Training and Retaining a Skill Workforce - 2019 Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals

Deadline: We will be accepting and reviewing proposals on a rolling basis,

however funds are limited so apply as soon as possible

NH BioMade, a statewide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, announces the request for proposals (RFP) for:

NH BioMade Educational Grant Opportunity: Attracting, Training, and Retaining a Skilled Workforce 

 

Overview

NH BioMade, a statewide initiative funded by the National Science Foundation, supports the rapidly growing New Hampshire biomaterials industry.

This grant seed-funding program aims to fund curriculum or training enhancements that will attract, train, and retain a more diverse biomaterials, bioengineering, and bio-related advanced manufacturing workforce. The NH BioMade team has talked to local industry leaders and has identified skills gaps within core areas related to NH BioMade research: computational modeling, advanced manufacturing, biomaterials and bioprocessing, as well as foundational work skills.

We welcome and encourage projects that aim to create or enhance remote learning activities.

Target recipients of the curriculum and training enhancements are split into four grade-bands:  

  • grades 6 – 8
  • grades 9 – 12
  • undergraduate
  • graduate

 

How much money is available?

Projects that target only one grade-band are “within grade-band” projects and are eligible for up to $5,000 in funding. Projects that cover two or more grade-bands are “across grade-band” projects and are eligible for up to $10,000. Project length is one year unless a longer period is approved.

We will be accepting and reviewing proposals on a rolling basis, however funds are limited. We expect to support up to six within grade-band projects (up to $5,000) and three across grade-band projects (up to $10,000). Grade bands are defined as grades 6-8, grades 9-12, undergraduate, and graduate. Applications are due August 31, 2020.

Who can apply?

NH education and/or industry professionals can apply. This includes, but is not limited to secondary school teachers, CTE teachers, administrators, Community College faculty, 4-year institution faculty, informal science educators, and industry professionals that are in the state of New Hampshire. Eligible projects will support course development NH secondary schools, career and technical education centers, community colleges, four-year colleges and universities, and informal science programs.

 

Example Projects

There are no prescribed guidelines for the development of the curriculum or training enhancement. Here are some examples of projects that could possibly receive funding:

  • Elective courses or course modules
  • New industry-school partnerships or expansion of old partnerships
  • Curricula to improve career awareness through experiential learning
  • Evidence of increased direct interaction between learners and industry
  • Curricular and extra-curricular activities focused on career pathways

 

Contact: Steve.Hale@unh.edu, 603-862-4758; Allison.Wasiewski@unh.edu, 603-862-5253

 

More details and instructions can be found at these links:

Click here for Within Grade-Band Request for Proposals - Application

Click here for Across Grade-Band Request for Proposals - Application

Full document - printable (not an application)