Prekindergarten through Grade 12 Education

Title II, Part B Mathematics and Science Partnerships Grant


Questions and Answers Summary PDF icon (371 KB) – Posted 2/14/14

Revised RFP Document – Posted 2/14/14
NYSED has made the following revisions/corrections in this RFP

  • NYSED has revised a statement in the Eligible Applicants section in order to clarify that “Each eligible applicant can apply individually or as part of a consortium, but not both within one Targeted Priority Area (Mathematics or Science).”Eligible applicants may submit up to two separate applications: one MSP application in the Mathematics Priority Area and one application in the Science Priority Area. These separate applications may both be submitted as individual or consortium applications, or there may be one of each type.
  • Within the Accountability, Reporting and Evaluation Requirements section of the RFP, GPRA Measure 2: Student Achievement has been corrected to state, “The percentage of students in classrooms of MSP teachers who score at the basic level or below in State assessments of mathematics or science.”

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.54 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (618 KB)
Eligibility List PDF icon (145 KB)

Purpose of Funding

The Mathematics and Science Partnerships (MSP) program is a competitive grant program intended to increase academic achievement of students in mathematics and science by supporting and enhancing the content knowledge and instructional practices for teachers of mathematics and science. Partnerships between high-need school districts and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) departments in institutions of higher education are at the core of an innovative comprehensive systems approach to improve efforts for teaching and learning in mathematics and science.

Eligible Applicants

Eligible Applicant - A Partnership that includes:

  • A high-need local education agency: The high-need Local Education Agency (LEA) must be the applicant and fiscal agent of the partnership.

    For purposes of this grant, a high-need LEA is defined as a public school district (“Eligible District”) or public charter school (“Eligible Charter School”) that has at least 50% of students from low-income families as determined using the criteria specified in Code 0198 (Poverty - from low-income family) in the New York State Student Information Repository System (SIRS), also known as the Level 2 Statewide data warehouse, for the 2012-2013 school year. A list of eligible applicants that meet this criterion can be found in Attachment III – Eligibility List. The eligibility list is based on the data submitted and certified by public school districts and public charter schools in the SIRS BEDS Day Enrollment Verification Report by Location of Enrollment & Student Subgroup.

  • Consortiums, defined as follows:
    • Eligible District-led consortiums comprising Eligible Districts as consortium members; or
    • Eligible Charter School-led consortiums comprising Eligible Charter Schools as consortiums members (note: a charter management organization cannot be a lead applicant or a consortium member)

AND (all applications must include)

  • an engineering, mathematics, or science department of an institution of higher education that has a registered curriculum in engineering, science or mathematics (Section 101(a) of the Higher Education Act of 1965).

Additional requirements:

  • Eligible applicants can apply individually or as part of a consortium, but not both.
  • The consortium lead LEA must be an active participant in the consortium, providing a minimum of 20% of the grant activities.
  • No eligible applicants may individually apply for, lead or be a member of an applicant consortium, for more than one MSP Math grant application and one MSP Science grant application.
  • Please see NYSED’s Consortium Policy for State and Federal Discretionary Grant Programs  (within the Program Description section of this RFP)

Funding and Important Dates

Source: USDE Title II Part B
Estimated Funds Available: $24 million
Anticipated Project period: 7/1/14 through 6/30/16.
It is expected that $12 million will be available in both Year 1 (July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015) and Year 2 (July 1, 2015- June 30, 2016) subject to continued funding by the US Department of Education.

Distribution of Funding

Funds available will be divided into two Targeted Priority Areas:

      1.  Mathematics
      2.  Science

Funds available will be divided into two District Categories: 

  1. Big 5 (NYCDOE, Buffalo CSD, Syracuse CSD, Rochester CSD, and Yonkers CSD)
  2. Rest of State

Note:  Charter School applications will be included in the District Category of their school location. Consortia cannot form across the two District Categories or Targeted Priority Areas.

Questions and Answers

Questions and Answers Summary PDF icon (371 KB) – Posted 2/14/14

Questions about this RFP must be sent to emscmsp@mail.nysed.gov no later than February 7, 2014.  All questions and answers will be posted by February 14, 2014, to the following website: http://www.p12.nysed.gov/funding/currentapps.html

Due Date and Submission

Applications must be Postmarked  by:
March 7, 2014

Anticipated Preliminary Award Notification:
May 2014

Anticipated Project Period:
July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2016

Submit one (1) original and three (3) copies of the application postmarked by March 7, 2014 to:

New York State Education Department
Attn:  2014-16 Math & Science Partnerships Grant
Grants Management , EBA 464
89 Washington Avenue
Albany, NY 12234

NYSED Contacts

Program Matters: Ann Crotty, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov
Fiscal Matters: Nell Brady, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov
M/WBE Matters: Joan Ramsey, emscMSP@mail.nysed.gov

Grant Application Documents

Application in PDF PDF icon (1.54 MB) | Application in Word Word document icon (205 KB)
Eligibility List PDF icon (145 KB)
Questions and Answers Summary PDF icon (371 KB) – Posted 2/14/14

Last Updated: February 14, 2014