Grant Details

Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) (New York)

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    Funder Type

    State Government

    IT Classification

    B - Readily funds technology as part of an award


    New York State Education Department (NYSED)


    The purpose of the Science and Technology Entry Program is to prepare secondary school students, who are either economically disadvantaged or minorities historically underrepresented in scientific, technical, health, health-related and licensed professions, for entry into postsecondary degree programs in scientific, technical, health-related fields, and the licensed professions.


    History of Funding

    During the 2019-2020 program year, $15,811,180 was awarded to 59 projects.

    Additional Information

    The State of New York has implemented a statewide prequalification process designed to facilitate prompt contracting for not-for-profit vendors. All not-for-profit vendors are required to pre-qualify by the grant application deadline in order to be eligible for this grant. This includes all currently funded not-for-profit institutions that may have previously received an award and are in the middle of the program cycle. Please review the additional information regarding this requirement in the Prequalification for Individual Applications section of this RFP.


    Kim Overrocker

    Kim Overrocker
    89 Washington Avenue
    Albany, NY 12234

  • Eligibility Details

    Eligible applicants are New York State degree granting postsecondary institutions or consortia of such institutions with registered scientific, technical, or health related professional or pre-professional programs that lead to professional licensure or to employment in scientific, technical, and health related fields may submit proposals.

    The institution submitting the proposal, or if the applicant represents a consortium then at least half of the institutions in the consortium must be located within a school district with an enrollment that is at least 20 percent Black or African American, Hispanic/Latino, or American Indian/Alaska Native, or located near such a district that is easily accessible by public transportation.

    Deadline Details

    A non-mandatory notice of intent may be submitted by October 25, 2019. Applications were to be submitted by November 8, 2019. This grant funds on a 5-year cycle.

    Award Details

    It is anticipated that approximately $15,000,000 will be available in toal funding. This RFP covers a five-year funding cycle from July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2025. There is a 25% match required for each year of funding from a combination of institutional and/or other non-NY state funds.

    • The maximum award for an individual STEP project funded during the 20-25 cycle will be $450,000 per year.
    • The maximum award for any newly funded individual STEP project will be $300,000.
    • The maximum award for a consortium STEP project will be $1,000,000 per year.

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