PhysTEC Request for Proposals: Recruiting Grants

Deadline: September 27, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. ET

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is now accepting proposals for Recruiting Grants. PhysTEC Recruiting Grants help physics teacher training programs increase their recruitment, retention, and graduation rates to combat the national shortage of high school physics teachers.

PhysTEC expects to award Recruiting Grants to up to five new sites. Awardees will receive $25,000 to implement a two-year improvement plan that focuses on implementing some of the best practices found in the PTEPA Rubric. Funding is set to begin on July 1, 2020.

Read the full RFP and submission instructions here (PDF).

Please note that only proposals from PhysTEC member institutions are eligible for consideration. Not yet a member? Join for free.

About PhysTEC Grants

Did you know that only one in three U.S. high school physics teachers has a degree in physics or physics education? The deficit of qualified teachers in physics is more severe than in any other discipline.

To date, PhysTEC has provided funding to more than 40 postsecondary institutions across the United States, enabling them to inspire and educate greater numbers of highly qualified physics teachers through both Comprehensive Grants and Recruiting Grants.

Informational Webinar

In this optional webinar, Monica Plisch and David May of PhysTEC will provide tips and strategies for writing competitive proposals. The webinar will review the application process for Recruiting Grants and provide an opportunity for questions to be answered.

More information regarding this webinar to come.

Important Dates:

If you intend to submit a proposal, we request (but do not require) that you email David May at of your intent by September 1.

PTEPA Webinar: May 6
Informational Webinar: June (TBA)
Full proposals due: September 27, 2019
Awards announced: December 2019
Planning period (see RFP): Spring 2020
Funding begins: July 1, 2020