Idea Grant applications due Nov. 15

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Do you have a great idea for a science writing resource? Are you a member of a local science-writing group with big plans for an important project workshop that has insufficient funding?

The National Association of Science Writers invites proposals from individuals or groups to apply for grants ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 for projects and programs that are designed to help science writers in their professional lives and/or to benefit the field of science writing. Proposals can serve non-members as well as members. We encourage creative thinking, thus the guidelines for these proposals are consciously broad.

Proposals, which are due November 15, 2013, should include:

  • Name of applicant(s)
  • Title of the project
  • Amount requested
  • Description of proposed project, impacts on the science writing community, why you or your team are uniquely qualified to undertake this
  • How the proposed project will serve NASW members and non-member science writers
  • Proposed budget and delivery timeline (various options for funding levels are helpful)
  • If applicable: list of team members and their roles

The project must be in keeping with the mission of NASW. The project, if applicable, should be accessible to all science writers, and open to members and non-members. The project should not be for individual works, e.g. underwriting a single investigative piece or book, but it could, for instance, underwrite a study of the state of science writing in the U.S. or beyond.

We especially support the efforts of regional science writing groups to make their professional development activities available to all NASW members and beyond via webcasts, transcription, live blogging and other online or digital resources.

Proposals of no more than 1,500 words, along with a resume for each team member, should be sent as a SINGLE pdf to programs@nasw.org by November 15. Please put the name of the applicant(s), title of the project and amount requested at the top of the proposal. The email subject line should be formatted as follows with date of submission, for example, "Member Project RFP, October 1, 2013."

For examples of successful proposals, visit nasw.org/how-win-idea-grant. You can also peruse the entire list of funded proposals.

The NASW Program Committee will review applications, which are due Friday, November 15, 2013. Applications for more than $5,000 will also be reviewed by the NASW Executive Board. Applicants in this round will be notified by January 31, 2014, and can expect disbursements to begin soon thereafter, pending grantees’ acceptance of the grant contract. Applicants should take this timeline into account when planning events. In general, Idea Grants may not be used to fund costs already incurred.

A portion (typically 75%) of the monies will be distributed at the time of the award, and the remainder remitted at the conclusion of the project with receipt of appropriate financial records and report(s).

Special thanks to the Program Committee volunteers for shaping this program and keeping it running:

Chair: Robin Lloyd
Members: Melissa Blouin, Peggy Girshman, Rob Irion, Rosie Mestel, Jeffrey Perkel