The Department of Defense, DARPA Environmental Microbes as a BioEngineering Resource aims to leverage the diversity, specificity, and customizability of environmental microbiology to enable new biomining methods for the separation, purification, and conversion of Rare Earth Elements, or REEs, into manufacturing-ready forms to help overcome REEs domestic supply challenges. 

The National Science Foundation’s Advancing Informal STEM Learning program seeks to advance new approaches to and evidence-based understanding of the design and development of STEM learning opportunities for the public in informal environments; provide multiple pathways for broadening access to and engagement in STEM learning experiences; advance innovative research on and assessment of STEM learning in informal environments; and engage the public of all ages in learning STEM in informal environments.