Organization / Program Eligibility
Applicants can represent either a whole organization or one program within a larger organization.
Any represented organizations must be a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or registered with either the Canada Revenue agency or a Canadian provincial revenue agency as a non-profit organization.
Must be based in the US or Canada. Programs based in territories of the US or Canada are eligible to apply.
Must serve children in grades K-12, or a subset of that age range, in the US or Canada. Programs may also serve educators working with children in grades K-12, or a subset of that age range, but evidence provided in the application must show the impact on the K-12 students, not just the educators in the program.
1) Must advance innovative E-STEM Learning.
2) Must adhere to one of the following methodologies:
• Focused on Environmental Education (EE) - Uses EE to Address STEM Learning
• Focused on STEM Learning - Uses STEM to Address Environmental Challenges
Applicants can choose to participate as an organization or as a program. Operating budgets for applying organizations or programs are capped at $3 million USD.
Applying as an organization, the not-for-profit must have an operational budget of no greater than $3 million USD. However, a not-for-profit with a larger operating budget can still participate if applying as a program. In this instance, the participating program must have an operating budget of no greater than $3 million USD, although the operating organization might have a greater budget overall.
K-12 schools and other institutions that provide formal education are not eligible to apply. However, not-for-profits/not-for-profit programs serving schools remain eligible.
B-Corporations (Public Benefit Corporations) are not eligible to apply.
University programs are eligible to apply, as long as they meet all of the above criteria, including being operated under a US 501(c)(3) not-for-profit or an entity registered with the Canada Revenue agency as a non-profit organization.
All previous applicants who did not receive an award are eligible to apply to the 2017 UL Innovative Education Award, including finalists from previous years. Organizations associated with previous winners may also apply, but only with new programs that have not previously won an award.