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The STEM Crisis: Reality or Myth?

From the November 11, 2013 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy: “For the United States to maintain its global supremacy in innovation, the commonplace goes, the nation must crank out more and more college graduates in STEM programs—science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Otherwise a continuing shortage of workers in those fields will sink the nation and its economy beneath the surface of an ever-flatter world, overrun by lower-paid foreigners who have outpaced us in STEM education. Behind the hand-wringing sits the very real question of where the next wave of American jobs will come from.” For more, go to

VCCS Chancellor’s Innovation Fund (CIF) Deadline: November 4

The CIF is now requesting proposals to support innovative projects aimed at increasing student access to and success in postsecondary education and training. Please contact grants development staff (see “contact information” on our web site) to get the process started and to review your application. CIF is particularly interested in Student Services (including providing support to military veterans, college completion, and integration of academic and student services), Technology (including the use of mobile devices, social media, and other digital tools), and Workforce Development. Award amounts are $5,000 to $75,000 per project. The grant period is December 2, 2013 – June 30, 2014. In 2012, 32 proposals were submitted involving projects at 19 Virginia colleges, and 24 were awarded – including four to NOVA faculty and staff. You can find the Request for Proposals and all supporting application materials at:

SPIN database available

If you have use a NOVA computer on campus, then you have automatic access to SPIN, the online research database for finding grant programs. Narrow your search by region, activity, or applicant type (individual or organization) to find your next grant. Contact the grants development staff (under “Learn More” on our web page) to help you with your application submission. You can start today –