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[ Instructions ]
2013 ASPB Education Foundation Grant
Promoting plant biology education and outreach
APPLICATIONS OPEN Friday, March 01, 2013 DEADLINE: Thursday, June 06, 2013 (11:59 p.m. ET)
New Maximum Funding: $50,000
Previous Average Award Size (2007-2012) ~$20,000 (with a limit of $30,000)
seeks proposals from ASPB members to support education and outreach activities that advance knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. The Foundation was established in 1995 with the main goal of enhancing public awareness and understanding of the role of plants in all areas of life. To this end, the Foundation supports ASPB Education Foundation education and outreach projects (i.e., NOT science research projects) that enrich and promote youth, student, and general public understanding of the:
Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.
The types of projects that fit the Foundation's goals include, but are not limited to the development, implementation, and evaluation of:
Innovative instructional materials or strategies in K-12 or undergraduate settings, science centers and museums, after-school science clubs, etc.;
Professional development about plant biology for educators (e.g., teachers, museum educators, 4-H agents, etc.);
Professional development about education and outreach for plant biologists and plant biologists in training;
Educational exhibits or displays in science museums, science centers, libraries, and other public venues;
Multimedia educational resources such as radio or video pieces, websites, applications for electronic devices ('apps'), and animations; and
Education and outreach collaborations between plant biologists and educators.
Funding & Budget:
A maximum award size of $50,000 can be requested for this funding cycle. Proposals that leverage funds from the ASPB Education Foundation with support from other sources are encouraged, particularly for proposals that request a full $50,000 budget. Funds should be spent by September 1, 2014. In special cases a no-cost extension may be approved (the request must be submitted by August 1, 2014). Proposals are encouraged from ASPB members from both within and outside the United States, and projects may serve communities from any country.
Sources that may be helpful in preparing successful proposals include:
Project Summaries from previously funded projects are available at the Education Foundation section of the ASPB website. Project managers from winning Education Foundation Grants can advise future applicants who seek their consultation on developing winning proposals.
Download detailed RFP Instructions on what to include in your proposal file:
American Society of Plant Biologists
ASPB Education Coordinator
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855