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Request for Proposals: American Society of Human Genetics Genetics Education Research Program
Deadline: June 11, 2014
This announcement describes the ASHG Genetics Education Research Program (GERP), its eligibility criteria, and the procedures for submitting a proposal. Please review these guidelines and submit your proposal in the requested format.
The Grant Program
Promoting Genetic Literacy in Teachers and Students
The purpose of the Genetics Education Research Program is to support proposals for investigating research questions related to genetics education, grades 7-20.
We fund projects that promote:
• Teacher development: knowledge and training
• Student learning and knowledge gain
• Activity creation and assessment
• Development and evaluation of assessment tools
• Analysis of the impact of pedagogy
We give priority to projects that:
• Have strong assessment strategies
• Collect and report empirical data
• Have broad impact across multiple curricula
• Address misconceptions in genetics
Examples of specific RFPs:
• Determining the efficacy of an “inverted curriculum” in genetics instruction (see Dougherty, M.J. (2009). Closing the gap: Inverting the genetics curriculum to ensure an informed public. Amer J Hum Gen. 85, 1-7. http://www.cell.com/AJHG/abstract/S0002-9297(09)00208-0
• Projects that address and correct specific misconceptions in genetics (student and/or teacher misconceptions)
• Creative ways in which to teach about complex traits
The Application Process
The ASHG invites proposals, under an annual, competitive RFP process and awards grants to promote and strengthen genetic literacy in grades 7-20, for student populations and/or teachers.
Applicants (and mentors, if applicable) must be ASHG members who are current on their dues. They must be affiliated with a non-profit organization that engages in educational research, and they must have adequate institutional infrastructure to manage the grant professionally. Applications may originate with established investigators (e.g., current PIs) or with trainees (e.g., graduate students or postdocs), as long as they have the support of their mentor.
ASHG will fund one annual grant not to exceed $10,000. Funds may be used over a two-year period.
Application Procedures and Content
Please submit an application containing all of the items specified below. Applications may be mailed to:
The American Society of Human Genetics
9650 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20814
or sent as an attachment in an e-mail to: email@example.com
Please include all of the following:
• Cover letter
• Narrative: no more than five pages using 11-point font and one-inch margins
• Project description
◦ Statement of problem
◦ Goals and objectives
◦ Target population
◦ Project activity(ies)
◦ Assessment strategy
• Project budget: Two pages: one-page Excel and one-page justification.
• CVs for the PI and key staff: two-page maximum per individual
• Description of organization and statement of support: one-page maximum
• All research involving human subjects requires IRB approval prior to release of funds.
All proposals should include a sound plan for evaluation. Proposals of a purely exploratory nature, with no means of evaluating specific outcomes, are not eligible for funding, nor are projects that seek support only to teach new content or current content in a new way. Proposals involving teaching are eligible provided they assess specific and measurable change, for example, measuring changes in student learning, attitudes toward genetics, or similar. Proposals involving teacher learning, teacher knowledge gain, and teacher attitudes toward genetics are also eligible.
Proposals that seek supplementary funding, for example, to extend or bolster support for a graduate student engaged in current research may be eligible provided the research is deemed meritorious and pending availability of funds. Proposals that uniquely target the topic of the solicitation will receive highest priority. Novel research projects that propose ASHG support as part of a larger, combined funding package will be eligible as long as the topic of the solicitation features prominently in the research.
Grant Review Process
A subset of the Information & Education (I&E) Committee will review proposals, make selections, and forward recommendations to the full I&E Committee for approval. During initial review, additional reviewers may be contacted as needed.
I&E (through the ASHG Director of Education) will submit the top selection to the Executive Committee of the ASHG Board of Directors for final approval.
Review criteria will include but not be limited to:
• Quality of assessment
• Reasonableness of budget
• Reasonableness of project scope
• Qualifications of the PI
• Potential impact of the project
Deadline for 2014 proposals: June 11, 2014
Announcement of award: August 2014
Call for Submissions: American Society of Human Genetics 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest
The American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) invites you to participate in the 9th Annual DNA Day Essay Contest! The contest is open to students in grades 9-12.
The contest aims to challenge students to examine, question, and reflect on important concepts in genetics. Essays are expected to contain substantive, well-reasoned arguments indicative of a depth of understanding of the concepts related to the essay question. Essays are read and evaluated by several independent judges through three rounds of scoring.
1st Place Winner: $1,000 + $1,000 genetics materials grant for teacher
2nd Place Winner: $600 + $600 genetics materials grant for teacher
3rd Place Winner: $400 + $400 genetics materials grant for teacher
Honorable Mention: 10 prizes of $100 each.
Complex traits, such as blood pressure, height, cardiovascular disease, or autism, are the combined result of multiple genes and the environment. For ONE complex human trait of your choosing, identify and explain the contributions of at least one genetic factor AND one environmental factor. How does this interplay lead to a phenotype? Keep in mind that the environment may include nutrition, psychological elements, and other non-genetic factors. If the molecular or biological basis of the interaction between the genetic and environmental factors is known, be sure to discuss it. If not, discuss the gaps in our knowledge of how those factors influence your chosen trait.
Essays are due at 5:00 pm EST, March 14, 2014.
Essay Contest Rules
1. Essays will be accepted from high school students (grades 9-12) in the US and internationally. A teacher or administrator must submit the essay and authenticate that the submission is the original work of the student. Parents may submit the essays of home-schooled students only. Only one entry may be submitted for each student.
2. All essays must be written in English and are limited to 750 words, including in-text citations. Essay titles are optional and will be counted towards the word limit. Reference lists do not count toward the 750 word limit.
3. Each teacher may only submit six student essays per class, for up to three classes.
4. Essays must be submitted electronically through the ASHG submission site no later than 5:00 pm EST on March 14, 2014. Essays mailed, faxed, or emailed to the Society will NOT be accepted. Once submitted, essays cannot be changed or revised.
5. The text of student essays must be original prose unless quotations are explicitly noted. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Essays found to contain the uncited work of others will be disqualified, and the student’s teacher will be notified.
6. Essays must include at least one reference. References must be clearly documented with both in-text citations and in the references list (the reference list should be separately entered into the “References” section of the submission page). Students may use either APA or MLA style for citing references. There is no restriction on how many references students may use. Quality of references will be considered by judges when scoring. General references such as Wikipedia are considered low-quality, whereas primary literature from research journals (see http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/) is considered high-quality.
7. Only classroom teachers are eligible for the equipment grant. Teachers of first-place winners from 2011, 2012, and 2013 are not eligible for equipment grants in 2014.
Please note that text from essays may be used for research purposes to identify misconceptions, misunderstandings, and areas of student interest in genetics. Student text may be published on the ASHG Web site, newsletter or in other ASHG-supported publications.