Biochemical Society: Scientific Outreach Grants

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Grant amount: Up to £1,000

Next deadline: Apr 16, 2020 9:00am PDT

Later deadlines: Sep 24, 2020

Applicant type: Nonprofit

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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About this funder:

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Overview:

The Society wishes to support scientific outreach activities that communicate the excitement of molecular bioscience to young people and the community.

Applications are invited for sums up to £1000 to assist with the direct costs associated with an event and expenses incurred (e.g. transport and/or teacher cover).

General Information

The aim of the outreach grants is to increase participation in the molecular biosciences at school level and beyond through engagement activities.

By fulfilling our criteria, you can ensure that your outreach proposal is considered by the Biochemical Society. You can further improve your application by proving that your proposal is sustainable, repeatable, links several organisations and reaches those who do not normally participate in scientific outreach – check our Judge’s Tips page for more information on designing a fantastic outreach event.

Events might include:

  • Exciting activities for a science club
  • Inspiring workshops for students or teachers 
  • Engaging lectures from research scientists (including PhD students and post-doc’s). 

Funding contributions can be made towards teacher cover and transport costs. Provision of refreshments would be deemed a very low priority unless the cost is minimal.

Audience and aims:

  • Age 4-11 – ages 4-11 need to have a “science focus”, without the emphasis on biology
  • Age 11-14 – support for biology within a balanced science curriculum
  • Age 14-18 – support for biology, with increasing emphasis on molecular biology
  • Post-18 – support for biomolecular sciences in their own right.

You can learn more about this opportunity by visiting the funder's website.

Eligibility:

  • Criteria for Biochemical Society Education Outreach Grants:
    • The effectiveness of the proposal for disseminating information about (bio)sciences to young people and the general public. The effectiveness will be considered in terms of the attractiveness of the event(s) to the target audience and the soundness of the underpinning science.
    • The level of relevance to the biosciences, with particular emphasis on molecular bioscience for upper secondary school age audiences and above. For primary school age audiences, the focus can be on biology or on all sciences (for further information, please see the extract from our Education strategy below). 
    • The number of students/teachers/members of the public reached (N.B. This may include young people involved in developing an event or people to whom material is passed on, in addition to the number actually attending). 
    • Consideration for widening participation: e.g. with regard to ‘difficult to reach’ groups.
    • The clarity of the intended output and any performance indicators (including evidence of impact) or methods of evaluation, such as feedback forms or questionnaires. 
    • The likelihood of delivery within the proposed timetable and within the funding requested. 
    • The inclusion of hands-on/practical work.
    • Long term benefits/sustainability (resource production, train the trainers, opportunities for roll out, potential for cascading the benefits). 
    • Events or activities that can be re-run or organized by others. 
  • Additional criteria that will be taken into account include:
    • Collaborations between, several schools, several universities, mix of organizations.
    • The establishment of links/relationships between schools and universities or industry. 
    • The promotion of molecular bioscience career opportunities. 
    • Previous experience of the applicant in outreach activities (although this should NOT deter ‘first time’ applicants).

Preferences:

  • Applicants are also strongly encouraged to write an article for the Society’s members magazine The Biochemist and for the Society’s blog.
  • Does your activity demonstrate originality? The Biochemical Society is always looking to support new, exciting, hands-on methods of engaging the public.
  • Consider the level of relevance of the public outreach proposal to the biosciences, particularly the molecular biosciences.  Aim to promote practical experiences.
  • Consideration for widening participation: e.g. with regard to ‘difficult to reach’ groups.
  • Collaborations between, several schools, several universities, mix of organizations.
  • The establishment of links/relationships between schools and universities or industry.
  • The promotion of molecular bioscience career opportunities.
  • Previous experience of the applicant in outreach activities (although this should NOT deter ‘first time’ applicants).

Ineligibility:

  • The grants can NOT be used to:
    • Purchase standard school equipment which should properly be funded from other sources. 
    • Support commercial activities. 
    • Events/activities that are clearly contributing to recruitment to a particular institution or organization are likely to be given lower priority unless the advantages to participants are particularly strong. Where recruitment may be a factor, the institution will be expected to provide some of their own funding.