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PERLOC is awarding a number of small grants to PERTG members in four strands.  These grants are typically small ($200-$2000; total annual budget ~$10k), and support the activities of the PER community. There are two solicitations per year, announced via the PERTG mailing list and on the PERTG Forum.  Please see these announcements for proposal deadlines and detailed submission instructions.  Only PERTG members in good standing are eligible to apply for grants.

Proposals must be in PDF format, one PDF per proposal, with the last name of the proposer in the title of the file. Your proposal must include: 

  • The name of the strand to which you submit.
  • Motivation: Why is this project/travel important to you and to the community?
  • Plan: What do you want to do? With whom? When? How long?
  • Need: What other sources of funding are available to this project/travel?
  • Budget: How much money do you want? What will you spend it on?
  • Your name, institutional affiliation, and email address. For undergrads, grad students, and post-docs, your advisor's name.
  • Some strands may require additional parts.

Your proposal should be not more than two pages long. Brevity and clarity are deeply appreciated.  If you are awarded a grant, you should plan to submit a one-page activities report after you engage in the funded activities.

The four strands are described below.

PERTG Travel Grants

This strand is intended to support travel to a professional conference; preference is given to presenters and to travelers to AAPT meetings.  Partial support is more likely than full support; domestic grants are capped at $500, but international grants may be larger. Preference is given to junior or isolated members of the community. Historically, travel grant proposals have been somewhat shorter than one page, and we encourage similar brevity in this competition. If you submit to this strand, you must be the traveler; you may not submit to this strand on behalf of someone else.

PERTG Scholar-in-Residence Grants

This strand supports the creation of new collaborations by providing funds for one person to visit with another person or group. Either the visitor or the host may apply for this strand; however, both the visitor and the host must be identified by name. A letter from the host with hosting details (housing support, office space, in-person activities, remote activities, or other supporting information) must accompany the proposal and is not included in the page limit.

PERTG Organizer Grants

This strand supports conference and session organizers who wish to use PERTG funds to defray the costs for other people to attend conferences. Funds may be used to provide discount registration to graduate students or registrants of limited means, bring in invited speakers, fund conference activities, or similar; it is not intended that the organizers will personally financially benefit from these grants.

PERTG Innovation and Community Resource Grants

This strand supports other activities that are broadly useful or interesting to the PER community.  We are particularly interested in projects that bring new people into the community, or help peripheral participants become more central.  Be creative!  For additional guidance on this strand, you are invited (but not required) to chat with Ellie Sayre (esayre at gmail.com) before the submission deadline.