By Jenny House Ph. D.
Today’s article focuses on the White House and STEM. The President’s budget proposal includes reducing the number of STEM programs from 226 to 110. 78 of the programs will be totally eliminated; others will be merged. These programs are managed by three government agencies: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.
The goal of the consolidation of programs is to reduce duplication among programs. You may not realize it but there are about $3B spent on STEM by the federal government. The Government Accountability Office reported that among the programs, at least 83% overlapped with others. The savings will be repurposed into STEM efforts. The proposed budget AFTER this consolidation is $3.1B – 6% more than last year.
So don’t be worried. There are still an incredible number of programs that we must monitor and access when appropriate – 110!
So what does this mean to you?
All of you selling into STEM funds must remember that these do not just come from the Department of Education. The three agencies they identify here are: the Education Department, the National Science Foundation and the Smithsonian Institution.
When you are doing your business planning, you need to include targeting districts that would be eligible for a majority of these programs. When you are selling, you need to understand which of these 110 programs that district could qualify for and which would allow the purchase of your products or services.