The National Science Foundation (NSF) has released its Advanced Technological Education grant opportunity, which aims to increase the number of qualified science and engineering technicians to meet workforce demands and improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) preparation of both technicians and the educators who prepare them. The program supports proposals in three major tracks: Projects, Centers, and Targeted Research in Technician Education. To accomplish its goals, the ATE program strongly encourages partnerships between two-year academic institutions, four-year colleges and universities, secondary schools, business, industry and government. Two-year academic institutions should be the lead applicant. NSF anticipates making between 20 and 35 new awards, ranging from $25,000 to $300,000 per year for up to three years. Proposals are due October 9, 2014.