Seed Grants

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Note: Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. We suggest allowing 3 to 6 months’ lead time and applying by March 31, 2016 if you plan to begin your Math Teachers’ Circle during the summer.

Overview

The Math Teachers’ Circle seed grant program is sponsored by the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM), Math for America, the National Security Agency, and other donors. The program’s objective is to provide new Math Teachers’ Circles with funding and mentoring to support their first year.

New Math Teachers’ Circles selected for support will receive a seed grant of $2,000. Pending funding to AIM, it is anticipated that awards will also include:

  • Reimbursement of up to $3,000 in intensive summer workshop expenses;
  • Travel expense reimbursement and a stipend for an experienced MTC leader (“Circle Mentor”) to facilitate sessions of your summer immersion workshop;
  • Travel expense reimbursement for your leadership team to visit a nearby Math Teachers’ Circle (“Sister Circle”).

Eligibility and restrictions

To be eligible for a seed grant, a Math Teachers’ Circle must have:

  • A leadership team of two K-12 mathematics teachers and two college or university mathematics faculty members;
  • A host institution committed to supporting your Circle;
  • A letter of commitment from your host institution. A sample letter of commitment is provided here.

Preference will be given to MTCs that are planning to hold a summer immersion workshop for teachers in 2016 or 2017.

Seed grants are made for a period of 12 months. Exceptions to the standard timeline may be considered if the request is well justified. Grant recipients are expected to provide an interim report of their activities by November 15, and a final report no later than 30 days after the conclusion of the grant period. Please note that no funds from this award may be used to cover overhead or administrative costs.

Application Guidelines

To apply for a seed grant, please download the application form.

Complete the application according to the instructions in the form. Total application should not exceed 4 pages:

Section 1. Contact Information (1 page)
Section 2. Project Information (2 pages)
Section 3. Letter of Commitment (1 page)

Please submit your seed grant application to circles@aimath.org.

Application review and timing

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis throughout the year. We try to respond to all applications within 2 weeks of receipt. We suggest allowing 3 to 6 months’ lead time and applying by March 31, 2016 if you plan to begin your Math Teachers’ Circle during the summer, to allow time for the planning and recruitment process.

Questions?

Please visit our list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Hana Silverstein, AIM Special Projects Assistant, is the contact for the program. Please write to hana (at) aimath . org with any other questions.