Office of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Engagement

The Office of STEM Engagement oversees strategic direction and coordination of the organization’s STEM engagement activities.[1] The Office of STEM Engagement is tasked with building a diversified STEM workforce by engaging students in learning experiences with NASA-related people, content and facilities as well as creating connections between the organization and the public. The office looks to increase K-12 involvement in NASA projects as well as to improve higher education, support underrepresented populations, strengthen online education, and enhance NASA’s contribution to education. This includes NASA’s traditional education portfolio comprised of grants and cooperative agreements including the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant), Established Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR), and the Minority University Research and Education Program (MUREP). NASA's Office of STEM Engagement provides grants to colleges and universities as well as informal education institutions such as museums and science centers. [2]

The FY2021 Budget Request defunded the Office of STEM Engagement, approximately $120 million cut in total. These include traditional education portfolio of domestic assistance awards (i.e., grants and cooperative agreements). According to the request, NASA will continue to support such education efforts as internships and fellowships, which are funded by the mission directorates. A functional office at NASA headquarters (funded out of Safety, Security, and Mission Services) will oversee Agency-wide coordination of STEM engagement efforts. According to the request, NASA will “implement an orderly shutdown of the Office of STEM Engagement programs and projects with the goals of minimizing negative impact to awardees and performing closeout in a cost-effective and efficient manner.” In the request, NASA proposes that these funds be redirected "to NASA's core mission of exploration." [3]

Additional information on NASA STEM engagement programs and contact information can be found at:

Links to the Center Education Offices and the Mission Directorates are provided below:

Center Education Offices

Mission Directorates

Updated October 2020, Kevine Lidoro