19 March 2024

Notice of Upcoming Request for Proposals: TEAM-UP Together Departmental Program

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The TEAM-UP Together Departmental Program will offer grant funding, professional development, and engagement opportunities to support college and university physics and astronomy departments’ programmatic and systemic efforts to improve the educational experiences of and successful outcomes for African American undergraduate students in these fields.


Physics and astronomy departments from two- and/or four-year accredited colleges and universities in the United States will be eligible to apply. Departments will be invited to submit proposals that address key success factors (Belonging, Physics Identity, Academic Support, Personal Support, and Leadership & Structures) identified in the TEAM-UP Report to increase the number of African American students earning bachelor’s degrees in physics and astronomy.

Departments will be encouraged to submit a letter of intent to apply. Full proposals will include a project narrative, a list of key personnel, a project budget, and a letter of commitment detailing institutional support.

All letters of intent and proposals will be submitted via email. Submission instructions and specific details regarding required content will be outlined in the request for proposals.

Key Dates

Estimated RFP release date

27 March 2024


18 April 2024

Letters of intent due

25 April 2024

Proposals due

31 May 2024

Notice of awards

23 August 2024

Funds distributed

1 November 2024

The application details and dates in this announcement are estimates and subject to change; TEAM-UP Together is not bound by any of these estimates. 

To learn more visit www.TEAMUPTogether.org or contact [email protected].


TEAM-UP Together is a collective action initiative led by the American Institute of PhysicsAmerican Association of Physics TeachersAmerican Astronomical SocietyAmerican Physical Society, and the Society of Physics Students to address the disproportionate underrepresentation of African American undergraduate students in physics and astronomy. This effort aims to provide financial support to African American students and to support the scientific community in doubling the number of African American students earning physics and astronomy bachelor’s degrees annually by 2030. The program is funded by a $12.5 million grant from the Simons Foundation and Simons Foundation International. To learn more, check out teamuptogether.org.

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