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Plant BLOOME 2015

The ASPB Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education Grant

APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED February 3 - Wednesday, April 15, 2015 (11:59 p.m. ET)

Maximum Funding: $50,000

2007-2013 Average Award Size ~$27,000 (includes $30,000 max for 2007-2012)
2014 Award Size: ~$48K

In 1995 ASPB established this grant program with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the role of plants in all areas of life. Over the years (and under various names) this grant program has helped germinate many successful education and outreach resources.

Plant BLOOME 2015 is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and appreciation of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the:

  • Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
  • Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
  • Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
  • Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
  • Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.

Plant BLOOME does NOT support lab or field plant science research projects. Priority will be given to education and outreach projects with goals that include, but are not limited to the development, implementation, and evaluation of:

  • Innovative instructional materials or strategies in K-12 or undergraduate settings, science centers and museums, after-school science clubs, etc.;
  • Professional development about plant biology for educators (e.g., teachers, museum educators, 4-H agents, etc.);
  • Professional development about education and outreach for plant biologists and plant biologists in training;
  • Educational exhibits or displays in science museums, science centers, libraries, and other public venues;
  • Multimedia educational resources such as radio or video pieces, websites, applications for electronic devices ('apps'), and animations; and
  • Education and outreach collaborations between plant biologists and educators.

Successful projects will align with current effective scientific teaching practices such as those found at,,, and

Click here for complete details in the RFP (PDF to download)

A maximum award size of $50,000 can be requested for the one-year funding cycle. Projects can begin any time after recipients are notified. Funds are released by mid-August and should be spent by the anniversary date, September 2, 2015. In special cases a no-cost extension may be approved (request deadline August 1, 2015). Proposals are encouraged from ASPB members from both within and outside the United States and projects may serve communities from any country. Proposals that leverage the Societys funds with support from other sources are encouraged, particularly for proposals requesting a full $50,000 budget.

For Assistance, Please Contact:

Katie Engen
American Society of Plant Biologists
ASPB Education Coordinator
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Phone: 301-251-0560
Fax: 301-296-0903

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15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855-2768 USA
Phone: 301-251-0560
Fax: 301-279-2996