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One Tweet, One Percent


The 1% Microgrant is intended to support 1% of a single investigator’s salary for a single year, approximately 20-30 hours, or an equivalent dollar amount to cover materials and other expenses for a project of roughly that duration. There are no hard restrictions on proposed use of the time (see Spirit Clause). Creative proposals aimed at supporting research, education, outreach, or professional development in STEM disciplines (including social and behavioral sciences, or interdisciplinary humanities/STEM projects) will be considered.

Spirit Clause:

This award is intended to provide protected time or resources for a small side project that would otherwise not be possible for an active scientist/educator. Ideally it will be self-contained and not a supplement to a large funded or ongoing project. Examples include but are not limited to: course development, an exploratory field trip, a single experiment, professional development (learning or teaching), or a special student session.

Budget and Number of Awards:

The award will cover 1% of an investigator’s effort, up to 30% fringe, and their institution’s negotiated rate for federal indirect (facilities and administration) charges. Salary awards are made at the National Institute of Health’s maximum (2018 rate: $187,000). Total award shall not in any case exceed $4,000. The number of awards will be determined in part by the number of meritorious applications, but shall not exceed three.

UPDATE: Due to overwhelming responses, the number of awards has been increased to 5, and the shortlist will be increased to 9.


This funding opportunity is open to any individual employed at a US-based tax-exempt institution of higher learning (colleges, universities, institutes, medical schools, or professional societies) who is permitted by their institution to apply for grants as a principal investigator. Investigators in any discipline are eligible to apply, but the project should contribute to research, outreach, education, and/or professional development in STEM disciplines, interdisciplinary STEM-humanities projects, and social and behavioral sciences. Preference may be given to investigators who have not received prior Mindlin Foundation awards.

Application Requirements:

Pre-applications should be made via Twitter. At approximately 9 am EDT on 1 August 2017, @MindlinFndtn will post an announcement tweet. Proposals should be a single reply to that tweet. The tweet should contain a brief description of the proposal and the hashtag (not exceeding 10 characters in length) which will be provided in the announcement tweet. Be CREATIVE! @MindlinFndtn will tweet again on the morning of 2 August 2017 at least 24 hours after the opening tweet announcing closure of the pre-application period.

Tweets received outside the designated time frame will not be considered. Only one tweet per proposal and one proposal per investigator will be considered. Tweets will only be considered from accounts with profiles including a real name and a verifiable link to an eligible institution’s webpage identifying them as an employee (e.g., a lab website or research page). While there are no restrictions on tweet content or structure, links to media such as videos or images with large amounts of text will not be reviewed.

Up to five applicant tweets will be selected to have their authors submit short full proposals. Applicants must either follow @MindlinFndtn or accept open direct messages to be informed in the event they are selected for a full proposal. A full proposal shall consist of a single page, not exceeding 500 words, describing the proposed activity justifying its expected time commitment, educational or academic impact, and total requested budget. All full proposals must include the tax-exempt identification number of the institution to receive the award. Combine this one-page proposal with a current CV and a letter of support from your institution into a single PDF, and email it to by midnight EDT on 3 Nov 2017.