Public Outreach and Informing the Public Grants
Past Accepted Grant Proposals
The deadline for proposals has passed.
APS will award several grants to APS members to encourage new outreach activities. Programs to be funded may include not only the more traditional K-12 outreach but also engaging the general public with/in physics and informing them about the importance of physics in their daily lives.
These grants are to foster new activities and not support ongoing programs or duplicate APS efforts. Current and past APS outreach programs can be found on the PhysicsCentral website. Innovative ideas and new approaches, particularly if they have the potential to lead to sustained activities beyond the duration of the grant, are particularly encouraged. Special consideration will be given to those proposals that are exceptionally innovative and/or have high impact, for example, involvement with public media such as radio, TV, print media, etc.
It is expected the grants will be for amounts up to $10,000, however, exceptional proposals for amounts in excess of $10,000 will be considered.
The funds are to be utilized over a period of 18 months starting May 1, 2015; recipients will be notified in February 2015. International proposals will also be considered. As a non-profit, APS is not able to support university overhead or indirect costs. An official APS letter stating this is available for download if your institution requires one.
Grant awardees will be expected to present their work at a special session at the APS March Meeting 2016 in Baltimore, Maryland, March 14 - 18. Talks will be 10 minute contributed talks summing up the progress and outcomes of the funded program.
A webinar describing the program, the Request for Proposal process, and details of grant selection was held on November 13. Attendees had the opportunity to ask questions after the presentation.
Watch the Webinar on YouTube
Download Webinar Slides
To apply for these funds, please submit the following information as one PDF file by December 21, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST:
- Cover sheet clearly stating the name, address, phone number, and email of the main contact person for your application. Please include the name of your program and if affiliated with an institution, the department and institution you represent.
- CV for main contact person.
- Narrative description (no more than three pages) of your program. Please include details of other financial support (if any), and description of personnel working on the program (instructional lab technicians, students, professors, etc).
- Rough budget detailing your plans for utilizing the funds.
- Letter of support from your department chair or similar administrative official (this can be sent separately, as long as it clearly identifies the main contact person and institution).
- Tax ID number or Employee ID number if part of an organization, Social Security Number if an individual
- APS membership status. APS membership is NOT a requirement.
These funds cannot be used for salaries, stipends, etc. of the main participants, but can be used to hire a student, an intern, or professional services if that is essential for the project. Some selected grants will be aided in funding by the National Science Foundation, so additional federal restrictions may apply.
Indirect Cost Letter
Email Rebecca Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org.