[Curriculum Directors] Update on MSP Funding for Utah

Cook, Tricia M. Tricia.Cook at schools.utah.gov
Wed Mar 20 09:23:09 MDT 2013


Dear math and science community,

I am contacting you to give you an update on the potential changes we may experience in Math Science Partnership (MSP) funds for this upcoming federal allocation.  Due to sequestration and changes in budget it is very possible that our MSP funds will be reduced for this upcoming year.  Not only would that impact our ability to fund new projects, but would also potentially impact our ability to fund current projects which would be in year two or year three of implementation.

We are working closely with our accounting department of the US Department of Education to keep current with any updates or changes to the program, and will share those with the community.

Because all of this hinges on funding at the federal level, we will not have any final outcomes until they come from the US Department of Education.  In the meantime, I would make the following suggestions to MSP community members:

1.       If you currently have an MSP project, it would be worthwhile to look at your budget and see how you would be able to address a reduction in funding if that were to occur.

2.       If you are writing an MSP grant application, please keep in mind that we are projecting a reduction in available funds from what was stated in the RFP.  I would encourage you to keep the project costs as low as possible.  We will still be accepting new applications for MSP by the due date of Monday, April 1, 2013 by 5 PM.

If you have any additional questions, please let me know.

Sincerely,

Sarah Young
Utah State Office of Education
Science Specialist
sarah.young at schools.utah.gov<mailto:sarah.young at schools.utah.gov>
250 East 500 South
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, UT  84114-4200

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