The Paleontological Society

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PS Outreach and Education Grants for 2014

The Paleontological Society works to increase the public’s awareness and understanding of paleontology by enhancing formal and informal educational opportunities. The Paleontological Society Outreach and Education Grant provides support to our members for programs and activities involving educational outreach and community engagement.

Deadline for submission is Friday March 28, 2014.

Potential fundable projects include, but are not limited to, field trips to fossil sites and/or museums for teachers and pre-college students, educator training and curriculum development, participation in local community initiatives, development of educational materials for classroom use, and website or other online material development.

The subject matter covered by outreach proposals may fall within any subdiscipline of paleontology/paleobiology.  Particularly encouraged are projects that (1) include opportunities for undergraduate students to become involved in paleontological outreach to younger students or the public, (2) create new educational “apps” or other technologies, and/or (3) produce educational materials that could be distributed more widely through the PS website.

Prior recipients of a PS Outreach and Education Grant must wait one year before being eligible to submit another application (e.g., a 2013 grant recipient must wait until 2015 to submit another proposal).  Prior recipients must also submit their required final report on the funded project before being eligible to apply for a second award.

Amount of Grant
The Paleontological Society will issue up to six grants of $2,500 each.

Applicants must be members of the Paleontological Society at the time of application.  Graduate student applicants should provide documentation of a professional member’s willingness to serve as advisor for the project.

Applications for a PS Outreach and Education Grant must include:

  1. A project proposal, three to five pages in length, single-sided, which must include
    • a project title
    • names and contact addresses of participating personnel
    • the proposer’s Paleontological Society Member Number
    • a brief synopsis of the project
    • target audience (e.g., grade level, in-service teachers, the public)
    • project description
    • goals of the project
    • expected outcomes (including how they will be assessed)
    • timeline
    • a discussion of the significance to the science education community.
  2. A detailed, itemized budget with justification of the uses of the PS Education & Outreach funds.  We cannot pay overhead or indirect costs.  Matching funds from other sources are strongly encouraged.
  3. A one page CV for each of the project personnel.

Email all application materials to Peg Yacobucci, Chair, PS Education & Outreach Committee: Electronic files should be in .pdf, .doc, or .docx format.

Review Process
Grantees will be selected by a subcommittee of the Paleontological Society’s Education & Outreach Committee.  Evaluation criteria include the goals, significance, feasibility, creativity, and likely impact of the project, and the soundness of the budget.  Recipients will be notified by May 15, 2014.

Grant Award Procedures
Grant awards can be made directly to individuals or to institutions. Please be advised that if a grantee opts to receive the funds directly, the Paleontological Society is required to issue an IRS 1099 form at the end of the calendar year.  The grant funds may or may not be taxable; grantees must make that determination themselves.  The Society cannot offer tax advice.
Grantees are required to submit a follow-up project report by March 2015 detailing the project’s outcomes.  Details on the reporting requirements will be sent to all grantees.