Applications for our July 2020 - June 2021 season are closed.
Please read the following application FAQs and guidelines carefully prior to submission to ensure your project’s eligibility for STEAMplant funding.
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.
In addition to funding support, all STEAMplant projects receive:
- 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
All STEAMplant projects are at minimum composed of:
- A faculty or staff member from the Math & Science Department at Pratt
- A faculty or staff member from any other Department at Pratt
- A Pratt upperclass or graduate student, or a professional outside of the Pratt community seeking residency at Pratt
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 Pratt collaborators for the project.
For teams including a student fellow, you are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding. For teams including a guest resident, you are eligible for up to $7,500 in funding.
Please see more information on student fellow and resident team applications below.
Who can apply?
All STEAMplant projects are composed of (at minimum) one Pratt Math & Science department member, one other-department member, and one guest resident (non-Pratt outside professional) or student fellow (an upper class undergraduate or graduate Pratt student). You may apply as a fully formed team, or as an individual (STEAMplant management will help you form a team for your application). See below for more information for Pratt, resident, and student fellow applicants.
How much funding can we apply for?
STEAMplant funds projects between $1,500 and $7,500, depending on the project’s scope, team composition (up to $5,000 for student fellow projects, up to $7,500 for resident projects), 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, 2020 – June 1st, 2021. Exact project length and start date, with a maximum of 11 months, varies according to each project.
I’m a prospective resident 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 staff will reach out to Pratt faculty/staff on your behalf to find potential faculty collaborators for your project within the Math & Science, and other departments. 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. Note: Resident applicants may submit only one application.
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 to Pratt faculty/staff 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 either a student fellow or resident. If submitting a partial application, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to other potential Pratt 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 or resident, each project includes one Pratt Math & Science faculty/staff, and one other-department faculty/staff. All Pratt faculty/staff are eligible to apply. If you have formed a partial team with a student or resident, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to Pratt faculty/staff on your behalf.
Resident and Student Fellow Applicants: Sirovich Family Student Fellows are graduate students or upper class undergraduate students at Pratt doing STEAM work. Sirovich Family Residents are professionals from outside the Pratt community seeking to work on a STEAM project in residency at Pratt. Both Fellows and Residents collaborate with at least one Mathematics and Science Department faculty/staff member and at least one faculty/staff member from one of the other departments at Pratt. If you do not have a full team yet, STEAMplant staff will work with you to reach out to Pratt faculty/staff 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. All Pratt faculty/staff are eligible to participate in STEAMplant. Resident applicants may submit only one application.)
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:
- 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?
- 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?
- Will the project effectively engage its target audience with accessible math/science content?
- Is the content mathematically and/or scientifically sound?
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) Pratt 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.