The American Physical Society Physics Education Research Topical Group (GPER) is committed to supporting APS members who advance and enrich research in physics education. The Mini-Grants are divided into two strands – Conference Support for the Physics Education Community (Strand 1) and Personal Support (Strand 2). Historically, the GPER Mini-Grants have provided travel support for physics education researchers. Additionally, we’re continuing a special second strand for personal support, in response to the multiple crises that present numerous personal, professional, and educational challenges. The details of each of these strands can be found below.Apply Here
Application Deadline: Friday, October 22, 2021Please contact Rachel Henderson if you have any questions regarding the GPER Mini-Grants process and/or application.
This strand supports the proposer’s commitments to a conference to present on physics education research to the physics community (i.e. travel, registration costs, workshop costs, poster printing, etc.). All conferences will be considered; however, the 2022 APS April conference will be prioritized. Partial support is more likely than full support. Conference support grants are capped at $1000 in this strand. Preference is given to members of the APS community who have limited conference resources. 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 two pages and must state whether the presentation is invited or contributed.
Total funding available: $2,000Average award: $1000
To facilitate making award decisions, we ask that Strand 1 proposals include the following:
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: $4,000Average award: $750 - $1,000
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 meet 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. Please note that all current and future GPER Executive Committee members will have access to applications.
Strand 1: Conference Support for the Physics Education Community
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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. For travel grants, submission of receipts will be required prior to reimbursement of funds. Each recipient will be required to submit either a completed W-9 or W-8BEN. The W-8BEN is a certification to APS that a foreign person is not subject to U.S. taxation.Direct grants are taxable to the recipient and they will receive a 1099 if the total receipts within a calendar year are greater than $600. Travel reimbursements are not subject to taxation.
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