NOAA announces funding availability for Formal K-12 Education Projects

NOAA’s Office of Education (OEd) has issued a request for applications for *Formal K-12 Education Projects* that advance inquiry-based Earth System Science learning and stewardship directly tied to the school curriculum, with a particular interest in increasing climate literacy. To address this goal, this solicitation will support service-learning and professional development projects related to NOAA’s mission in the areas of ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, weather and climate sciences and stewardship. Please note that projects related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill are encouraged. A successful project will catalyze change in K-12 education at the state, regional and national level through development of new programs and/or revision of existing programs to improve the environmental literacy of K-12 teachers and their students. A successful project will also leverage NOAA assets, although use of non-NOAA assets is also encouraged.

The target audiences for the projects that will be supported through this funding opportunity are K-12 students, pre- and in-service teachers, and providers of pre-service teacher education and in-service teacher professional development. There is a special interest in projects that address reaching groups traditionally underserved and/or underrepresented in Earth System science, including elementary students and teachers.

The deadline for pre-proposals (which are required) is 5:00 PM EDT September 8, 2010.
The deadline for full applications is 5:00 PM EST on January 12, 2011.

An informational teleconference with the program officers will occur on *July 28, 2010, 3:00 to 5:00 PM EDT*. Interested applicants should register by contacting oed.grants@noaa.gov and include in the Subject line of the email: “Interested in FFO Teleconference – Need Details”. Please provide the interested parties’ name, institution and telephone number in the body of the email. Whenever possible, people from the same institution should try to call in through the same phone line.

For further information please visit: http://www.oesd.noaa.gov/funding_opps.html

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