Note: due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health crisis and the uncertainty surrounding K-12 instruction, the request for proposals for K-12 Education and Outreach grants has been postponed until further notice. Please check back here for updates.

2019 Request for Proposals 

UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute 

K-12 Education and Outreach 

Submission deadline: November 152019 

The Thompson Earth Systems Institute (TESI) is seeking proposals for education and outreach projects that deliver Earth systems science content (air, water, land, and life) to K-12 students and teachers in key Florida counties. Ideas for projects include but are not limited to: community science projects, experiments, field trips, and more.  Projects that include a partnership or collaboration between the proposer(s) and non-UF organizations are highly encouraged. 

Eligibility: University of Florida postdocs and graduate students. UF undergraduate students may also submit a proposal with the declared support of a UF faculty or staff member. Submissions can be individual or collaborative. In collaborative projects, only one team member must be affiliated with UF.  

Funding: Proposers musts submit a detailed budget outlining the costs of their project. TESI will award up to $2,000 to cover travel, supplies, and other costs associated with delivering the outreach project. The funds will be administered through TESI and cannot be used to support stipends or meeting travel.  

Process: Proposers must complete their application, including submission of a letter of recommendation, by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 15The TESI team will review all proposals and alert proposers of their status within two weeksWe anticipate funding at least 2 proposals in the K-12 category–1 in each of the 2 FL regions covered by the Scientist in Every Florida School Coordinators. After a short orientation, grant recipients can begin spending their funds on January 1, 2020 

Priority consideration will be given to projects that: 

As part of the award, recipients must commit to submitting a short report on outcomes after their project is complete. Recipients must also commit to one virtual or in-person classroom visit in support of the Scientist in Every Florida School initiative.  

How to Apply: Proposals will be submitted through Qualtrics. You can view the proposal components here.  It is recommended that you compose your responses in Microsoft Word before submitting to Qualtrics.  

Submit your final proposal here: Qualtrics Application 

Proposals are due by 11:59 pm on Friday, November 15.  

For questions, please contact Sadie Mills at