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Sandra Rodríguez
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Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund

We are accepting proposals for the 2013-2014 cycle of the Biogen Idec Foundation Micro-Grants in Science Education Fund.  The purpose of the Fund is to provide small, one-time grants to schools and nonprofit organizations in the Triangle region to support science education programs and projects that might otherwise go unfunded.  Grants will range from $250 to $2,500, and proposals in the lower and middle parts of the range are encouraged.  Preference will be given to projects that focus on the life sciences.  Projects must expand and enhance science education at the elementary-school, middle-school or high-school levels.

IMPORTANT DATES
Proposals due November 15, 2013 by 5:00 PM, Funding decisions by December 2, Funding available December 15

BASIC ELIGIBILITY
Applicant must be a school or 501(c)3 nonprofit organization serving students in grades K-12 in the Triangle region.

o Applications from public, charter, magnet, and private schools will be accepted. 
o For schools, elementary schools, middle schools and high schools are eligible to apply.
o Schools are limited to one application submitted per school and required to have an authorized signature from the head of the school.  More than one application received from a school will disqualify all applications from that school.
o Nonprofits are limited to one application and must provide proof of 501(c)3 status.
o The Triangle region is defined for this program as Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake, and Warren counties.  Preference may be given to applicants in Wake, Durham, Orange, and Chatham.

FUNDING FOCUS
Successful applications will focus on one or more of the following goals:

o Promote science literacy among students
o Help develop effective science education teachers and leaders
o Encourage underserved youth with potential in grades K-12 to enter science fields

TIMEFRAME
Request must be for projects occurring December 15, 2013 – September 30, 2014

EXAMPLES
Representative projects include, but are not limited to:

o Purchase of laboratory materials for use in hands-on experiments
o Fee to cover the stipend for an expert to speak to a science class
o Purchase of books, workbooks, lab manuals, etc. not covered by instructional budget
o Transportation or admission fees for students to participate in science education field trips to museums, botanical gardens, zoological gardens
o Materials or other needs of after-school or summer science programs

REVIEW CRITERIA
Eligible proposals will be reviewed using the following criteria:

○ Clear goals and measurable outcomes, consistent with funding focus
○ Complement or enhance existing efforts at applicant school or nonprofit
○ Positive impact on a significant number of youth from a wide variety of backgrounds, especially underserved populations
○ Preference will be given to projects in the life sciences.

HOW TO APPLY
Applications must be submitted online.  Begin the online process here.

Questions?  Contact Sandra Rodríguez at (919) 474-8370 ext. 4007 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)Application must be submitted no later than 5:00 pm on November 15, 2013.