New Funding Opportunity from the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement

September 8th, 2016

The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) is requesting proposals for Partnership Champions: SENCER-ISE and Professional Development Through Mentoring to Enhance Learning Environments. Partnership Champions is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS; MG-10-15-0071-15) and is an extension of the existing SENCER-ISE (Science Education for New Civic Engagements and Responsibilities- Informal Science Education) project, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (DRL-1237463, 16163268) and the Noyce Foundation. Through SENCER-ISE, the National Center explores and evaluates ways to support sustainable partnerships between informal science and higher education professionals around issues of civic consequence, such as invasive species and habitat loss, public understanding of genomics, and how children learn.

The SENCER-ISE Partnership Champions initiative will provide one-year sub-awards to five cross-sector partnerships. Each sub-award will provide $10,000 (matching funds required, in-kind allowed) for awardees to begin the process of planning and establishing an ongoing collaboration.  As part of the award, the partners will participate in an eMentorship consultation (via online video conference services) with an experienced SENCER-ISE partner on selected topics, such as project planning, institutionalizing the partnership, identifying audience outcomes to guide evaluation, and navigating conflicting schedules. Awardees will also have opportunities to interact with members of other partnerships and the larger SENCER network of faculty and administrators.

Proposals are due 9:00am ET on Monday, October 3, 2016. Please click here for the full Request for Proposal, which includes links to the application guidelines and application form.

Please contact project manager Hailey Chenevert at if you have any questions.