STEM Nexus: Connecting Massachusetts' STEM Community

Current Solicitations

Quinsigmaond Community College student works in a biomedical lab

Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund

Northeast Regional STEM Network

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.  

This grant will run from September 2017 through September 2018.  We do not anticipate state funding in FY 19 or future years.

Responses to this RFP be aligned to the current priorities of the STEM Advisory Council as well as priorities of the three education agencies as outlined in later sections of this RFP.

Information Session: June 28, 2017 (by conference call)
Anyone interested in participating should send an email to Keith Connors, Program Manager of the STEM Pipeline Fund, at FAQs will be posted to the Regional Network section of the DHE website, as well as on CommBuys, after the session is completed

Deadline: August 21, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.


This website is supported by the STEM Pipeline Fund, a state trust account administered by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to support STEM initiatives.