foundation.

The Nordson Corporation Foundation

San Diego County contact:
Ray McHenry, Mgr., Human Resources
Asymtek, 2762 Loker Ave. W.,
Carlsbad, CA 92008-6603
(760) 930-7258

The Nordson Corporation Foundation is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our communities by improving educational outcomes that enable individuals to become self-sufficient, active participants in the community. [NOTE: focus of outreach must be in the north county beaches area, where their employees may be involved in the programming.]

Nationally-based Funding Opportunities

S.R.C. Education Alliance

The foundation supports programs designed to promote science and engineering education and the semiconductor industry through university research grants, scholarships, and fellowships.

Biogen Idec Foundation Incorporated

The foundation supports programs designed to improve quality of life for communities in which Biogen operates. Special emphasis is directed toward programs designed to promote science literacy and encourage young people to consider careers in science.

Grants and Sponsorships

Biogen Idec's online grant management system provides applicants with a streamlined process for submitting requests for educational grants, sponsorships and exhibit and display fees. Applications must be submitted 60 days before the program or event date. Visit grantsoffice.biogenidec.com

The Fluor Foundation

The foundation supports programs designed to promote higher education and university science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) initiatives; and programs that benefit grades K-12. Special emphasis is directed toward STEM teacher training and professional development; and middle and high school STEM programs for ages 12 to 18.

The Northrop Grumman Foundation

The foundation supports diverse and sustainable national-level programs that enhance the education experience for students and provide teachers with the training and tools they need to be successful in the classroom.

Tellabs Foundation


The foundation supports programs designed to focus on engineering, science, mathematics, and technology education.

American Honda Foundation

The foundation supports programs designed to promote youth education. Special emphasis is directed toward science, technology, engineering, mathematics, the environment, job training, and literacy.

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