Hello all:
Just found out about this yesterday.. There is time... You need to do a letter of intent by Jan. 12, but full grant proposal not due until Feb. 20.  
This would be a great grant for partnerships.. Higher Ed institutions, Vita-Learn and regions, ESA's as partners, etc.  Might be worth taking a closer look.  
Grant Name:  Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers
Funded by:  National Science Foundation
Description:  The ITEST program responds to current concerns and projections about the growing demand for professionals and information technology workers in the U.S. and seeks solutions to help ensure the breadth and depth of the STEM workforce. ITEST supports research studies to address questions about how to find solutions. It also supports the development, implementation, testing, and scale-up of implementation models.
A large variety of possible approaches to improving the STEM workforce and to building students' capacity to participate in it may be implemented and studied. ITEST projects may include students or teachers, kindergarten through high school age, and any area of the STEM workforce. Projects that explore cyberlearning, specifically learning with cyberinfrastructure tools such as networked computing and communications technologies in K-12 settings, are of special interest.
Program Areas:  Science/Environmental, Technology
Recipients:  Public School, Private/Charter School
Proposal Deadline:  1/12/2009
Proposal Deadline Description:  Letter of intent due January 12, 2009
Deadline:  February 20, 2009
Total Amount:  $35 million
Average Amount:  $1.5 million
Contact Person:  Julia V. Clark
Telephone:  703-292-5119
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Website:  http://www.nsf.gov/funding/pgm_summ.jsp?pims_id=5467&org=NSF&sel_org=NSF&from=fund
Availability:  All States
Peter Drescher
Education Technology Coordinator
Vermont Department of Education
120 State St.
Montpelier, VT  05620-2501
802.828.5149 (ph)
802.828.6563 (fax)
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