The American Physical Society Physics Education Research Topical Group (GPER) is committed to supporting APS members who advance and enrich research in physics education. Historically, the GPER Mini Grants have provided travel support for early career researchers. In 2020 we’ve created a special second strand for personal support regardless of career stage, in response to the multiple crises that present numerous personal, professional, and educational challenges.Apply HereIf you have any questions regarding the travel mini-grants, please contact Rachel Henderson. If you have any questions regarding the personal mini-grants, please contact Leslie Atkins Elliott.
Application Deadline: January 4, 2021
This strand supports the proposer’s conference costs for the 2021 APS April Meeting to present PER work. Partial support is more likely than full support. Although the APS April Meeting will be held virtually, the funding from this strand could be used toward other conference costs such as registration, childcare, etc. Grants are capped at $700 in this strand. Preference is given to early-career members of the AAPT and APS community including senior and recent graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and other early-career members such as pre-tenure track faculty, instructors, lecturers, as well as visiting and adjunct teaching faculty. Researchers presenting a PER talk who have not previously presented in a PER session at an APS meeting will be given priority. Proposals are limited to one page and must state whether the presentation is invited or contributed.
Total funding available: $1,400. Average award: $700.
This strand is designed to support individual members who are facing unanticipated financial challenges (e.g., loss of graduate student support due to budget reductions; lack of affordable childcare due to school closures; bereavement travel expenses). Personal mini-grants have a maximum of $1,000 per award.
Total funding available: $5,000. Average award: $750 - $1,000.
Only current APS GPER members in good standing at the time of the April meeting 2021 may submit proposals. To facilitate making award decisions, we ask that Strand 1 proposals include the following:
Membership in GPER is not required, but active participation in physics education research is an expectation. To facilitate making award decisions, we ask that Strand 2 proposals include the following:
The Mini-grant Chair receives all grants, checks them for compliance with the RFP, and sorts into bins by strand. The Mini-grant Sub-Committee members read all grants and rank them in a shared spreadsheet, then meets as a committee to come to consensus on a recommendation for how to apportion funds. The recommendation is presented to the Executive Committee as a whole for their approval. The Grants Chair notifies all applicants of the outcomes.
Strand 1: Travel Support for Early Career Researchers
Strand 2: Personal Mini-Grants
For travel awards (Strand 1), awardees are required to submit a one-page activities report on the completion of the funded activities. For personal awards (Strand 2), there are no reporting requirements for this grant program. Spending of all funds should normally be completed within one year after the approval of the proposal; extensions should be requested in writing to email@example.com no less than three months before the normal deadline.
Awarded grants will be approved by the Secretary/Treasurer of GPER before proceeding with the payments. Either a completed W-9 or W-8BEN from each of the recipients must be submitted to the Secretary/Treasurer to forward to APS before any payment can be made. The W-9 provides the social security number and address where the IRS can find the individual.
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 W-8BEN is a certification to APS that a foreign person is not subject to U.S. taxation. This form has the address where the IRS can find the individual. Both forms can be found online.
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