A New STEM Grand Challenge Competition

At a recent Naval STEM conference sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR), U.S. Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabussaid,  “I have committed to doubling the Navy’s investment in STEM education over the next five years… We are going to double it in a targeted and innovative way so that we reach the maximum number of people and have the maximum impact.” The secretary used his keynote to introduce a roadmap aimed at renewing the Navy’s focus on providing educational opportunities for future naval scientists and engineers — ultimately increasing total dollars committed to STEM education initiatives to more than $100 million by 2015.

As part of the roadmap, ONR has announced a STEM Grand Challenge competition to fund up to $2.5 million per team over five years for the development of “adaptive, generalizable intelligent tutors” to assist the teaching of STEM courses in middle and high school. The competition will proceed as a three-year, two-phase effort, with up to four teams selected for Phase 1 and up to two teams selected for Phase 2. The deadline for proposals (in the form of white papers) is 2pm ET on Aug. 1; full proposals are due by 2pm ET on Sept. 30.


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