Application and Selection Process
Application Deadline: June 30
Geology & Society Board Decisions: July 31 Notification and Awards: August 31
While projects will not be exclusively “academic” in nature the grant will remain inclusive of projects that will involve students, and therefore benefit from awards that can be used during the academic year. This schedule also aligns well with fiscal year planning, which might be beneficial for any community partners involved.
Voting members of the G&S Management Board holding office during the annual application cycle will serve as the Review and Selection Board for the E-an Zen Fund Geoscience Outreach Grant. In addition, one former GSA/USGS Congressional Science Fellow or recent GSA policy- related fellow will serve as a member of the Review and Selection Board for a two-year term.
The former fellow will be appointed by the G&S Chair in consultation of GSA Director for Geoscience Policy. Selection of proposal(s) will take place by consensus or, absent consensus, by majority vote. As an informal, ad hoc committee, deliberations and/or votes of the Review and Selection Board will not be recorded in Geology & Society Division minutes.
The goal of the E-an Zen Fund Geoscience Outreach Grant is to increase the understanding of geoscience and its impact on society among laypeople and decision-makers, therefore the following criteria will be used to evaluate and rank proposals for potential funding:
- Clarity of project design: are the goals achievable within the timetable and budget?
- Size or breadth of the target audience
- Potential to engage new or different audiences not historically exposed to the geosciences
- Does the project employ creative methods or pedagogies?
- Sustainability and transportability: could the project lead to a more sustained impact?
- Track record(s) of the lead applicant and/or team in outreach activities
- Involvement of non-geoscientists in the project as community partners
- Are the goals potentially measurable (even if not within the scope of the project)?
No single project is likely to excel in all criteria; evaluation will balance strengths and weaknesses of the project and applicants, while favoring innovation over risk-aversion.
All successful proposals will be well organized with well-written narratives.