How to Apply

The deadline for applications for the ASBMB Hands-on Opportunities to Promote Engagement in Science (HOPES) seed grant program was June 26, 2015. Award announcements will be made in late July.


ASBMB will award seed grants of up to $2,000 annually to partnerships consisting of one or more Junior High/High School teacher(s) (or other K-12 educator) and one or more university, college, or institutional research scientist(s). Both partners must be identified in, and contribute to, the application. Programs and activities that focus on outreach to underserved populations are encouraged.

Only applications for new projects are currently being accepted. Previous HOPES recipients are NOT eligible to apply for additional funding at this time.

Starting in 2015, successful recipients of HOPES funding will be eligible for a second year of funding, contingent on review and approval of activities undertaken in the first year. This approach will help provide sustainability for funded programs and ensure their continuing success.

We wish to afford applicants the flexibility to be creative in meeting the particular needs of their students. Hence, we wish to place minimal restrictions on how budget funds should be spent. Seed funds can be used for a variety of purposes, including the purchase of laboratory equipment, materials, and supplies; relevant transportation costs; fees associated with pertinent professional development training; or release time to allow one or more partners to participate in planning and training. While seed funds can be used for teacher training, a plan consisting of training or preparation alone will not be supported. Please note that no overhead will be provided.

For examples of previously funded HOPES applications, see the following:

Nurturing Interest in Biomedical Science Education among Elementary Students - 2012
Lead Researchers: Dr. Carmel McNicholas-Bevensee, Dr. Michael Wyss, University of Alabama at Birmingham 
Lead Teacher: Dr. Wayne Richardson, Deer Valley Elementary School
Students Reached: 1,600 kindergarten through fifth grade students
See their application
See their program summary

Promoting In-Depth Human Health Exploration Through Guided Individual Projects Utilizing Genomic Sequencing Technologies - 2013
Lead Researchers: Dr. Nicholas Schork, J. Craig Venter Institute; Mr. Danjuma Quarless, the University of California, San Diego
Lead Teacher: Mr. Matthew Leader, High Tech High North County
Students Reached: 72 eleventh grade students, 150 ninth grade students
See their application
See their program summary