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Plant BLOOME 2021

The ASPB Plant Biology Learning Objectives, Outreach Materials & Education Grant

Download the 2021 Plant BLOOME RFP 

Applications will be accepted March 1, 2021- April 12, 2021.

Maximum Funding: $50,000

(Average Award Size: $29,191, as not all PIs requested max funding)

Program Summary: In 1995 ASPB established this grant program (the name changed over time) with the goal to enhance public awareness and understanding of the essential roles of plants in all areas of life.

Plant BLOOME is open to ASPB members with education and outreach projects that advance youth, student, and general public knowledge and understanding of plant biology. These projects should strive to promote and explain varying facets of the following:

  • Importance of plants for the sustainable production of medicine, food, fibers, and fuels;
  • Critical role plants play in sustaining functional ecosystems in changing environments;
  • Latest developments in plant biotechnologies, including genetic modifications that improve the quality and disease- and stress-resistance of crops;
  • Discoveries made in plants that have led to improved human health and wellbeing; and
  • Range of careers related to plant biology or available to plant biologists.

Parameters for Proposals: Plant BLOOME does NOT support lab or field plant science research projects. Priority will be given to education and outreach projects with goals that include, but are not limited to the development, implementation, wide dissemination and evaluation of:

  • Laboratory exercises and experiences that enhance student understanding and mastery of plant biology;
  • Innovative instructional materials or strategies in K-12 or undergraduate settings, science centers and museums, after-school science clubs, etc.;
  • Professional development focused on plant biology for educators (e.g., teachers, museum educators, 4-H agents);
  • Professional development focused on education/outreach for plant biologists and plant biologists in training;
  • Education and outreach collaborations between plant biologists and educators.
  • Educational exhibits or displays in museums, science centers, libraries, and other public venues; and
  • Multimedia educational resources such as radio or video pieces, websites, applications for electronic devices ('apps'), and animations.

For 2021, special consideration will be given to the following areas that enhance undergraduate and/or advanced high school student understanding and mastery of plant biology:

  • Modular or stand-alone laboratory activities and experiences that can be implemented within the existing framework of a variety of courses and do not require costly dedicated instrumentation or materials. 
  • Engaging lecture or laboratory course materials that are optimized for implementation in a hybrid or fully virtual setting.

Suggested Standards: Successful projects will align with current effective scientific teaching practices such as Vision and Change recommendations,Core Concepts and Learning Objectives for Plant Biology,12 Principles of Plant Biology, or Next Generation Science Standards.

Basic Funding Logistics: A maximum award size of $50,000 can be requested for the one-year funding cycle. Projects can begin any time after recipients are notified. Funds are released by mid-August and should be spent by the anniversary date, September 2, 2022. In special cases a no-cost extension may be approved (request deadline August 1, 2022).

Request for Proposal (RFP) Overview: This is a summary of key elements. The full RFP with complete application requirements and guidelines can be downloaded here.

The grant proposal is limited to 8 pages total:

  • Introduction (1 page)
  • Project Description (5 pages) 
    • Project elements to be reviewed include: goals and objectives, methods and approaches, evaluation plan to measure goals and objectives, dissemination plan, sustainability, and references.
  • PI(s) Statement of education/outreach experience and expertise (1 page)
  • Itemized Budget (1 page)



Winnie Nham
ASPB Education Coordinator
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Email: education@aspb.org
Phone: 301-296-0902
Fax: 301-296-0903