Unfortunately, ASCB will not be able to offer another round of funding for 2022-2023. Check back later in 2023 for any updates.

ASCB is seeking to expand leadership in science outreach, including science literacy for the public and advocacy/public policy by providing funding and support for scientists with bold ideas to engage their communities in the process of science.

ASCB is seeking to:

  • Help scientists reach public audiences to build trust in scientists and increase appreciation and understanding of science.
  • Enable scientists to take a pilot project to the next level and possibly become competitive for funding from other sources to sustain and expand their project.
  • Support scientists who may want to transition to a career in public engagement or increase the professionalism of their approach to engaging the public.
  • Provide mentoring and networking opportunities to scientists who want to expand their public engagement work.
  • Train scientists to develop assessment tools.

View our webinar from Feb. 18, 2021: How to Submit a Successful Public Engagement Grant Application

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Project Description

The ASCB Public Engagement Grants will provide funding, mentoring, and project assessment directly to ASCB members interested in engaging with their community and gaining experience in public outreach.

ASCB will award grants from $10,000-$35,000 to pay for materials and supplies, marketing, and salaries. We hope to catalyze pilot projects to enable them to become competitive for even more substantial funding. These grants can be thought of as bridge funds to help individuals move from completely homegrown efforts to fully funded efforts. A team may apply, but one individual must be designated as the lead. We are hoping for applications for diverse projects.

ASCB will provide grantees with:

1) Access from start to finish to a dedicated person at the Center for Research Evaluation for individual help with developing assessment tools.

2) Access to mentors (who can be a sounding board for your project and who can help you make connections to broaden your network)

3) Funds to attend the ASCB|EMBO Meeting as well as a science communications meeting or training program (e.g., AAAS, NABI).

4) Networking via a private group on the ASCB Community.

Application Process/Selection
2018 Finalists
2020 Finalists
2021 Finalists


Funded by Science Sandbox, an initiative of the Simons Foundation