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Sigma Xi Multi-Chapter Granting Program

Application Deadline: March 1 Annually

Funding/Activity Cycle: July 1 through June 30 Annually, following the March 1 application deadline

Guidelines
Chapters are both the backbone of Sigma Xi and its "hearth and home" for so many members around the world. Recognizing this, the Society encourages collaborative activities between chapters which further its mission: "To enhance the health of the research enterprise, foster integrity in science and engineering, and promote the public's understanding of science for the purpose of improving the human condition."

The Multi-Chapter Granting Program funds qualifying collaborations at a maximum of $1,000 annually for a two-year activity run ($2,000 total per collaboration). Up to five new distinct multi-chapter initiatives will be funded each year, based on their comparative merits (see Selection Criteria below). Chapters in good standing from all Constituencies and Regions are invited to participate. Chapters need not have geographical proximity to one another to qualify for funding, and collaborative activities may be "real" or "virtual" (i.e., Internet-based). The Program guidelines are intended to be sufficiently broad and flexible to spur a wide range of proposed activities which would qualify for a grant.

In considering applications, the evaluation process will look for collaborations which meet the following criteria:

  • Benefit the Society as a whole;
  • Contribute to chaptersí overall health and vitality;
  • Provide enhanced value to chaptersí new and existing members;
  • Demonstrate innovation;
  • Carry additional funding beyond what Sigma Xi might award (Note: Matching funds are not required);
  • Incorporate sustainability measures to ensure the collaborationís activities continue beyond the two years of Multi-Chapter Grant funding.

A follow-up report will be required of all grant winners at the end of each funding phase, and those chapters which complete their reports on time will be eligible for an annual Sigma Xi Chapter Program Award.

Priority will be given to collaborations that align with one or more of the following mission-driven themes and program areas:

  • Develop the science and engineering workforce from career selection through career growth and advancement;
  • Promote diversity among the ranks of scientists and engineers;
  • Promote the ethical practice of scientific and engineering research;
  • Promote international cooperation in the research sector;
  • Enhance the public understanding of science, engineering and technology;
  • Contribute to civic discourse at the intersection of science and society by engaging Sigma Xi members in such discourse.

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