The Forum on Education of the American Physical Society (APS) is committed to supporting APS members who continue to advance and enrich physics education. We are striving to continue this support within the context of a global pandemic that presents numerous personal, professional, and educational challenges. To this end, we invite applications for 2021 APS Forum on Education Minigrants.
There are two strands – personal and project – which are outlined below. Each applicant is allowed 1 proposal per strand.
Personal mini-grants are designed to support individual members who are facing unanticipated financial/professional challenges due to the COVID pandemic. Personal mini-grants have a maximum of $2,000 per award. Partial funding may be more likely than full. Total funding available: ~$12,000.
Selection criteria for the personal mini-grants include the following:
To apply for a personal FEd mini-grant, please submit a description for each of the following items:
1) What will this mini-grant enable you to do or accomplish? (Financial need criterion)
2) What else would you like the selection committee to know about your circumstances? (Additional considerations criterion)
The entire description should not exceed 1,000 words. These descriptions must be uploaded in PDF format. Please submit one file per applicant.
There are no reporting requirements for this strand of mini-grants.
Applications currently closed
Project mini-grants are designed for individuals or groups who are working on projects and/or developing resources that may be deployed to support physics education more broadly in these challenging times. Applications that support students and materials directly associated with their work will be prioritized. Project mini-grants have a maximum of $3,500 per award. Partial funding may be more likely than full. Total funding available: ~$18,000.
Selection criteria for the project mini-grants include the following:
Project mini-grants will be funded by disbursing funds to the individual creating the application, not to institutions. Please make sure you consider this in your budgetary decisions.
To apply for a FEd project mini-grant, you will be required to submit a description for each of the following items:
1) Budget and corresponding justification of the budget. (Budget examples).
2) What will this mini-grant enable you to do, and on what timescale? (Timeliness criterion).
3) What is the larger impact of your work or project? (Broader impact criterion).
4) What else would you like the selection committee to know about your project? (Additional consideration criterion)
The entire description, including the budget, should not exceed 2 word-processed pages. These descriptions must be uploaded in PDF format. Please submit only one file per proposal.
The name, title, and affiliation of project awardees will be published on the FEd website. There are no other reporting requirements. However, we will appreciate updates about the broader impacts of your work.
Applications currently closed
The first due date for all applications is Feb. 28, 2021, at 11:59 PM PST. The second due date for all applications is May 2, 2021, at 11:59 PM PDT. We will continue to disburse mini-grants until the allocated funding runs out.
We are committed to supporting as many of our FEd members as possible. Due to the anticipated response, it is likely that many applications will be partially funded.
We will update applicants as events warrant.
If your application is awarded, you will receive an email from the Secretary-Treasurer of your award with instructions on how to fill out a payment request form and a citizenship-appropriate tax form.
Awarded grants will be approved by the Secretary/Treasurer of FEd before proceeding with the payments. The Secretary-Treasurer will send awardees a W-9 or W-8BEN to submit to APS Accounts Payable. The W-9 is for U.S. citizens and provides information to the IRS about this award. The W-8BEN is for non-U.S. citizens and is a certification to APS that a foreign person is not subject to U.S. taxation.
Travel and other grants are taxable to the recipient and they will receive a 1099 if the total receipts within a calendar year are greater than $600.
The awardee submits these forms to APS Accounts Payable and they receive a check or direct deposit, according to their preference.
Please contact Laura Ríos if you have any questions (include in the subject line: FEd mini-grant).
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