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Section NExT Funding Guidelines

Section NExTs are encouraged to find funding to support their activities from whatever sources are appropriate in their region. In addition, the current grant to the MAA for Project NExT from the ExxonMobil Foundation contains funds to help Sections with Project NExT-like programs. These Funds from the National NExT may be used for start-up activities (maximum award $3000) or to continue successful Section NExT programs while the Section seeks long-term funding (maximum award $5000 less any amount previously awarded for start-up funds).

All requests for funding are acceptable in paper or electronic form, though the latter is generally preferred. Any electronic submission must be in plain text or PDF format, however.

start-up funds

Since the MAA Sections are diverse, we expect the programs developed in the Sections to differ. As we expect the objectives of all Section NExT projects to include those of mentoring newer faculty in the section and integrating them into the Section and its activities, however, we do expect all such projects will include the following features:

  1. The project will become a regular, long-term program of the Section.
  2. There will be an electronic network established to link the beginning faculty and provide support and resource information.
  3. There will be some project activities that will take place before or after the MAA Section meeting.
  4. National NExT fellows and the Section leadership will be involved in the formation of the project and in its activities.

If you wish to receive start-up funds to establish a NExT-like program within your Section, write a letter to Gavin LaRose (at the address given below) that contains the following information:

  1. When you plan to begin the program activities.
  2. Who is serving as coordinator of the Section Project NExT activity.
  3. What program components are part of your Section NExT.
  4. How participants will be recruited and selected, and how many participants the program expects to serve.
  5. Your plans for assessment of the Section NExT's effectiveness.
  6. Your anticipated budget (please note any cost-sharing from the Section or the Fellows' institutions; also include an indication of approval by your Section's Treasurer) and the specific funding request. (The maximum start-up award is $3000 per Section.)
Please include the name and address of the Section Treasurer. If the proposal is approved, the Treasurer will get a letter from MAA regarding how payments will be handled and what records must be kept.

Address for questions or funding requests:
P. Gavin LaRose
Department of Mathematics
The University of Michigan
East Hall, 530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043
Ph. 734 764 6454
Fx. 734 763 0937
Em. <glarose(at)umich(dot)edu>

continuation funds

Sections that have established and viable NExT-like programs may request continued funding from the national program, while they seek long-term funding elsewhere. The maximum continuation award that a Section may request depends on how much the Section received in start-up funds; no Section may receive more than $5000 from the national program in start- up and continuation funds combined.

To apply for continuation funds, send a letter to to Gavin LaRose (at the address given below) that contains the following information:

  1. When your Section NExT was established and how many "classes" of Section Fellows have participated in the program.
  2. What activities constitute the program cycle for your Section NExT. Include copies of workshop programs.
  3. How many national and Section NExT Fellows have participated in the Section NExT program. (Include names and affiliations if possible.)
  4. Evidence of the continuing viability of your Section NExT (e.g., the number of participants, the number of Section Fellows who continue to attend Section meetings after being Section NExT Fellows, evaluation of Section NExT activities, etc.).
  5. If you received start-up funds from the national NExT program, a general explanation of how those funds were used (e.g., how much went for travel and honoraria, meals, photocopying, etc.). Also include an explanation of any other sources of funding that have supported the Section NExT program (e.g., Section funds or cost-sharing from Fellows' institutions, etc.).
  6. A budget for the requested continuation funds, including information about how the funds will be spent and what cost-sharing there will be to extend them.
  7. A longer-term plan for how the Section NExT will be continued. Include information about how the attraction and selection of participants will continue or be developed, any changes that you anticipate in your Section NExT program cycle, and what plans you have for making the Section NExT a permanent component of your Section.
Please include the name and address of the Section Treasurer. If the proposal is approved, the Treasurer will get a letter from MAA regarding how the payments will be handled and what records must be kept.

Address for questions or funding requests:
P. Gavin LaRose
Department of Mathematics
The University of Michigan
East Hall, 530 Church St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043
Ph. 734 764 6454
Fx. 734 763 0937
Em. <glarose(at)umich(dot)edu>

Section NExT Funding
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