Google’s RISE Awards, a grant program that hands out financial rewards to promote science, engineering, computer science, and mathematics programs in K-12 schools and universities, today started accepting applications for the 2012 awards.

The awards, which will be handed out in January 2012 to students from the U.S., Canada, Europe, Africa, and the Middle East, have been significantly increased this year. Awards in the US and Canada have increased will range from $10,000 – $25,000 USD (€500 – €10,000 EUR elsewhere), while two new additions to the Awards, including Canada and Africa, mark the continued success and expansion of the program.

If you’re intersted in learning more, you can visit the recently revamped www.google.com/edu/rise website or submit your application now. Awards will be handed out in January and the submission deadline for applications is November 30th.

One recipient of the RISE Award, Team Captain of engineering group NOHOROBO, explains the group’s experience with the program:

RISE is a word that we like to toss around a lot here, and it’s not just because we were the recipients of their generous grant. We’re a team of high school students trying to build a robot [and RISE allowed] us to buy the raw material needed for our aspiring engineers to step up and be brilliant, to rise above the commonplace to create something truly inspiring.

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