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Grants to USA, Canada, and International Groups and Individuals for Science Writing Professional Support

Peggy Girshman Idea Grants


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Funding Source
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 02/12/24 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Grants of up to $15,000 to USA, Canada, and International groups and individuals for projects and programs to benefit the science writing field and provide professional development opportunities for writers. Priority will be given to proposals for novel events, projects, and resources that the NASW grants program has not supported in the past.

NASW is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. NASW is especially interested in projects led by and/or that serve underrepresented audiences and groups. In addition, any funded projects that solicit multiple voices, whether in the form of panels, events, writing compilations, etc. will be expected to showcase a broad diversity of voices from varied perspectives and backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and belief. The best proposals will outline plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion in project development, execution, and outreach.

Projects must be in keeping with NASW’s mission, and should be accessible to all U.S.-based science writers.


Additional Eligibility Criteria
NASW invites proposals from individuals or groups.

Projects must be aligned with NASW’s mission, and should be accessible to U.S.-based science writers. The committee welcomes proposals from journalists, editors, PIOs, staff, freelancers, producers, managers, and others across media professions. Being a member of NASW is not a requirement, though applicants should demonstrate an understanding of the goals and mission of the organization. Applicants located outside of the United States may apply, but all proposals must demonstrate a clear benefit to U.S.-based science writers.

Project funds should not support individual works, such as underwriting a single investigative piece or book, but could, for instance, underwrite a study of the state of science writing in the United States, or a resource for science writers. All Idea Grant projects are organized independently of NASW, meaning NASW does not provide web services, event support, or other organizational resources to recipients.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Attend the NASW Virtual Networking Social on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024 to ask your questions about the NASW Idea Grants program and to meet potential collaborators.

Start Time: 2 PM ET / 11 AM PT
End Time: 3 PM ET / Noon PT

Event Registration Link:

Additional information:

Pre-Application Information
Please submit your proposal through Submittable by 11:59 p.m. Eastern on Monday, Feb. 12, 2024.

Applicants will be notified of the NASW Grant Committee’s decision in Spring 2024, and can expect disbursements to begin soon thereafter, pending grantees’ acceptance of the grant contract. Applicants should take this timeline into account when planning events. In general, NASW Idea Grants may not be used to fund costs already incurred. Only direct costs are allowed. Indirect costs are not allowable. Grants of more than $5,000 require additional time for approval by the NASW Board in addition to the Grants Committee.

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Estimated Size of Grant
Up to $15,000

Contact Information
Apply online:

If you have questions about the grants program or about submitting an application, please contact Sheila Burt, chair of the Grants Committee, at

The National Association of Science Writers, Inc.
P.O. Box 7905
Berkeley, CA 94707
(510) 859-7229

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