UF Thompson Earth Systems Institute 

2020 – 2021 Request for Proposals 

Lifelong Learner Education and Outreach 

Submission deadline: Sunday, December 132020 at 11:59 p.m.

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 lifelong learners throughout the state of Florida. Projects that include a partnership or collaboration between the proposer(s) and non-UF organizations are highly encouraged. 

Lifelong learners include adults and families who learn outside of formal education institutions.  

Lifelong learner education and outreach can take the form of:  

Note – COVID-19 precautions and considerations should be included in every project plan. 

Eligibility: This grant opportunity is open to all 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 who agrees to mentor the student throughout the duration of their project. Submissions can be individual or collaborative. In collaborative projects, only one team member must be affiliated with UF.  

Funding: Proposers must submit a detailed budget outlining the costs related to their project. TESI will award up to $2,000 to cover supplies, travel (if permitted by COVID conditions), and other costs associated with delivering the outreach project. The funds will be administered through TESI and cannot be used to support stipends, wages, or meeting travel.  

Process: Proposers must complete their application, including submission of a letter of support, by 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, December 13, 2020The TESI team will review all proposals and alert proposers of their status within two weeksWe anticipate funding at least two proposals in the Lifelong Learner categoryAfter a short orientation, grant recipients can begin spending their funds in early 2021.   

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.  

How to Apply:

Proposals will be submitted via a Qualtrics application. To complete the application, you will need the following:

Please have all these items gathered before you begin your application, as you will not be able to save your progress. Questions? Contact earthsystems@floridamuseum.ufl.edu. 

Submit your proposal via the Qualtrics application here. 

Proposals are due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, December 13, 2020.