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Transforming Education in Plant Biology (TEPB)
Request for Proposals 2020

Applications accepted September 1, 2019- October 31, 2019 (11:59 p.m. ET)

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Program Summary

In the United States, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and other stakeholders have called for transformation in undergraduate biology education via the Vision and Change report.  The core message of the Vision and Change initiative is a focus on student-centered learning with students as active participants.  Some of the key features of this initiative are: i) ensuring that courses are outcome oriented, inquiry driven, and relevant; ii) providing research experiences for all students; iii) using multiple forms of instruction; and iv) giving students ongoing, frequent, and diverse types of feedback.

The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB) has developed the Transforming Education in Plant Biology (TEPB) program to help put these recommendations into practice via development of new instructional materials in plant biology aligned with the ASPB core concepts in plant biology.  TEPB is particularly well suited to faculty who are planning to build or revise courses or curricula in order to incorporate evidence-based methods of teaching and learning.

TEPB has three parts. 

First, the program provides financial support for the awardee to participate in focused, substantive, and practical professional development. Applicants select either from one of the multi-day professional development opportunites listed below or propose a different program that fits with the recommendations of Vision and Change.

Second, following the professional development experience, the awardee submits a report describing the instructional materials they plan to create. Information required in the post-training report is provided in the full RFP.  The instructional materials must be directly related to plant biology.

Third, within the following year, the awardee develops the educational materials and then submits these materials to the ASPB Education Committee.  By accepting TEPB funds, the awardee agrees to allow dissemination of their educational materials using Plantae or other channels.  Awardees should include funds in their budget to defray costs associated with attending the annual ASPB meeting to present their work product.  Awardees may be invited to participate in the Education Booth and should submit an abstract to present a poster and/or talk in the Education Concurrent session.

Financial support: TEPB awardees will receive up to $4500 (reimbursable or direct-pay to professional development program) for registration and travel to the professional development program and to the ASPB annual meeting.

  • Max request: $4500
  • TEPB is open exclusively to ASPB members.
  • The 2020 application period opens on September 1, 2019.
  • Proposals must be submitted to http://tepb.aspb.org by 11:59 p.m. ET on October 31, 2019.

Applicants will be notified by email by early December.

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. 

Each application is limited to SIX pages total:

  • Introduction (1 page)
  • Abbreviated CV (2 pages)
  • Project Brief (2 pages) - should highlight benefits of selected professional development program, project description, previous experience, and references (if applicable)
  • Itemized Budget (1 page)


Winnie Nham
Education Coordinator

American Society of Plant Biologists
15501 Monona Drive
Rockville, MD 20855
Email: education@aspb.org
Phone: 301-296-0902