Monday, June 23, 2003


Might be of help to some libraries.

South Carolina-based Broker/Facilitator SERCH (Southeast Regional Clearinghouse) is part of NASA’s Office of Space Science (OSS) education and public outreach (E/PO). Every year SERCH dedicates money from its budget to support worthwhile E/PO initiatives. They are particularly interested in proposals for E/PO efforts that establish lasting partnerships between space science and education communities that support the education mission of OSS. As we speak, SERCH is accepting funding opportunities for its 2003 mini-grants. The mini-grants are awarded for a period of one year in amounts ranging from $5,000 to $10,000. SERCH encourages those interested to submit a proposal for funding by completing the online letter of intent. Award notifications are sent out in July and the anticipated start date for a funded project is August 1. The OSS-funded SERCH program not only promotes space science awareness, but also aims to enhance interest in math and technology through the use of NASA’s OSS mission data and educational products.

And another one.

The LPI Broker/Facilitator team is pleased to announce the continuation of the availability of these gifts for scientist-teacher cooperation. In an effort to increase scientist participation in educational outreach, we are offering up to $300 for materials and supplies for projects involving scientist-teacher partnerships. Proposals will consist of a one- to two-page letter signed by both scientist and teacher. The awards are intended to be available to all scientists performing research supported by NASA’s Office of Space Science (OSS), including OSS-funded Principal Investigators and their Co-Investigators, technical support staff, and graduate students. Proposals will be considered year-round, but monies will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis until available monies are exhausted. Within a few weeks of submission, a Co-Investigator of the Broker/Facilitator team will review each of the proposals. Only one award is allowable each fiscal year to each scientist and teacher. In the event that available monies run out before the end of the fiscal year, all subsequent submissions will be given the option of being considered for an award for the next fiscal year without resubmission. Upon completion of the project, the scientist-teacher team will be required to write a short summary that includes an evaluation of the project’s impact and its potential for use by others. For questions or other information about the program, please e-mail an inquiry to

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