Innovation Fund


A goal of the Iowa Governor’s STEM Advisory Council (Iowa STEM Council) is to support research based STEM education proven to promote, inspire and engage youth in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) activities and to introduce youth and their parents to careers through STEM.

In support of that goal, the Iowa STEM Council is launching a statewide Innovation Fund, a financial resource available to organizations with ideas for innovative STEM programs that show promise for supporting the goal and scaling across Iowa. The intention of this fund is not to support past or current STEM Scale-Up programs with additional resources, but rather serve as an incubator for new STEM Scale-Up programming ( Programs wishing to eventually be selected for the Iowa STEM Scale-Up program menu will be evaluated through the STEMworks database at

The Iowa STEM Council invites applications for ideas that will have an impact upon Iowans locally, regionally, and potentially on a statewide level. The Iowa STEM Council will not fund marketing or promotional campaigns for commercial products or services, nor will it fund policy advocacy activities.

Estimated Funding

Awards will range from $500 (minimum) up to a maximum of $10,000 per award. Applicants must provide a 10% cash match. All programs funded must be completed within one calendar year of award date with a final report due at the end of the award period. A template will be provided. Funding will be provided on a cost reimbursement basis. The STEM Council reserves the right to determine the number of awards made based on the quality of applications and availability of funds.

Eligible Applicants

Organizations eligible to apply for the STEM Innovation Fund are Iowa’s public and private educational institutions, home school associations, area education associations, and Iowa-registered non-profits. Individuals or for-profit entities are not eligible to apply—though those groups may be partners in the work conducted by the award recipient. Though for-profit businesses do not meet the eligibility to apply, they are encouraged to be a part of a partnership program which would be submitted by an eligible entity on behalf of all of the partners. All applicants must apply with the intention to further develop their program to eventually scale across Iowa.

Important Dates
- Application will open September 2019
- Application will close October 2019


To Apply - Applications are not be accepted at this time.