Organizations that support science outreach

The websites below are great sources of information about all things outreach. They include examples of outreach projects, lists of successful funding applications and relevant evaluation methods.

  • Informal science
    A growing online community site that strives to support knowledge-sharing, collaboration and the growth of innovation among diverse professionals in the field of informal science education.
  • howtosmile
    Collects the best educational materials on the web and creates learning activities, tools and services — all designed especially for those who teach school-aged kids outside a classroom setting.
  • AAAS Trellis
    Online database offering “a single place for anyone in science to engage with all of the communities to which they belong.”
  • National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement
    UK-based site providing guidance and materials for academic institutions seeking to reach a wide audience. 


These organizations are involved with organizing and supporting public outreach activities and programs.


In addition to the ASBMB, several different organizations provide funding for science outreach and informal education activities. Science-oriented companies have philanthropic foundations that support educational initiatives.

  • 3M
    A catalyst for cooperative approaches that engage students in science and math to make connections to everyday life and future careers.
  • Abbott Fund
    Creates healthier communities worldwide by investing in ideas that promote science and medical innovation, expand access to health care, and strengthen communities around the globe.
  • Alfred P. Sloan Foundation
    Interested in projects that have a high expected return to society and for which funding from the private sector, government or other foundations is not yet widely available.
  • Honda
    Helps meet the needs of American society in the areas of youth and scientific education by awarding grants to nonprofits while strategically assisting communities in deriving long-term benefits.
  • Biogen
    Improves the quality of people’s lives and contributes to the vitality of the communities in which it operates, with a special emphasis on innovative ways to promote science literacy and encourage young people to consider science careers.
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
    Advances the biomedical sciences by supporting research and other scientific and educational activities.
  • Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
    Helps individuals attain economic independence by advancing educational achievement and entrepreneurial success, consistent with the aspirations of its founder, Ewing Marion Kauffman.
  • ExxonMobil
    Encourages careers in the math and science fields.
  • GlaxoSmithKline
    Supports innovative health and education programs designed to bring sustainable, positive change across America.
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute
    Enhances science education for students at all levels, from the earliest grades through advanced training.
  • Intel Foundation
    Improves the educational opportunities and quality of life for communities worldwide.
  • Northrop Grumman
    Provides unique education experiences related to STEM for students and teachers.
  • Dow
    Connects the world with chemistry, with the wonder of the elements.
  • The Kavli Foundation
    Advances science for the benefit of humanity, promotes public understanding of scientific research, and supports scientists and their work.
  • Merck
    Fosters educational opportunity, eliminates achievement gaps among disadvantaged people, and expands quality education in science.
  • Society for Science and the Public
    Works to inspire the next generation of STEM leaders through grants, media outreach and activities.

Government agencies

Several agencies within the federal government run their own formal and informal STEM education programs. These entities also offer grant programs and funding that support external programs.

Department of Defense

Within the Department of Defense, each of the three major branches of the military funds STEM educational programs.

Department of Education

The Department of Education promotes student achievement and preparation for global competitiveness by fostering educational excellence and ensuring equal access.

Department of Energy

The Department of Energy provides funding for several fellowships, along with research training, and sponsors STEM events like the National Science Bowl and Solar Decathlon.

  • Office of Science
    Reaches out to America’s youth in grades K-12 and their teachers to help improve students’ knowledge of science and mathematics and their understanding of global energy and environmental challenges.
  • STEM education programs and resources
    The Department of Energy has many programs, internships, scholarships and research opportunities focused on developing the next generation of STEM professionals.

Environmental Protection Agency

The Environmental Protection Agency seeks to engage and empower communities and partners in order to support and advance environmental protection and human health nationwide. 

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Public education plays a strong role in every one of the separate missions within NASA.

National Institutes of Health

Several of the individual institutes and centers across the NIH sponsor outreach and education programs.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The education mission of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is to “advance environmental literacy and promote a diverse workforce in ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather and climate sciences, encouraging stewardship and increasing informed decision making for the nation.”

  • National Sea Grant College Program
    Promotes better understanding, conservation and use of America’s coastal resources.
  • Office of Education
    Implements and manages scholarship programs aimed at fostering American competitiveness in science by providing quality educational opportunities for the next generation and also offers competitive grant programs at the national and regional levels to promote environmental literacy efforts through collaboration with external partners.
  • Teacher at Sea Program
    Provides teachers hands-on, real-world research experience working at sea with world-renowned NOAA scientists, thereby giving them insight into oceanic and atmospheric research crucial to the nation.
  • National Ocean Service Education
    Builds ocean, coastal and climate literacy for students and educators.

National Science Foundation

At the National Science Foundation, education is a central component for funding programs within every directorate.

United States Department of Agriculture

Educational funding from the Department of Agriculture helps provide federal leadership in creating and disseminating knowledge spanning the biological, physical and social sciences related to agricultural research, economic analysis, statistics, extension and higher education.