Science Education & Outreach Grant


 The Athey Science Education and Outreach grant pays for the development and/or distribution of science education materials, supplies, or programming to serve elementary and secondary schools in Kentucky.  Grants may also be used to develop “tool-kits” of materials and activities that would be available to schools or teachers for science education and outreach.
 In addition to our grantees’ activities in developing, distributing and using materials for science education, KAS will host these materials and resources online and make them freely available to teachers in Kentucky as practicable. Applicants may be students, professionals, or teachers, and must be members of the Kentucky Academy of Science. Awards will be made up to $2500.
Allowable costs (See full Application details below)
Materials & supplies used in teaching activities
Travel to schools or other destinations where materials are used, including travel, lodging, and meal expenses where necessary
Postage or shipping costs
Small equipment
Personnel support
Event registration

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions for all KAS Grants.

2024 Grantee
Tactile and spatial learning with anatomical heart models at Heartwheels! STEM Mobile Outreach events     Dr. Gretel Monreal and Dr. Steven Koenig, University of Louisville

2023- No grant in this category

2022 Grantee:

Kentucky Giant Maps
    Dr. Jill Brown, Western Kentucky University

2021 Grantee:
Eastern Kentucky Light at Night Education Project
    James Kevin Adkins, Morehead State University

2020 Grantees:
Neuroscience Education Programs for K-12 Students in Eastern Kentucky
    Ilsun White, Morehead State University
From Paper to Sky: Elementary Astronomy Toolkit,
    Jing Wang, Eastern Kentucky University

2019 Grantees:
Waldron Shale Project
    Kate Bulinski, Bellarmine University
Neuro-NORSE (Neuroscience Outreach Resources for Secondary Education)
    Christine Curran, Northern Kentucky University

  Archive of KAS Research Grant past recipients 2006-2021

Contents of Proposal
Abstract (250 words)
Brief description of proposed project (1000 words). Descriptions should include:
  • Role of student(s) in research
  • Expected time-table
Letter  of support from the appropriate Department Chair or College Dean - uploaded as attachment
Project Budget - uploaded as attachment. The budget should  include the following categories:
  • personnel support specified for faculty or scientist , not to exceed 1/3 of the requested funds,
  • separately, personnel support specified for students, in accord with policies and amounts normally approved at the institution of the principal investigator(s)
  • equipment to be purchased in furtherance of the project
  • materials and supplies
  • in-state travel, where necessary to the project
Brief vita for faculty mentor, not to exceed two pages, listing most recent publications and grants.


Grant Period: The date shown on the award letter is considered the start date.  All awards end one year after the date indicated on the letter. Grant recipients must be members of the Kentucky Academy of Science.  All awards are made to the institution of the faculty supervisor/researcher. At the close of the grant period, any unspent funds must be returned to the Kentucky Academy of Science. KAS Grant funds do not provide support administrative overhead or other such costs not directly associated with the conduct of research. 

Final Report: A project for which an award has been made is not complete until a written final report has been submitted and approved.  This report shall detail objectives of the research as actually executed, general description of methods used, results obtained, and a summary of the disbursements made by budget categories listed in your proposal. The report should not exceed six pages, exclusive of papers submitted for publication and abstracts for meetings.

Three copies of the report shall be filed to the following KAS officers, not later than April 15 of the year following the award: KAS Executive Director (; the Chair of the Research Grants Committee, and the KAS Treasurer. Contacts for current Research Grants Chair and Treasurer are available at the KAS website. The approval of future applications by the student researcher or the faculty sponsor will not be granted if a complete final report is not on file.

All Applications will be evaluated based upon
  • Significance of the proposed project within academic discipline, justification for the project, innovation, advancing educational quality, and problem-based focus (30 points)
  • Feasibility of the project given available resources and major objective(s), methodology, plan of operation, timetable, expected products and results (30 points)
  • Qualifications of the faculty PI and any student(s) involved who will develop and carry out the project objectives (15 points)
  • Institutional support, equipment, and/or materials available to carry out the project objectives (15 points)
  • Budget and cost-effectiveness. Elements considered include the degree to which the project maximizes the use of limited resources and educational value of the dollar (10 points)