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Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Educational Program: Science, Mathematics And Research for Transformation (SMART)

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This federal aid program is managed by:

Office of the Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense


To: (1) increase the intellectual capacity and proficiency of future scientists and engineers in disciplines critical to defense; and (2) to increase the number of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) qualified individuals in the DoD workforce.

Funding obligations:

(Project Grants (Fellowships)) FY 09 $32,625,000; FY 10 est $37,300,000; FY 11 est $50,000,000

Uses and Use Restrictions:

Awards are made to undergraduate and graduate students majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field, who must be U.S. citizens and enrolled in an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning, e.g., university, college, etc. Specified in application.

Examples of Funded Projects:

Not Applicable.

Program Accomplishments:

Fiscal Year 2010: No Current Data Available Fiscal Year 2011: Estimate 250-275 new awards to be made. Transition approximately 175 additional SMART participants to DoD workforce. Fiscal Year 2012: No Current Data Available

Types of Assistance:

Project Grants

Range and Average of Financial Assistance:

Average annual award is approximately $70,000. Awards can vary due to differences in educational level and tuition.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance:

Eligible students may receive a SMART award from one to five years. See the following for information on how assistance is awarded/released: Varies depending on type of assistance.

Applicant Eligibility:

All applicants must be at least 18 years of age and U.S. citizens. Applicants must be an undergraduate or graduate student majoring in a DoD-relevant STEM field. Applicants participate in internships at DoD laboratories. Participants will be required to obtain and/or maintain a security clearance. Upon completion of their degree, applicants are expected to work full-time for the DoD.

Beneficiary Eligibility:

Beneficiaries are undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in a DoD-relevant STEM field.

Award Procedure:

Award decisions will be based on a competitive selection process.

Contact Info for Headquarters Office:

Deborah Shifflett Naval Postgraduate School, SMART Program, 1 University Circle, Hermann Hall Rm 061, American Society for Engineering Education, 1818 N Street, N.W. Suite 600 Washington, DC 20036-2479 , Monterey, California 93943 Email: Phone: (202) 331-3544.

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