The Commonwealth of Massachusetts became a national STEM leader when it issued a planning grant in 2004 to create the system of PreK-16 Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Networks — a collaborative, statewide community of shared interest in STEM education. For more than a decade, the Networks have advanced the Commonwealth’s agenda for STEM education and workforce pipeline. Schools, higher education institutions, businesses, non-profit groups, policy makers and others have come to rely on the Networks as a strategic instrument to align and unify local and regional systems, communicate and scale-up best-practice experiences and sustain this model of collaboration and performance improvement.
Using the many lessons learned from all the years of the STEM Networks’ existence, the Department of Higher Education issued an RFP last year to restructure the geographic alignment of the network system for greater efficiency. This action produced strong partnerships and new configurations across the state but left the Northeast section of the Commonwealth without coverage. This RFP seeks to close this gap by selecting and funding an institution (or institutions) in the Northeast to lead a Regional STEM Network in that region.
Deadline: August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.