Grant Opportunities

2015 Bisgrove Scholar Program RFP

The future of Arizona is linked to the creativity and competitiveness of highly imaginative researchers in science and engineering. They must be innovative and creative, bold and entrepreneurial, and capable of scholarship that will be recognized as world class. Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) will continue the Bisgrove Scholar Program for recruitment, retention, and mentoring of top tier post-doctoral and early tenure track scientists and engineers to Arizona. This Program aspires to become nationally recognized in its ability to empower outstanding young scholars with the independence needed to contribute new knowledge through scholarship and service.

For additional information about this RFP and application, please download the information packet and application.

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Application Criteria and Process

Grants are funded on a competitive basis and judged by global experts. The evaluation and selection process is governed by Requests For Proposals (RFP).

Criteria used to evaluate proposals includes: quality of the proposal; quality and merit of the principal investigator(s)’s track record(s); strategic value and competitive advantage for Arizona.

We minimize risk and maximize return on investment through:

  • A Transparent Process: Operations are fully transparent with performance metrics being well-defined and reported on an annual basis.  In addition to annual reports, Science Foundation Arizona submits financial and program reports.  In the event a grant recipient fails to achieve or perform, Science Foundation Arizona terminates funding.
  • Commitment to Excellence:  Science Foundation Arizona is committed to funding only those proposals that pass the rigorous scrutiny of national and international standards such as those used by federal agencies like the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health and other grant-making institutions.
  • Expert, Independent Review:  Proposals undergo multiple reviews by experts in science, engineering, innovation and business.  Technical reviews are provided by external peer review experts to avoid any conflicts of interest.
  • Performance Metrics:  All SFAz investments track specific performance metrics, and return on investment expectations will be supported by established national and regional measurements provided by an independent economic study.

Science & Computer Lab RFP - CLOSED

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is excited to announce the release of a request for proposals (RFP) aimed at rural middle and high schools in Arizona. SFAz has received private donations with the express purpose of assisting rural Arizona districts to raise the achievement level of their students. This RFP is for middle and high schools to develop or enhance stationary or mobile science and computer labs. There will be multiple awardees for grants up to $50,000. Please download the RFP and other documents below. The proposals are due in to SFAz by 2:00 pm on February 26, 2014. The awards will be made this spring in time for the purchase of equipment for the 2014-15 school year.

For additional information about this RFP and application, please download the information packet and application.

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Get your program noticed by state and national funders and educators - CLOSED

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is working with Change the Equation (CTEq), a nonprofit, nonpartisan, industry-led initiative, on its the STEMworks database to help educators, business leaders, and other funders identify and support programs that improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning.

This SFAz-led pilot will focus on STEM education programs that have merit and command attention in Arizona and nationally. SFAz, a non-profit organization dedicated to growing Arizona’s economy through strategic linking of education, research and industry, is looking for 25 STEM teaching and learning programs developed and/or delivered primarily in Arizona for consideration and inclusion in the CTEq STEMworks database.

Any STEM learning program that serves PK-12 students and teachers, in or out of school, can apply. Applicants will be reviewed by an independent panel of experts against Change the Equation’s Design Principles for Effective Philanthropy and an accompanying rubric.

For additional information about this RFP and application, please download the information packet and application.

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Virtual STEM Employer Engagement RFP - Closed

Science Foundation Arizona (SFAz) is excited to announce the release of a request for proposals (RFP) aimed at Virtual STEM Employer Engagement in Arizona. Creating career exploration and hands-on, project-based learning experiences for six through eighth grade students in Arizona through an employer engagement program that includes virtual tours, real time broadcasts, projects and lessons tied to the Arizona College and Career Ready Standards.

For additional information about this RFP and application, please download the information packet and application.

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Middle Skills STEM Pathways RFP -- CLOSED

To Arizona’s Community Colleges and Joint Technical Education Districts:

With generous funding from JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Science Foundation Arizona is pleased to issue the attached REQUEST FOR PROPOSAL for MIDDLE SKILLS STEM PATHWAYS - Providing opportunities for students to earn industry-recognized credential(s) leading to middle-skill jobs.

ONE proposal from each institution will be accepted, and partnership between institutions is encouraged.

Proposals are due to Science Foundation Arizona by email (preferred) not later than NOON on AUGUST 25, 2014.   Proposals are limited to 8 pages plus a budget page.

Two awards are anticipated at a maximum $60,000 for a 9-month time period starting approximately September 30, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

Questions about the grant may be addressed to Caroline VanIngen-Dunn at, or in her absence Mary O’Reilly at

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Reporting Templates & Policies
Please consult your award letter for payment and reporting schedules in addition to other post award requirements.

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Annual Review Documents and Templates

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Principal Investigator To-Do’s

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  2. Please put a link on your website to the SFAz website at
  3. Please acknowledge SFAz in your relevant publications per the Terms and Conditions
  4. Ensure you complete Award Requirements document included below and send to

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