High School Equipment Grants (HSEG)

+ Deadline is  December 31, 2021 
+ Submissions open in the Fall

Description

Spectroscopy generally deals with light and color interference and diffraction phenomena, line spectra, spectrophotometry and chemical analysis. The High School Equipment grant is to help foster the study of spectroscopy in high schools.

Questions? info@chemistryoutreach.org

Eligibility

Teachers of biology, chemistry, physics, and general science. Public, private or home schools must be located in the active SSP membership area, which now includes all of PA, OH, WV, NY, NJ, and MD.

All public or private colleges and universities are eligible, but only institutions located within the geographical boundaries are eligible to apply for this equipment grant.

FAQ

Who is eligible to apply for this grant?
Teachers of biology, chemistry, physics, and general science. Public, private or home schools must be located in the active SSP membership area, which now includes all of PA, OH, WV, NY, NJ, and MD.

Are there any equipment restrictions?
Yes. Computers and calculators are generally not funded. However, software, supplies, and various accessories for conducting lab and field experiments or demonstrations can be requested.

How are the applications evaluated?
An evaluation committee considers the following questions:

  • How well does the proposal promote the furthering of science education?
  • How well do the requested equipment and learning outcomes support each other?
  • How reasonable is the cost per student ratio?
  • How does equipment need and financial background of this school compare to others?
  • What evidence indicates that the school, teachers, and/or students are involved in or promote science enrichment activities?
  • What is the school’s grant history? (Recent recipients of this grant are given a lower preference.). This means the last year’s (2020-2021 school year) recipients of this grant will be given a lower preference this year (2021-2022 school year).
  • What is the overall quality of the proposal?

The proposals are ranked and funded from the top-down until all funds are exhausted. Applicants will be notified of the outcome by March 2022.

When and how does the equipment arrive?
Funded equipment is ordered by the SSP and shipped directly from the vendor, typically in May 2022.

Who owns the funded equipment?
The school listed on the HSEG application form has ownership of the funded equipment unless representatives of that school deem otherwise.

Is there a budget restriction?
The maximum grant a school can apply for is $2000. Requests exceeding that amount will not be considered. This year’s budget will allow us to fund at least 9 (nine) schools.

Please review the additional information about Air Quality monitors that your school can apply for funding. It includes Carbon Dioxide and Purple Air particulate monitors installation information and Earth Watch project examples at high schools worldwide.

Application will be available in the fall.