With support from the Rita Allen Foundation(“Sponsor”), the National Academy of Sciences’(“NAS”) Standing Committee on Advancing Science Communication Research and Practice (“Standing Committee”) is offering awards to support the formation and development of collaborative researcher–practitioner partnerships. These awards are intended to facilitate collaborative efforts that will advance the science of science communication through the development, use, and evaluation of evidenced-based approaches to the practice of communicating with people about science.
Support may be given to projects at various stages of project planning or execution:
Catalyst awards of up to $12,000 shall be used to facilitate the development of new collaborative partnerships or projects. Their purpose is to allow prospective partners to meet in person, to establish a productive collaboration, and to develop a preliminary project plan, which may then be used to secure external funding.
Partnership support awards of up to $50,000 shall be used to support the design, execution, and the evaluation of the first stages of a collaborative project.
To apply for these awards, partners will submit a joint proposal that describes the rationale for their partnership, the focus of the collaborative work (i.e., the science communication problem and the science topical focus of the collaboration) that will be addressed through the partnership, a workplan for conducting the project collaboratively at all phases, an evaluation plan and an outline of how the work will improve the way in which science is communicated or used in applied settings. Proposals that have a focus on underserved populations will receive priority consideration. Additional details about the requirements for proposals appear below.
Members of the Standing Committee will select the teams to receive awards, with an announcement in early August 2019. Awarded teams will receive funds to begin implementing their plans for collaboration.