The STEM Talent Challenge seeks to develop or expand regional workforce capacity to support high-growth, high-wage entrepreneurial ventures, industries of the future (which usually includes industries that leverage emerging technologies), and other innovation-driven businesses that have a high likelihood of accelerating economic competitiveness and job creation in their respective regions and in the United States.
Competition applicants may request up to $250,000 for implementation of a 24-month program. A 1:1 funding match is required.
The following entities are eligible STEM Talent Challenge grant recipients:
- a State;
- an Indian tribe;
- a city or other political subdivision of a State;
- an entity that is—
has an application that is supported by a State, a political subdivision of a State, or a native organization; or
- a nonprofit organization,
- an institution of higher education,
- a public-private partnership,
- a science or research park,
- a Federal laboratory, or
- an economic development organization or similar entity; and
- a consortium of any of the entities described in subparagraphs (1) through (4).
Potential applicants with questions regarding eligible activities under the STEM Talent Challenge and the Good Jobs Challenge are encouraged to contact the EDA Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship (OIE) at firstname.lastname@example.org or the Georgia EDA Economic Development Representative: