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Science Education Grant

Grants to Alaska Nonprofits, IHEs, Schools, and Individuals
for Parks-Based Nature Education, Outreach, and Science

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U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC)

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Grants to Alaska scientists, educators, nonprofits, universities, and schools to promote stewardship and science related to national parks located within the state. Preference will be given to projects that serve youth, engage new audiences in park-related science, increase a park’s education capacity, and demonstrate innovation, creativity, and tangible results.

The mission of the Murie Science and Learning Center (MSLC) is to promote science and stewardship on behalf of national parks in Alaska. The MSLC Science Education Grants provide financial support so that you – staff at Alaska national parks and partner organizations – can do projects and offer programs that engage locals and visitors with park science.

Projects will be favored in the rating process if they:
1. Serve youth (age 0-25) and introduce new audiences to park sciences (this program is particularly interested in funding youth camps and internships for high school, university, and graduate students);
2. Increase one or more park unit’s capacity to share current park science initiatives and results with the public;
3. Are innovative and creative, discrete, tangible, and likely to result in outcomes that are inspiring to MSLC and Alaska Geographic visitors and supporters.

This program also particularly encourages NPS researchers to apply for grant funding to pay for science communication interns. These media-savvy young adults are great at turning research results into exciting web summaries, social media posts, articles for generalist audiences, school programs, etc.

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GrantWatch ID#: 140965

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budgets of $3,000 - $8,000 are typical, although larger, high-impact projects are also encouraged.

Term of Contract:

Grant projects should be initiated by September 1, 2018 and all monies spent and project components completed by December 31, 2018 unless an exception is granted by the project administrator.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Park service educators and scientists are the most common grant applicants. NPS partners including schools, universities, and nonprofits are also encouraged to apply. Partners must demonstrate substantial park involvement by providing a letter of support from a park superintendent or chief at the benefitting park.

Pre-Application Information:

Applications for the Science Education Grants are due annually on February 10th. Awards will be announced as soon as possible (ideally by February 20).

Science education project funds for MSLC partner parks are occasionally available at other times of the year. If you are out of phase with the funding deadline, please contact the NPS MSLC coordinator to inquire about fund availability.

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

All questions and applications should go to:

Sierra McLane, NPS Director
Murie Science and Learning Center

If you are out of phase with the funding deadline, contact the NPS MSLC coordinator to inquire about fund availability:

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Alaska