University of Southern California


STEM Expert Facilitation of Family Learning in Libraries and Museums (STEMEX) – A National Leadership Grants Special Initiative

Slots:                                                   One                 
LOI:                                                     N/A
Internal Deadline:                         March 11, 2016, 5pm
External Deadline:                         May 1, 2016
Award Information:                       

Type: Grant
Estimated Number of Awards: 3
Anticipated Amount: Up to $1,000,000 for up to 2 years.

Cost Sharing:                                 Because these are research projects, no cost sharing is required. Any cost share provided will not be considered in the review of the application.

Submission Process:                    PIs must submit their application as a Limited Submission through the Office of Research Application Portal:

Materials to submit:

Link to Award:

Who May Serve as PI:                  

Before submitting an application, your organization must have a current and active D-U-N-S® Number, registration, and registration.

Libraries, agencies, institutions of higher education, museums, and other entities that advance the museum and library fields and that meet the eligibility criteria set forth in the NOFO may apply.


Given the specificity and range of elements involved in developing a successful proposal for this initiative, potential applicants are strongly encouraged to contact IMLS program staff before submitting a proposal. For more information about successful proposals, read the accompanying PDF.

We are interested in proposals for design-based research projects that develop and explore models for inquiry-based STEM programs delivered by scientists, engineers, and related technical practitioners (STEM experts) to children ages 6-10 and their families. In particular, proposals should address the role of expert oral narratives (e.g., storytelling, personal histories, and analogies) as part of object-based science inquiry (Dahlstrom, 2014). Proposals should include information about how findings from this research will be applicable in both museum and library settings.

Visit our Institutionally Limited Submission webpage for updates and other announcements.