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DoD announces funding for STEM workforce development programs

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DoD announces $50 million in funding for STEM workforce development programs, a key workforce priority for counties State and local governments, including counties, will be eligible to apply for program funding

On May 18, the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) announced $50 million in funding for the Future Scholars for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Workforce Development Programs. Funding will support STEM Workforce Development programs and projects that align with the federal STEM strategy and the DoD STEM initiative, and encourage submissions that improve the capacity of education systems and communities to create impactful STEM educational experiences and prepare the STEM workforce. Counties are eligible to apply for funding.

Eligible programs and projects include:

  • Internships for students at the high school through doctoral levels
  • Apprenticeship and residency programs
  • College or university project-based learning programs
  • Formal or informal workforce development programs or projects that align with the federal STEM strategy and DoD STEM initiation.

In addition to counties, eligible applicants include non-profits, small businesses, cities, states, tribes, and public and private higher education institutions. More information on the Future Scholars for STEM Workforce Development Programs can be found at this link.


For additional resources on counties and workforce development, please see the following links:

About Daria Daniel (Full Bio)

Associate Legislative Director – Community, Economic & Workforce Development & Liaison to the Large Urban County Caucus

Daria Daniel is the Associate Legislative Director for Community, Economic and Workforce Development at NACo. Daria is responsible for all policy development and lobbying for the association in the areas of housing, community, economic and workforce development. She also serves as the liaison to the Large Urban County Caucus (LUCC).

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