PRX’s STEM Story Project 2.0

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It’s baaack! PRX is excited to announce version 2.0 of our STEM Story Project!

In partnership with the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, PRX will be holding another open call for radio stories inspired by STEM topics: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. We have a pool of $50,000 to distribute among multiple projects.

Last year, PRX funded 16 open call stories about STEM, with topics spanning forensics, poison, human echolocation, DIY spacesuits, and more. They aired on national shows and stations throughout the country.

Our prime directive (as Spock would say) is to:

• Unleash highly creative, STEM-based original stories and productions
• Educate and excite listeners about STEM topics and issues
• Tell stories and explain STEM issues in new ways

Have an idea for a story? Applications are open May 5, 2014. The guidelines and application are here. The DEADLINE for applications is May 27, 2014 at 11:59PM ET.

We held a webinar to answer questions on April 30. Here’s a recording.

Comment below or email your questions to stem@prx.org. But please read the application guidelines first.

Follow #PRXSTEM on Twitter for all the latest.

Thank you!

John Barth
Genevieve Sponsler
Lily Bui

The PRX STEM Story Project Team

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FAQ

What is PRXSTEM?

PRXSTEM is an open call for public radio stories about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). Last year, PRX funded 16 open call stories with topics spanning forensics, poison, human echolocation, DIY spacesuits, and more. They aired on national shows and stations throughout the country.

Our goal is to:

• Unleash highly creative, STEM-based original stories and productions
• Educate and excite listeners about STEM topics and issues
• Tell stories and explain STEM issues in new ways

ELIGIBILITY

Who can apply for PRXSTEM?
We welcome any producers or writers with audio production experience to apply.

What if I don’t have audio production experience but want to submit a story?
We recommend that you either work with an audio producer to come up with a story proposal and to provide audio samples.

If I already received a grant last year, can I apply again this year?
Yes.

If I applied last year and didn’t get a grant, can I apply again?
Yes, but you must apply with a different story than the one you submitted last year.

THE APPLICATION

What do I need to include in my application?
We’re looking for a proposal of your story idea, two audio samples of your previous work, a proposed budget. See the application form here.

How long should my proposed audio story be?
We generally ask that the pieces be under 10 minutes. Shorter pieces tend to be more shareable and are licensed more often. Last year, the pieces ranged from 5 minutes to 11 minutes long.

How will proposals be chosen?
We will work with a team of science advisors to select proposals that best fit the project’s goals.

BUDGETS

What should I include in my budget?
Producer fees, engineering fees, travel expenses, and editor fees. If your proposal is chosen, we will contact you and work on your budget with you. See the application form here for detail.

PRODUCTION

Will you be giving me any guidance during the production process?
PRX requires at least one mandatory check-in during the production period to go over initial script drafts.

POST-PRODUCTION

What happens after the stories are done?
PRX will work with you to get the pieces licensed to different stations within our network as well as placed on blogs + other digital platforms.

DEADLINES

When is the deadline for the proposal and for production?
The proposal deadline is 5/27 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Final drafts of produced pieces will be due by August 18.