2014-15 Biology Leadership Conference (BLC) Catalytic Grant Program


Introduction
Conference participants are invited to apply for one of two catalytic grants of $5000 each, provided byJane Reece, the family of Neil Campbell, and Pearson Education. The catalytic grants will support inter-college collaborations formed to devise innovations in general biology education. Each of the grants will fund one, highly-focused idea that might not be funded through departmental money or through other granting bodies. A catalytic grant could also form the basis for a subsequent, larger grant proposal to an agency such as NSF or HHMI. Catalytic grant funds must be used to support the participants’ collaboration.

Application Process
Three-page proposals to initiate collaboration between representatives of at least two different colleges plus a budget and budget justification must be submitted by May 16, 2014. A proposal must include at least two Biology Leadership Conference (BLC) attendees. Applicants must show that the proposal will support a collaborative effort to investigate a new teaching strategy, conduct research on learning, or to produce materials that will support biology education. Only two collaborators (each from a different school) need to be named in the proposal but others can be listed or added later.

Criteria
The BLC Advisory Board will use the following criteria to make the awards:
- The proposed collaboration addresses an important teaching issue
- The idea proposed is creative and original
- The team members are well qualified to accomplish their task
- The activity or teaching innovation planned is appropriate to the project and is achievable
- The proposal includes a plan to evaluate the success of the innovation

Key Dates
5.16.14 Proposals must be submitted electronically as email attachments (Word files).
6.2.14 Applicants will be notified of successful awards.
9.8.14 Interim reports due including a plan for the academic year’s work
6.5.14 Final report due.
Results presented at 2015 Biology Leadership Conference.

Application
Your application should follow the following outline:
1. Title of project
2. Name and institution of collaborators
3. The issue the project intends to address
4. A short description of the proposed project
5. The anticipated impacts of the project
6. A justification – why should this project be funded?
7. A timeline/calendar for activities and or product development
8. A simple itemized budget with a description of each item and estimated costs

Here are two examples of successfully funded proposals.

Developing a MentoringNetwork:

Training for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Assistants: