The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s Public Outreach Committee is now accepting applications for our Outreach Seed Grant Program. The grants are intended to help fund novel, innovative science outreach programs that require modest financial support in order to get up and running. Any ASBMB member is eligible to apply, and senior ASBMB members can sponsor junior scientists. Eligible programs will incorporate activities and topics that fit within the confines of the mission of ASBMB (“Promoting the understanding of the molecular nature of life processes”).
The goals of the grant program are to:
- Provide outlets for bringing science to the general public
- Encourage and enhance ASBMB member participation in outreach
- Help initiate outreach programming in local communities
- Facilitate sustained partnerships between ASBMB and local outreach organizations
- Establish a dedicated national network of outreach organizers and participants
Interested applicants can find instructions on how to apply here. Programs are eligible for three years of up to $2000 in annual funding, pending yearly review of the program. Approximately 10 proposals will be accepted overall. Successful proposals will:
- Involve at least 1 ASBMB member
- Identify a legitimate need and intended target audience within the local community for the proposed activity
- Establish a sustainable, working relationship with a local partner organization
- Present a three year activity plan, describing how funds will be used to help develop a long-term, sustainable outreach program
- Describe evaluative metrics in detail that will be used to assess the impact of the program
- Provide an itemized budget for the requested funds
The Public Outreach Committee will incorporate these criteria into the application review process.
Successful applicants will be required to submit a yearly progress report in order to continue funding.
EXAMPLES OF ELIGIBLE PROGRAMS
The Outreach Seed Grant Program aims to support any activity that translates scientific research or broader scientific concepts to those outside of the academy. Potential target audiences include: K-12 students, adults, policymakers, senior citizens, media.
The programs listed below are examples of the types of programs and activities that the program is intended to fund. THIS LIST IS NOT EXCLUSIVE
- Science cafes
- Public lectures
- Science fairs
- Citizen science activities
NOTE- Due to the existence of the ASBMB HOPES grant program (run by the ASBMB Education and Professional Development Committee), WE WILL NOT ACCEPT APPLICATIONS THAT PROPOSE PARTNERSHIPS WITH K-12 TEACHERS (other types of K-12-themed programs are eligible).
Proposals are due by 11:59 PM EDT on SEPTEMBER 1, 2013
Successful applicants will be notified the week of OCTOBER 7, 2013
Target start date for funded programs is JANUARY 2014
Please contact Geoff Hunt (firstname.lastname@example.org or 240-283-6626) with any questions.
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