Fast Grants for STEM Talent Identification & Development

There is growing recognition that while the seeds of talent in mathematics and the sciences are very broadly distributed, the opportunities to develop this talent are not. For example, around 4 percent of International Math Olympiad gold medalists have been female, and 0.1 percent African. This Fast Grants program is intended to – borrowing a beautiful phrase from Carina Initiatives – spur research aimed at sending more individuals from more communities to the frontiers of science and technology. More specifically, this program aims to accelerate the development of more effective tools, methods, and strategies for discovering and supporting high-potential individuals with hidden talents in STEM. For example, how effective are different methods for identifying hidden math talent, and are there individuals who are systematically missed under different approaches? What are the most effective programs for supporting exceptionally talented youth in realizing their potential?

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The proposal should be no longer than 1500 words. You may also attach supplementary materials, but we will read the proposal first and it must stand on its own.

Convince us that this is a great idea worth investing in, and tell us what is new or unusual in your vision and understanding. What’s the problem you intend to solve? If you have a ballpark budget, let us know the bare basics now; we won’t hold you to it strictly.

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Fast Grants for Innovations in STEM Talent Identification and Development is a fiscally sponsored project of the Digital Harbor Foundation.