Outreach Support for Grant Proposals

SMIF k12 Outreach

SMIF IS Your Partner in Meaningful Outreach

 

Competitive grant proposals often require meaningful outreach, and a link between the proposed research and the outreach increases the competitiveness of the proposal.

Innovative outreach programs can be difficult for individual faculty and groups of faculty to generate, yet significant broader impacts are a critical aspect of successful proposal funding.

What We Can Do For You

SMIF has leveraged NSF support to create a series of field-tested outreach programs that can:

  • Seamlessly customize and integrate into your proposal
  • Show a direct link between your proposed research and the outreach content

SMIF K12 outreach SMIF provides all the training and equipment.

We look forward to helping you bring your research to a wide audience!

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Contact: holly.leddy@duke.edu

Why Work With Us?

Connections

  • We have a network of educators both in K-12 schools, and afterschool and summer camp settings—and connections to libraries, community centers, and community colleges
  • Through our network, we reach students from a wide range of backgrounds, particularly underrepresented groups in STEM
  • Our lesson plans meet North Carolina K-12 science standards—making it easier to get into the classroom

Experience

  • In the 2017-2018 fiscal year, we hosted more than 700 outreach visitors, ranging from a science camp for middle school girls using the scanning electron microscope to local public school teachers learning about science opportunities in SMIF for their classes
  • About 50% of the groups that visited SMIF specifically served underrepresented groups in STEM

Assessment

  • We keep detailed records on student visits, facilitating reporting to funding agencies
  • We build rigorous assessments of outreach interactions

 

How Does It Work?

  • We help you with proposal development—for proposals large and small
  • Choose one of our field-tested outreach programs
  • We work with you to customize outreach to reflect the specific research in your proposal
  • We provide training for all participants (students and faculty), and all the equipment

Fee Schedule

Prior to October 2020

  • Volunteering/working with existing SMIF outreach programs is free
  • SMIF fees for equipment usage and staff time are partially funded by the NSF RTNN through October 2020
  • Help writing customized outreach plans for proposals is free
  • If the proposal is funded, cost for customized outreach program is 2% of proposal direct costs

Beyond October 2020

  • Help writing customized outreach plans for proposals is free
  • If the proposal is funded, cost for customized outreach program is 4% of proposal direct costs

 

Contact

Email Holly Leddy at holly.leddy@duke.edu