Association for Biology Laboratory Education

Roberta Williams Laboratory Teaching Initiative Grant

The ABLE Scholarship Committee has up to $2000 to fund development of investigative laboratory activities. The purpose of these grants is to encourage, support, and acknowledge developments in biology laboratory teaching at the university and college level.

The grants are intended to develop lab teaching material to benefit the home institution as well as the ABLE membership. Examples of activities that are “fundable” include, but are not limited to: designing new labs, improving existing labs, developing pedagogical techniques for teaching in a laboratory setting, or developing multi-media tools (including computer aided instruction). Highest priority will be given to proposals that are innovative and adaptable to being taught at other institutions. The grants are not for supporting normal laboratory activities of an instructor, such as revising a lab manual, reviewing literature, or repairing equipment; or for one-time only activities such as field trips, guest speakers, or multi-media rentals. Projects must be original work. If the proposal adapts existing material, clearly cite the source and describe how your project differs.

To be eligible, applicants must

  • Be affiliated with a 2- or 4-year post-secondary institution as faculty, staff, or graduate student;
  • Be currently teaching (including demonstrating labs) an undergraduate-level life science course; or, if on sabbatical, able to lab-test the proposed study within the given timeframe;
  • Be able to attend an ABLE conference within the next two years to present the project as an ABLE workshop;
  • Agree to submit a summary of the project with preliminary progress report for posting on the ABLE website.
  • Applicants need not be current ABLE members.

Deadlines and Details

Proposals are to be submitted no later than April 30. These proposals should be composed with minimum 10-point font, 1-inch margins, and with Arial or Times New Roman font. They must include:

  • A 200-word summary
  • A detailed outline of the proposed project including:
    • purpose
    • topic
    • goals for student assessment
    • an explanation of how the project will be sustained after the termination of ABLE funding
    • an explanation of how the proposal clearly reflects current safety standards and animal use protocols.
  • A budget with justification. Be explicit about what aspects of the lab will be developed and tested with the funds. Budget items can include equipment and supplies necessary to complete the project. Items that are needed to implement the lab with multi-sections or multi-semesters of students are not funded; neither are standard laboratory equipment and supplies, salaries, or indirect costs. The outline and the budget should not exceed 5 pages.
  • Your current CV
  • A letter of support from your department chair.

Applicants should complete the Laboratory Teaching Initiative Grants submission form below, including all required documents. For questions or further information, contact the chair of the Grants-in-Aid committee.

Recipients will be selected and notified by July 1. Lists of past winners are available here.