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Apply for a Pilot Grant to Connect Indigenous and Western Knowledge

Application deadline: September 25, 2017


The National Center for Science and Civic Engagement (NCSCE) at Stony Brook University recently received a grant, Transcending Barriers to Success: Connecting Indigenous and Western Knowledge, to establish and advance robust partnerships between indigenous peoples and local formal and informal educators to improve educational outcomes for all students, promote cultural understanding, and foster long-term collaborations on issues of common concern. The project will extend the successful Hawai’i SENCER State strategy to Alaska and four state pilots. Local environmental and health issues will provide context for inquiry-based learning that transcends perceived conflicts between indigenous, local, and western knowledge systems.



Applications for pilot projects will be accepted from accredited colleges and universities, as well as informal education venues, in WA, OR, CA, ID, NV, MT, WY, UT, AZ, NM, CO, KS, OK, TX, LA, and MS. Two of the four awards will be designated for teams from tribal colleges or universities.


Project Pilot Goals and Funding

Funding for pilot projects is intended to support the development of mutually beneficial relationships that will last beyond the project period and support student success and healthy environments and communities. Pilot teams are expected to modify at least one course using one of the following themes: (1) conservation and cultural perpetuation, (2) water, or (3) food and health.

Recipients of Pilot Project awards will receive a total of $6,000 for course modification in years 2 and 3. Additional funds are reserved from the main grant to NCSCE for travel to the launch meeting in year 1, the capstone meeting in year 3, and project dissemination opportunities in year 2.


Learn More and Apply

Please visit this page ( to read the full announcement and view/download the application questions. You can access the online application here.


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