Broadcom Foundation: Grants for STEM Higher Education


OVERVIEW: A division of semiconductor and electronics company Broadcom, the majority of this foundation’s grantmaking funds STEM education initiatives. Funding is mostly split between support for universities and science competitions.

IP TAKE: Broadcom prioritizes science competitions, particularly in regions where the corporation operates. However, it also gives unrestricted funds to universities, which are identified by a committee. University funding is invite-only, but the STEM / Community program is more open.

PROFILE: Broadcom Foundation is the corporate foundation of Broadcom, a Fortune 500 leader in semiconductor and electronics. The foundation seeks to empower “young people to be STEM literate, critical thinkers and college and career-ready by creating multiple pathways and equitable access to achieve the 21st century skills they need to succeed as engineers, scientists and innovators of the future.” Broadcom prioritizes three funding areas: its Masters program, university workshops, and two STEM education programs: Design_Code_Build and STEM Ecosystem. Of these, only the university workshops fund STEM higher education.

For University funding, Broadcom “supports academic workshops around the world that foster innovation and insight and inspire leadership and collegiality among university students who are performing research in related fields of engineering, science and communications.” California universities are major beneficiaries of Broadcom funding, but the foundation supports prominent university engineering programs across the country and around the world.

Broadcom’s funding is invitation only, and it does not accept unsolicited proposals or letters of interest.