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Promoting Innovation In Science And Mathematics (PRISM)

Awards to North Carolina K-12 Teachers to
Recognize Quality Teaching in Math and Science

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Burroughs Wellcome Fund (BWF)

Deadline Date:

12/05/17 4:00 PM ET


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Awards to North Carolina K-12 teaching professionals to acknowledge innovative teaching methods in the subjects of mathematics and science. The award may be used for supplies, materials, and equipment for high-quality, inquiry-based, and hands-on activities in the classroom.

The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is convinced that all children, regardless of their future career path, need basic science literacy to participate fully in civic life. The Fund believes that the best method for achieving the goal of science literacy is to get students involved in the scientific process and let them do what comes naturally: ask questions and participate in hands-on activities and experiments that convey basic scientific principles.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 182487

Estimated Size of Grant:

This award provides up to $3,000 for one year to cover the cost of equipment, materials, and supplies.  An additional $1,500 may be requested for professional development related to the implementation of new equipment or use of materials in the classroom. 

Term of Contract:

One year. Grantees may request a no-cost extension of up to 12 months.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

To apply for the PRISM award, teaching professionals must currently be employed at a K-12 public schools and hold a professional educator's license to teach in a North Carolina K-12 public school.  This includes those with licensure in elementary education.

Teachers from charter and magnet schools in North Carolina are considered public school teachers and are eligible to apply for the PRISM award.

Equipment, materials, and supplies must be related to quality hands-on experiences for the students in science and/or mathematics. Items must be used directly by students in the classroom or in a structured afterschool time activity.

All applications require a signature from the principal indicating support for the proposal and permission to use the requested equipment, materials, and supplies in the K-12 classroom.

It is not the intent of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund to provide funding for basic technology equipment, such as laptop computers, projectors, whiteboards, graphing calculators, digital cameras, etc. The purchase of books related to the projects will not be supported. BWF will not support field trips or expenses related to guest speakers.

Pre-Application Information:

Award Timeline:
Dec. 5, 2017: Award deadline
March 1, 2018: Award Notification
April 1, 2018: Award Begins
June 30, 2020: Award Ends

Interested candidates who meet the eligibility criteria will need to submit one online proposal through BWF’s Internet Grant Application Module (IGAM) by December 5, 2017 4:00 pm ET.

Electronic applications only.

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Contact Information:

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

Application Portal:

Please review the online Frequently Asked Questions first. Eligibility inquiries should be directed in advance to BWF program staff by contacting:

Melanie Scott, Senior Program Associate, 919-991-5107

Kendra Tucker, Senior Programs Assistant, 919-991-5115

Alfred Mays, Program Officer, 919-991-5103

Burroughs Wellcome Fund
21 T. W. Alexander Drive
Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Telephone: 919-991-5100

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Geographic Focus:

USA: North Carolina