Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education Grant (Plant BLOOME)

American Society of Plant Biologists

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Grant amount: Up to US $50,000

Deadline: Apr 5, 2020 8:59pm PDT

Applicant type: Individuals

Funding uses: Education / Outreach

Membership: Applicants must be a member of this organization to apply. Become a member.

Location of project: Anywhere in the world

Location of residency: Anywhere in the world

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Plant BLOOME 2020 is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and understanding of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the following:

  • Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels
  • Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments
  • Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops
  • Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing
  • Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists

Priority will be given to education and outreach projects with goals that include, but are not limited to the development, implementation, wide dissemination and evaluation of:

  • Laboratory exercises and experiences that enhance student understanding and mastery of plant biology;
  • Innovative instructional materials or strategies in K-12 or undergraduate settings, science centers and museums, after-school science clubs, etc.; 
  • Professional development focused on plant biology for educators (e.g., teachers, museum educators, 4-H agents);
  • Professional development focused on education/outreach for plant biologists and plant biologists in training;
  • Education and outreach collaborations between plant biologists and educators.
  • Educational exhibits or displays in museums, science centers, libraries, and other public venues; and
  • Multimedia educational resources such as radio or video pieces, websites, applications for electronic devices ('apps'), and animations.

For 2020, special consideration will be given to the following area:

  • Laboratory exercises and experiences developed for undergraduate and/or advanced high school students that enhance student understanding and mastery of plant biology.

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


  • Proposals are encouraged from ASPB members from both within and outside the United States and projects may serve communities in any country.
  • Although projects may be implemented with a small audience for initial development and pilot testing, ASPB expects that project products and results will impact a broader audience and generally reach beyond a single institution

You must be a member of this organization to apply for this award - become a member. The Primary Investigator (PI) must be a current ASPB member.


  • Proposals that leverage the Society’s funds with support from other sources are encouraged, particularly for proposals requesting a full $50,000 budget.


  • Plant BLOOME does NOT support lab or field plant science research projects.

  • No funds may be requested for endowments or granting programs.

  • No indirect costs (overhead) will be covered by the grant awards.