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Earth & Space Project-Based Professional Learning Community

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About the Program

The National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE Network) is pleased to offer a funded opportunity to participate in a project-based professional learning community focused on making Earth & Space science relevant and inclusive for your community. In collaboration with NASA, the NISE Network is making this new professional development opportunity available to 100 eligible NISE Network partner organizations within the United States to support their efforts in making Earth & Space science relevant and inclusive and to promote a more equitable STEM future for their communities.

Each successful organization will receive $2,000 in funding to participate in the program’s professional development activities and develop a project that aligns with your organization’s mission and to increase relevancy and inclusion for Earth & Space science. 

How to Apply

  • Deadline: Applications are due August 1, 2021
  • Online submission: To be considered for this funded opportunity you must fill out the online application completely using the Alchemer (formerly SurveyGizmo) online application form: 
  • Overview: The application overview includes application instructions, eligibility requirements, a detailed timeline and project expectations. Please read the overview and preview the application before applying:
  • Preview the application: (Preview versions are just for reference, application must be filled out online)
    Please note that it is NOT possible to save your work in the Alchemer online application and return for additional edits. Applications left idle for too long will go blank when you progress to the next screen. Please plan to complete the online application in one session. You may want to write your responses in a Word doc, save, and then cut and paste that information into this application. You may download preview versions of the application here: 


This funded opportunity is open to museum professionals who are currently employed by an eligible organization. Eligible organizations are existing NISE Network partners who have previously received at least one Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit (2017-2020). If you are not sure if your organization has received an Explore Science: Earth & Space toolkit, please see the list of toolkit recipients on the NISE Network Partner Organizations page or contact your regional hub leader. Proposed projects must focus on NASA Earth & Space science and include plans to make Earth & Space science more relevant and inclusive for your community.

Please refer to the application overview for a complete list of organization and project eligibility requirements.

Program Requirements

If you are selected to participate in the Earth & Space project-based professional learning community, you are expected to take part in the following activities between October 2021 and April 2022: (please refer to the application overview for a detailed timeline of project requirements)

  • Attend a Plenary Kickoff Meeting (online) that will be held on October 26, 2021 from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM Eastern; 
  • Receive $2,000 in funding, payable to your institution to develop a project designed to increase relevancy and inclusion for Earth and/or space science;
  • Attend a series of five, 90-minute online planning sessions between November 2021 - March 2022 (one planning session per month). Four identical sessions will be offered each month on different days of the week to accommodate schedules. Successful applicants will choose which day works best and attend this session each month;
  • Attend an in-person culminating meeting (if health and safety allows) in Tempe, Arizona April 19-22, 2022. Hotel, flight and all group meal expenses will be covered;
  • Submit an online report describing your project and your experience in the Earth & Space project-based professional learning community. The NISE Network will provide a template for this report. 

Please note: these online planning sessions require participants to have access to and use of Zoom and Google Classroom online collaboration tools. If you anticipate this being a barrier to participating (organizational firewalls etc.,) please contact your regional hub leader for options. 


After reading the overview information, if you have any questions about whether your organization or your proposed project meets the eligibility requirements and award criteria, please contact your regional hub leader. 


This material is based upon work supported by NASA under cooperative agreement award numbers NNX16AC67A and 80NSSC18M0061. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

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