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$2 million awarded to eight winners of EDA’s STEM Talent Challenge

February 03, 2022

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the eight winners of its STEM Talent Challenge, a national competition to receive funding for programs developed to train talent in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). This challenge encourages a resilient workforce to amplify the United States as a competitive force in STEM. Winning programs will receive up to $250,000 in awards and leverage another $2.5 million in matching funds from private and public sources.

The STEM Talent Challenge is administered by the EDA’s Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, which also runs the Build to Scale program to boost regional economies by encouraging scalable startups.

STEM Talent Challenge winners are:

  • Chicanos Por La Causa, Phoenix, Arizona, $250,000
  • LabCentral, Cambridge, Massachusetts, $249,624
  • Metropolitan Community College, Omaha, Nebraska, $248,624
  • Purdue Polytechnic Anderson, Anderson, Indiana, $250,000
  • Rung for Women, St. Louis, Missouri, $250,000
  • The University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, $219,182
  • The Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, $249,397
  • Utah State University, Logan, Utah, $244,939


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