PLOS Travel Award: Next Generation Scientist Communicators

Application Deadline: June 30, 2015

The Public Library of Science (PLOS) is offering up to ten travel awards to early career researchers to communicate their work at an upcoming conference. If you are an early career researcher with thoughts you’d like to share on what is the biggest hindrance for communicating science and what you or your peers can do to address this issue, apply now for a chance to win $500 to offset travel expenses associated with presenting work at a scientific conference in Fall 2015.


  • Be a presenting author on a paper or poster at the scientific conference indicated on the application form (conference must take place between August 1, 2015 and December 31, 2015)
  • Be an author on an article published in any PLOS journal by the application date - June 30, 2015
  • Be part of a graduate program or have received a graduate degree within the last five years as of the June 30, 2015


  • 500$ to assist with travel or conference registration expenses 
  • Recipients will also receive a certificate commemorating the award
  • Up to 10 travel awards are available for 2015
  • Recipients will be notified via email by August 3, 2015

Award Conditions

  • Proof of presentation & attendance required within 2 weeks of conference closing date

Application Instructions:

BeHEARD 2015 Science Competition 

Deadline for submission: May 17, 2015

Rare Genomics Institute is pleased to announce the 2015 BeHEARD (Helping Empower and Accelerate Research Discoveries) Challenge, a science competition to support rare disease research. Partnering with 18 life-science technology companies , the challenge offers over $600,000 of cutting-edge technologies and over 40 premium prizes for rare disease researchers to apply for. The prizes include custom mouse models, bioinformatics analysis software, drug repositioning service, gene editing cell lines, and much more.

Who is eligible to apply?

• Projects that involve rare diseases (the list is as defined by the NIH).

• Researchers at non-profit institutions, universities, or academic laboratories.

• Rare disease advocacy groups, foundations, and families.

• For-profit companies are encouraged to collaborate with non-profit patient advocacy groups or universities in order to apply.

• The challenge is open to researchers GLOBALLY, not restricted to US researchers.

• The challenge is open to PIs, postdocs, and graduate students.

Applicants are required to provide the following information:

  • CV of applicant(s)
  • Contact information
  • Summary of your research, including background, significance, hypothesis, and specific aims (<1000 words)
  • Research approach proposal, including rationales and plans, for each technology you apply for (<1000 words for each technology)

You can find information on how to apply here:


Program Title: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Full Proposal Deadline(s) (due by 5 p.m. proposer's local time):

March 17, 2015

August 04, 2015

Available Formats:




Synopsis of Program:

In this solicitation, the acronym STEM stands for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; STEM includes computer science.

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics majors and professionals to become K-12 STEM teachers.

Track 1: The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarships and Stipends Track provides funds to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate STEM majors and post-baccalaureate STEM professionals to become highly effective STEM teachers; these individuals commit to teaching for 2 years in high-need local educational agencies for every year of scholarship/stipend support.

Track 2: The NSF Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support fellowships, academic programs, professional development, and salary supplements for STEM professionals, including retirees from STEM professions, who enroll in a master's degree program leading to teacher certification or licensing; these individuals, referred to as NSF Teaching Fellows, commit to teaching for four years in high-need local educational agencies.

Track 3: The NSF Master Teaching Fellowships Track provides funds to support professional development and salary supplements for K-12 STEM teachers, who are experienced and exemplary and who already have a master's degree in their field, to become NSF Master Teaching Fellows; these individuals commit to teaching for five years in high-need local educational agencies. Tracks 1, 2, and 3 welcome Phase 1, Phase 2, and Capacity Building proposals.

Track 4: Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers provides funds to support planning, exploratory research, and full scale research proposals that address (1) a set of research priorities identified by and stated in the 2010 National Research Council's report, Preparing Teachers: Building Evidence for Sound Policy and (2) issues identified in the literature on effective teachers and the retention of effective STEM teachers and teacher leaders. This track provides funding for two categories of proposals: Research Type A Noyce Partnerships for Research on STEM Teacher Preparation and Research Type B Research on Preparing STEM Teachers for the Future.

Award Information

Anticipated Type of Award: Standard Grant or Continuing Grant

Estimated Number of Awards: 50 to 60

including 33-37 in Track 1 S&S (Phase 1, Phase 2, and Capacity Building), 7-9 in Track 2 TF (Phase 1, Phase 2, and Capacity Building), 7-9 in Track 3 MTF (Phase 1, Phase 2, and Capacity Building), and 3-5 in Track 4 Noyce Research.

Anticipated Funding Amount: $52,800,000

for new Noyce awards in FY 2015, pending availability of funding.

Eligibility Information

Who May Submit Proposals

Proposals may only be submitted by the following: Universities and two- or four-year colleges (including community colleges, tribal colleges, and minority-serving institutions) accredited in, and having a campus located in, the United States, or consortia of such institutions, or U.S. nonprofit entities that have established consortia among such institutions of higher education. In addition, for Track 4: Research on the Preparation, Recruitment, and Retention of K-12 STEM Teachers, professional societies and similar organizations that are directly associated with educational or research activities.

Who May Serve as PI: The PI/Co-PI team must include at least one faculty member from a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics department and at least one education faculty member.

Limit on Number of Proposals per Organization: There are no restrictions or limits.

Limit on Number of Proposals per PI or Co-PI: There are no restrictions or limits.