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EDA launches $2 million STEM Talent Challenge

August 12, 2021

The U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) has launched the FY 2021 $2 million STEM Talent Challenge to support programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation. The challenge will provide funding for work-and-learn programs to increase America’s workforce in emerging and transformative sectors such as space commerce, aeronautics, digital manufacturing, biotechnology, advanced manufacturing and cybersecurity. 

Competitive applications will demonstrate how the program will develop or expand regional STEM workforce capacity to support entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future, and other innovation-driven businesses.

Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month workforce program that complements their region’s innovation economy.  A 1:1 funding match is required. The deadline to apply is Oct. 12, 2021. For more information, the 2021 STEM Talent Challenge notice of funding opportunity is available here.

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