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Expanding Potential Seed Projects

Expanding Potential Seed ProjectsTo encourage new programs that enact positive change for diversity in STEM, the Expanding Potential organizers seek to help the community establish a portfolio of Expanding Potential Seed Projects. Project leaders may receive $1,000-$5,000 to develop innovative diversity initiatives at their home institutions that can easily be replicated across many institutions. Projects will be highlighted at the next Expanding Potential Workshop, giving project developers and workshop attendees the opportunity to learn from one another and develop/start new or similar projects. 

Example projects could include:

  • Efforts to address challenges related to gender equity in STEM fields
  • Programs that encourage STEM participation of underrepresented groups, including but not limited to the LGBTQ community, disabled individuals, veterans, and underrepresented ethnic/racial minorities
  • Taking a challenge from the inaugural Expanding Potential Workshop and developing an action-oriented response

Due date: Please check back for future opportunities.


Proposal requirements/guidelines:

  • Proposals are limited to two pages and include a separate budget for no more than $5,000.
  • Proposers must be affiliated with a university (student, postdoc, faculty or staff).
  • Individuals or groups may apply.

Proposals must include an overview, the rationale for the project, and answer the following questions:

  • What underrepresented group are you representing and why?
  • What critical need does this project serve?
  • What synergystic relationships will this project have with other efforts to advance diversity in STEM?
  • How can this project be implemented elsewhere?
  • What is the experience and track record of the proposer(s) in carrying out similar activities in the past?

Proposal merit:

  • Successful projects will have a clear strategy for addressing one or more known challenges in STEM diversity (e.g., the leaky pipeline, gender bias, sterreotype threat, etc.).
  • We encourage interdisciplinary projects that involve many STEM fields.
  • We encourage partnerships with existing STEM/diversity organizations and across multiple institutions.
  • Succcessful projects can be easily implemented at other institutions.
  • Proposals will be reviewed by the Synberc Diversity Committee. All decisions are final.

Award requirements:

  • Program developers will be required to present their work and results at the next Expanding Potential Workshop.
  • Funds may not be used for fundraising, proposer's travel, general operating costs for existing programs/organizations/departments, and must otherwise be spent in accordance with Federal spending guidelines for allowable costs (see NSF Allowable Cost guidelines).

For assistance during the grant writing process and other questions, please contact Shaila Kotadia.