Application

Please read the following application FAQs and guidelines carefully prior to submission to ensure your project’s eligibility for STEAMplant funding.

You may submit your application through the Google Form link at the bottom of this page. Please direct any questions you have about your application to STEAMplant’s Coordinator, Julia Hoel, at jhoel@pratt.edu.
Overview

STEAMplant, a Pratt Institute Initiative, supports the creation of specific projects by Pratt faculty/staff in collaboration with a student fellow or guest resident(s). Projects which STEAMplant supports are interdisciplinary, engage a target audience in a STEM field, and have the potential to make an impact beyond Pratt’s campus. Learn more about STEAMplant’s history and mission here, and the types of projects we’ve funded in the past here. Our Spring 2021 open call is for Student Fellowship projects only.

All STEAMplant Student Fellowship projects receive:

  • Up to $5,000 in funding
  • Access to Pratt’s array of facilities and resources as a leading art institution in New York City
  • Social media coverage of projects
  • A project page on STEAMplant’s website
  • On-campus event support for project activities
  • Opportunities to participate in Pratt Institute events
STEAMplant specifics

All Student Fellowship STEAMplant projects are at minimum composed of:

  • A faculty or staff member from the Math & Science Department at Pratt OR a non-Pratt STEM professional
  • A faculty or staff member at Pratt that is not a member of the Math & Science Department
  • A Pratt upperclass or graduate student

STEAMplant project applications can be submitted by a partial or full team. All partial team applicants, following application submission, will be be contacted by STEAMplant management in order to find potential collaborators for the project.

Student Fellowship projects are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding.

Please see more information on student fellow and resident team applications below.

Application FAQs

Who can apply?

All Student Fellowship STEAMplant projects are composed of (at minimum) one Pratt Math & Science department member OR a non-Pratt STEM professional, one faculty or staff member at Pratt that is not a member of the Math & Science department, and one student fellow (an upper class undergraduate or graduate Pratt student). 

You may apply as a fully formed team (with three team members as described, at minimum), or as an individual Student Fellow (and STEAMplant management will help you form a team for your application). Student fellows must be listed on any full or partial team application submitted.

How much funding can we apply for?

STEAMplant funds Student Fellowship projects between $1,500 and $5,000, depending on the project’s scope, team composition, size, and budget. You will submit a budget with your application. If awarded, the amount will depend on the scope and strength of your project and application.

When does the project season start, and end?

STEAMplant projects for this open call will take place from July 1st, 2021 – June 1st, 2022. Exact project length and start date, with a maximum of 11 months, varies according to each project.

I’m a prospective Student Fellow (currently a Pratt student) without a team – how do I apply?

You may submit an application, including suggestions about specific faculty/staff you’d like to work with, or general areas of expertise your project would require. Based on your application, STEAMplant management will reach out on your behalf to find potential collaborators for your project. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to secure a full team for you based on your application, we will do our absolute best.

I’m a faculty/staff member at Pratt – how do I apply?

You may submit a partial or full application, but your application must include a confirmed student fellow. If submitting a partial application, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to other potential collaborators. While we cannot guarantee that we will be able to secure a full team for you based on your application, we will do our absolute best.

I have a full team – how do I apply?

You may submit an application in full.

Information for Applicants

Pratt Faculty/Staff Applicants: In addition to a student fellow, each project includes one Pratt Math & Science faculty/staff OR non-Pratt STEM professional, and faculty or staff member at Pratt that is not a member of the Math & Science department. All Pratt faculty/staff are eligible to apply. If you have formed a partial team with a student, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to potential collaborators on your behalf.

Student Fellow Applicants: Sirovich Family Student Fellows are graduate students or upper class undergraduate students at Pratt doing STEAM work. Student Fellows collaborate with at least one Mathematics and Science Department faculty/staff member OR a non-Pratt STEM professional, and at least one faculty or staff member at Pratt that is not a member of the Math & Science department. If you do not have a full team yet, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to potential collaborators on your behalf. To see a list of faculty/staff who have previously participated in STEAMplant projects, click here. (Note: Applying teams are not limited to this list. Most Pratt faculty/staff are eligible to participate in STEAMplant.)

 

Project Application Assessment Criteria

In vetting applications, STEAMplant management and our selection committee will consider whether or not the projects can achieve their goals by answering the following questions:

Feasibility

  • Can the project be carried out with the funds, resources, and infrastructure available?
  • Are the timescales realistic?
  • Is the budget clear and plausible?
  • Are the skills, experiences, and competencies of the applicants suitable for the goals of the project?

Audience Engagement

  • Are the project outcomes and methods of engagement appropriate for the target audience?
  • What are the possible effects the projects will have on this audience?
  • Does the project have potential to reach secondary audiences?

STEM Content

  • Will the project effectively engage its target audience with accessible STEM content?
  • Is the content mathematically and/or scientifically sound?

Reporting Requirements

If awarded, project teams will be required to document their work

Answers to other FAQs:
  • An application to STEAMplant does not guarantee funding; all applications, partial or full, will go through a review process by STEAMplant management and selection committee.
  • Partial team applications which fail to secure (by STEAMplant management) collaborators will be informed, and will not move forward in the application review process.
  • Applicants will be contacted after submission if there is missing application information.
  • All applicants will be required to submit a budget. Upon project acceptance, a detailed budget will be requested which must include fringe benefits for stipend/honoraria, and an estimate of applicable sales tax for project materials.
  • STEAMplant projects are open to international professionals. For international or non-NYC applicants:
    • STEAMplant does not provide assistance in acquiring housing, studio space, or employment.