Grants

AMERICAN PENSTEMON SOCIETY APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR 2022 SPECIAL PROJECT GRANTS 

The purpose of the APS Special Projects Program is to stimulate activities that promote knowledge and appreciation of Penstemons. The Society is particularly interested in funding projects that:

1) Promote conservation of Penstemon species in the wild, especially rare or sensitive ones, through understanding of factors that affect their survival, or

2) Promote appreciation for the diversity and beauty of Penstemons in wild and domestic landscapes, through horticultural research, dissemination of information of interest to gardeners, or the construction or enhancement of educational display gardens. 

All applicants must be current members of APS, and may join APS for the purpose of submitting a proposal. Maximum award amount is $1000; in the past three years, awards have ranged from $100 to $1000. Awards are not intended to pay wages or travel to meetings. The number of successful awards in any year will be determined by the number of high-quality proposals, value of the awards, and the annual budget. Awardees are required to submit a final project report, due one year after the award is made, and provide either an article for the newsletter or an oral presentation at an annual meeting.

Proposal Format

Proposals should not exceed five pages, and must follow this format:

  1. Project name
  2. Name and contact information of submitter(s)
  3. Requested funding amount
  4. Objective of the project
  5. Background and rationale
  6. Proposed methods and timeline
  7. Itemized budget
  8. Description of submitters’ qualifications.

Submit proposals to Dorothy Tuthill via email or mail no later than March 30, 2022 (for contact information, see the official RPF). Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email, and successful awardees will be notified no later than April 30, with disbursements made in early May.

 

Graduate Student Grant Opportunity for Penstemon Research

Released January 2022

The American Penstemon Society will provide one grant up to $2000 to a graduate student conducting research on the genus Penstemon. The Society is particularly interested in funding projects that promote a better understanding of Penstemon species in the wild, including biogeography, systematics, and understanding of factors that affect their survival. However, proposals need not be restricted to those areas of research; proposals will be accepted on any Penstemon-related topic.

Eligibility:
  • Grants are available to graduate students at an accredited college or university. Students must identify a faculty member who will provide guidance for the project and a letter of support must be submitted with the application.

 Award:

  • Maximum amount of the award is $2000.
  • Grants are for one year, beginning May 1, 2022 and ending April 30, 2023.
  • Funding may be used to support research (e.g., supplies, equipment, travel), but is not intended to be used as a stipend.
  • A written report describing progress of the research, and an accounting of expenses, is due no later than May 31, 2023.

Proposals should not exceed five pages, and must follow this format:

  1. Project name
  2. Name and contact information of submitter
  3. Requested funding amount
  4. Research objective and hypotheses
  5. Introduction
  6. Proposed methods and timeline
  7. Intellectual merit
  8. Broader impacts
  9. Itemized budget
  10. A letter of support from a faculty advisor

Submit proposals as a single pdf document to Dorothy Tuthill via email (contact information in the official RFP) no later than March 31, 2022. Receipt of proposals will be acknowledged by email, and the successful awardee will be notified no later than April 30, with disbursements made in early May.

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