Non-Monetary Benefits for Makerspaces by kari Kari Love

Spaces often don’t take advantage of large non-monetary benefits from unfunded government initiatives.

Tags: capacity-building, public-impact

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Diagnostic Statement

Problem Statement
succinct, one-sentence description
Spaces often don’t take advantage of large non-monetary benefits from unfunded government initiatives.
broad category of impact
capacity-building, public-impact
Impacted Groups or Individuals
list of those impacted by problem (organize with largest impact top)
  • Group object (2)
  • Group object (3)
  • Group object (4)
Benefit of Solving the Problem
description of positive potential
  • Overall increase of resources going into makerspaces by shifting existing opportunities currently going to non-makers
  • Increased capacity for makerspace-driven economic gains, innovation, and citizen science
  • Government programs benefit from the inclusion of high-value civic participation of makers, including outside-the-box thinking
  • dditional support for makerspace development and sustainability using already available programs
Known Barriers
those things which would prevent success of a future solution
  • Upfront costs on applications for some opportunities (time, energy, money for professional grant-writing), with uncertain outcomes
  • Difficult to select focus due to wide variety of needs and preferences
  • Difficult for groups/individuals to assess value of in-kind services or opportunities
  • Information regarding non-monetary government services and opportunities frequently utilizes challenging bureaucratic language and misses key information
  • Lack of centralized system for finding opportunities makes high barrier for researching government initiatives
  • Limited awareness of availability of free conferences, in-kind services or testing, used equipment, support programs, etc.
Potential Collaborators
list of those interested in helping to solve this problem
  • Nan Braun
  • Ross Carroll
  • Sean Auriti
  • Jim Berry
  • Steve Traugott
Statement POC
name and contact info
Kari Love
  Name Solicitation # Amount Max Deadline Score
Innovative Technology Experiences for Students and Teachers (ITEST) 15-599 $1,200,000 Aug. 9, 2017, 8:17 p.m. 75
NSF Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Program (S-STEM) 16-540 $95,000,000 April 20, 2017, 8:14 p.m. 75
Economic Development Assistance Programs ­ Application submission and program requirements for EDA’s Public Works and Economic Adjustment Assistance programs. EDAP2016 $3,000,000 March 2, 2027, 8:50 p.m. 73
Discovery Research PreK-12 (DRK-12) 15-592 $5,000,000 Dec. 5, 2016, 7:43 p.m. 73
EHR Core Research (ECR) 15-509 $500,000 Sept. 14, 2017, noon 72
STEM + Computing Partnerships (STEM+C) 16-527 $47,000,000 March 14, 2017, 8:11 p.m. 72
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Education and Human Resources (IUSE: EHR) 15-585 $300,000 Jan. 17, 2017, 8:01 p.m. 72
EDA Planning Program and Local Technical Assistance Program EDA-HDQ-TA-HDQ-2016-2004759 $300,000 Nov. 2, 2039, 8:54 p.m. 70
Research in the Formation of Engineers (RFE) PD 15-1340 $150,000 Jan. 25, 2017, 7:33 p.m. 49
Dear Colleague Letter: Enabling the Future of Making to Catalyze New Approaches in STEM Learning and Innovation 15-086 $300,000 Dec. 15, 2016, noon 45
Broadening Participation in Engineering (BPE) PD 16-7680 $300,000 Feb. 6, 2017, 8:09 p.m. 29
Science of Learning (SL) PD 16-004Y $300,000 Jan. 18, 2017, 8:23 p.m. 18

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