Relevant to those in the US with an interest in high school and undergraduate STEM education for the technician workforce in Advanced Manufacturing Technologies, Agricultural Technologies, Biotechnology, Energy Technologies, Environmental Technologies, Engineering Technologies, Information Technologies, Security Technologies, and Micro- and Nano-Technologies.
NSF Advanced Technological Education (ATE) Programme
In FY 2019, the ATE program expects to fund new awards totaling $62 million.
This includes approximately 25-30 new project awards, ranging from $75,000 to $200,000 per year and having a duration of up to three years. Allowable projects include curriculum and educational materials development, which I know is close to many of your interests.
The Advanced Technological Education (ATE) program promotes improvement in the education of science and engineering technicians at the undergraduate and the secondary school levels. Proposals to the program may aim to affect specialized technology courses or core science, mathematics, and technology courses that serve as immediate prerequisites or co-requisites for specialized technology courses/programs. The curricular focus and the activities of all projects should demonstrably contribute to the ATE program’s central goals: producing more qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands, and improving the technical skills and the general science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) preparation of these technicians and the educators who prepare them. To this end, it is expected that courses developed or updated will be credit-bearing courses, although materials may also support incumbent worker education.
Also very interesting:
Developers are strongly encouraged to use an open licensing approach for any new learning materials and computer software source code when these materials are developed as a component of the proposed project.
No mention of hardware, but positive nonetheless and suggests that a proposal integrating open hardware might be well received!