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Transforming Education in Plant Biology (TEPB)
Request for Proposals 2021

Applications accepted January 4, 2021 - January 31, 2021 (11:59 p.m. ET)

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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 Vision and Change 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 12 Principles of 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 two 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 opportunities listed below or propose a different program that fits with the recommendations of Vision and Change.

●       National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science

●       National Academies Summer Institutes on Undergraduate Education

●       Problem-Based Learning workshop at the University of Delaware

Second, the program provides financial support for dissemination of developed materials at the ASPB annual meeting or ASPB-sponsored outreach event. Following the professional development experience, the awardee submits a Post-Professional Development report.  This report describes the instructional materials they plan to create.  The instructional materials must be directly related to plant biology. Information about the Post-Professional Development Report is provided near the end of this RFP and must be reviewed and approved by the Education Committee. 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 ASPB annual meeting or ASPB-sponsored outreach event to present their work product.  Awardees presenting at the ASPB annual meeting will submit an abstract in time to be considered for one or more of the following: oral presentation, poster presentation, and space in the Education Booth.

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

  • Max request:  $4500
  • TEPB is open exclusively to ASPB members.
  • The application period for 2021 awards opens on January 4, 2021.
  • Proposals must be submitted to http://tepb.aspb.org by 11:59 p.m. ET on January 31, 2021.
  • Applicants will be notified by email in early February.
  • Receipts for expenditures must be submitted as expenses are incurred.

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. 

  1. Title Page – limited to one page
  2. Abbreviated CV - limited to two pages
  3. Project Brief - limited to two pages
  4. Itemized Budget – limited to one page


Winnie Nham
Education Coordinator

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