Science Writers Association Invites Proposals for Peggy Girshman Idea Grants

Jill Adams
President of NASW

The National Association of Science Writers (NASW), a community including journalists, authors, editors, producers and public information officers, who write and produce materials to inform the public about science, health, engineering and technology, is inviting proposals from individuals or groups for a new round of the Peggy Girshman Idea Grants which support projects and programmes that will help science writers in their professional lives and/or benefit the field of science writing.

The awards prioritize applicants who propose novel projects, events, or resources that the NASW grants programme has not supported in the past.

In keeping with NASW’s mission, projects should be accessible to all U.S.-based science writers. The committee would like to see projects that will have a wide impact on the field, and applicants who carefully consider how funded work will be sustained beyond the award period.

Committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion, NASW is especially interested in projects led by and/or that serve underrepresented audiences and groups. Additionally, projects selected for funding that solicit multiple voices, whether in the form of panels, events, writing compilations, etc. will be expected to showcase a broad diversity of voices from varied perspectives and backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic status, and belief.

The best proposals should outline plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion in project development, execution, and outreach. Up to $15,000 is available to support projects and programmes.

The Peggy Girshman Idea Grants do not support individual works, such as underwriting a single investigative piece or book, but could, for instance, underwrite a study of the state of science writing in the United States, or a resource for science writers. All Idea Grant projects are organized independently of NASW, meaning NASW does not provide web services, event support, or other organizational resources to recipients.

The closing date for submission of proposals is February 21, 2022. Interested persons should create an account and submit their proposals online using the Submitable Form.

For further information and to submit a proposal, please visit: