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INL opens application period for 2024 K-12 education grants

November 1, 2023

By INL Media Relations

Idaho National Laboratory has opened the application period for its STEM grants. INL will award grants on behalf of Battelle Energy Alliance, which operates the lab for the U.S. Department of Energy.

INL cultivates Idaho’s education landscape by leveraging partnerships and resources to grow science, technology, engineering and math opportunities for all. The program seeks to align future workforce needs with STEM education in Idaho. Over the past decade, the lab has awarded nearly $5 million to support STEM education in Idaho.

The grant application period is open from Nov. 1 through Jan. 8, 2024. More details and grant applications can be found at

Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ and First Lady Lori Otter INL/BEA STEM Impact Grant

One $15,000 STEM Impact Grant, named in recognition of the legacy of STEM education support in Idaho by the former governor and first lady, will be presented to a team of educators. Partnering with community, business or industry is encouraged.

The grant provides full or partial support for an innovative, collaborative and sustainable STEM project that integrates STEM concepts into a school and has a demonstrable impact on Idaho students.

Classroom Grant

K-12 Classroom Grants are available for Idaho teachers and administrators to improve student understanding of and learning experiences in STEM. This grant seeks proposals that support innovative student-centered projects and experiential learning in the classroom. Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $2,000. The funding should be used to cover project materials and equipment.

South Fremont Jr. High School received INL’s $15,000 STEM Impact Grant in 2023.

Family and Community Engagement Grant

Family and Community Engagement Grants are designed to support publicly funded and nonprofit organizations. Up to $750 is available to selected applicants wishing to host a community event focused on raising awareness about STEM education and career options. The event could focus specifically on math or science, or it could celebrate STEM in general.

STEM Equity Grant

STEM Equity Grants are designed to support programs that serve underrepresented populations of pre-K-12 students. Both formal and informal educators serving historically underrepresented students in STEM education and careers are eligible for this award. Grant requests vary, with a maximum award of $1,000. Targeted groups include girls, rural and remote students, racial ethnic minority students, and economically disadvantaged students in Idaho.

Innovation in STEM Requests for Proposals

Innovation in STEM Requests for Proposals are designed to support STEM organizations, universities and other educational institutions. Up to $30,000 is available for projects that are aligned to INL’s mission, K-12 education program goals, and workforce development needs. INL values diversity, equity and inclusion, and special consideration is given to proposals addressing these values.

Each proposal or project should be submitted and will be considered separately, even if more than one proposal originates from the same organization.


Adrienne Petrovic, 208-526-1544, [email protected]
Sarah Neumann, 208-520-1651, [email protected]

About Idaho National Laboratory

Battelle Energy Alliance manages INL for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy. INL is the nation’s center for nuclear energy research and development, celebrating 75 years of scientific innovations in 2024. The laboratory performs research in each of DOE’s strategic goal areas: energy, national security, science and the environment. 

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Posted November 1, 2023

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