PhysTEC Request for Proposals

We expect to fund up to four comprehensive sites to substantially increase the number of physics teachers and address all PhysTEC key components (see the PhysTEC website). Initial proposals will be due April 13; full proposals (if invited) will be due in July; and funding begins August 2019.

General Information

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) project is soliciting proposals for new sites. To date, PhysTEC has funded over 40 institutions to educate greater numbers of highly qualified physics teachers. Only one in three high school physics teachers has a degree in physics or physics education, and the shortage of qualified teachers in physics is more severe than in any other discipline. Physics departments that engage in teacher preparation help to serve the needs of the surrounding region, and provide a pathway for students who are passionate about teaching to get a job that many find rewarding.

Important Dates

February 5: Submission opens

February 10: Informational session during PhysTEC Conference 

February 13: Informational webinar (see below)

April 13: Pre-proposals due

May (late): Invitations made to submit full proposals

July 27: Full proposals due

October: Final decisions made

Fall 2018 - Summer 2019: Planning period (see RFP)

Fall 2019: Funding begins

Webinar Information

An informational webinar was held on February 13, 2018, and featured a short presentation and audience questions about PhysTEC and the proposal process. You may view a video recording of the webinar (one hour) at this link.


Submissions for 2018 are now closed.