PhysTEC Request for Proposals: Recruiting Grants

The deadline for PhysTEC proposal submission has now passed and submissions are no longer being accepted.

The Physics Teacher Education Coalition (PhysTEC) is now reviewing 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).

The NSF-style budget format (referred to in the RFP) may be viewed 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 on Recruiting Grants

Watch our webinar for an overview of the Recruiting Grant application process, plus tips and strategies for writing competitive proposals, or download the slides (1.5 MB PDF).

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.

Full proposals due: September 27, 2019
Awards announced: December 2019
Planning period (see RFP): Spring 2020
Funding begins: July 1, 2020