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H.R. 6369 (110th): To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Defense to make grants to recognized science and technology secondary schools to support research and development projects at such schools in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology to supplement the national security functions of the Department of Defense.

The text of the bill below is as of Jun 25, 2008 (Introduced).


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110th CONGRESS

2d Session

H. R. 6369

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

June 25, 2008

introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Armed Services

A BILL

To amend title 10, United States Code, to authorize the Secretary of Defense to make grants to recognized science and technology secondary schools to support research and development projects at such schools in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology to supplement the national security functions of the Department of Defense.

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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Development Program for recognized science and technology secondary schools

(a)

Establishment of grant program

Chapter 111 of title 10, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 2192a the following new section:

2192b.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Development Program

(a)

Requirement for Program

The Secretary of Defense shall carry out a program to provide grants to secondary schools described in subsection (b) to support research and development projects at such schools in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology to supplement the national security functions of the Department of Defense, as determined by the Secretary. A grant may be made directly to an eligible secondary school or indirectly through a local educational agency.

(b)

Eligible schools

To be eligible for a grant under the program, a secondary school must be recognized as a Science and Technology High School or as a secondary school with a science and technology program. The requirements for such recognition shall be determined by the Secretary of Defense, taking into consideration the following specific criteria:

(1)

The secondary school must meet a minimum number of required academic years of science curriculum.

(2)

The secondary school must meet a minimum number of academic years of technology or engineering curriculum.

(3)

The secondary school must meet a minimum number of academic years of mathematics curriculum.

(c)

Research and Development Topics

The Secretary of Defense, in consultation for the Secretaries of the military departments, shall determine potential research and development topics for which grants may be made under the program. The Secretary of Defense shall prepare, from such proposed topics, a priority list of projects, which shall be published and made available to eligible secondary schools.

(d)

Selection of grant recipients

The Secretary of Defense shall solicit grant proposals from eligible secondary schools. The Secretary shall evaluate submitted proposals and make grants on a competitive basis.

(e)

Monitoring and results

The Secretary of Defense shall monitor the progress made by grant recipients on projects supported using the grant funds and require regular updates and progress reports as considered necessary by the Secretary. A grant recipient shall document and submit to the Secretary a final report on the results of the project.

(f)

Report on program

Not later than February 1, 2010, the Secretary of Defense shall submit to the congressional defense committees and the Committee on Governmental Affairs of the Senate, and the Committee on Government Reform of the House of Representatives a report containing a plan for expanding and improving the program.

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(b)

Clerical amendment

The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 2192a the following new item:

2192b. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Research and Development Program.

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