Education/STEM

NASA’s Office of Education (OE) is being eliminated under the Trump administration FY2019 Budget Request. 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), although NASA will continue to support other education initiatives such as internships and fellowships within its Mission Directorates. A new office at NASA Headquarters, the Office of STEM Engagement, will oversee strategic direction and coordination of the organization’s STEM engagement activities.[1]

The newly established 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 strong 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 informal education.[2]

NASA’s FY2019 Budget Request reflects zero funding allocated for the Office of Education and its Space Grant, EPSCoR and MUREP programs. The Office of STEM Engagement will now be funded under NASA’s Agency Management and Operations.[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 April 2018 by Rachel Werth

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