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An update on the Idea Grants program

Since its inception in 2010, more than $265,000 has been awarded in NASW's Idea Grants program. The Idea Grants program has been refunded for the coming year, and a new request for proposals will be published this summer. In the meantime, here are the winners of the inaugural ScienceSeeker Awards, funded by an Idea Grant. You can also read this list all of the Idea Grants awarded to date.

Van Dam travel fellowship update

The National Association of Science Writers invites applications for the Laura Van Dam Travel Fellowships to this summer's meeting of the World Conference of Science Journalists in Helsinki, Finland, June 24-28, 2013. Update: We will be notifying applicants by March 12.

McGurgan Service Award winners

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Last month in Raleigh, N.C., during the NASW business meeting, three dedicated volunteers were awarded the 2012 Diane McGurgan Service Award. Congratulations to Rick Bogren, Robert Irion, and Mari Jensen. Read on to learn more about their contributions and the award.

Student Travel Fellowships to AAAS

The National Association of Science Writers once again will sponsor travel fellowships to the upcoming AAAS meeting for undergraduate students interested in science journalism. As many as 10 students will receive $500 to $1,000 in travel expenses to attend AAAS in Boston, Feb. 14-18, 2013. NASW's education committee will select students to receive the fellowship and will pair each one with a veteran writer for mentoring at the conference.

Idea Grants: Applications due Nov. 1

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Do you have a great idea for a science writing resource? NASW 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.

Where to find journalism funding

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The National Association of Science Writers is pleased to announce a new resource for science journalists — the Funding Sources database. Available to all NASW members, the database was developed by member Madeline Bodin. It includes grants, fellowships, and other types of funding for which science writers may qualify. For information about joining NASW and taking advantage of the Funding Sources database, please see our membership benefits page.

Idea Grant update and important changes

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The Idea Grants program has awarded over $200,000 in less than two years. Read on to see what your creative colleagues are doing with their Idea Grants and learn about important changes to the application process.

An Idea Grant at Work: Introducing The New Science Writers’ Handbook

NASW is pleased to bring you an update from one of our Idea Grant recipients. In 2011, the SciLance Writing Group, LLC received a $43,000 grant to develop a handbook for freelance writers. In a very short time, this committed group of writers recruited contributors, developed a draft, and secured a publishing contract. We are deeply proud of this group and happy that we could fund their enthusiasm, creativity, and initiative to produce a resource that benefits the science writing community.

Guest Editor proposals due July 15

The National Association of Science Writers is currently accepting grant proposals for a new, rotating, Guest Editor to develop features for our ScienceWriters web site (www.NASW.org). Read on for details.

Congratulations to our latest Career Grant recipients

This spring, NASW awarded over $15,000 to 13 enterprising science writers in the fourth round of our Career Grants program. Read on to learn about their projects and this mid-career fellowship program.