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Outstanding Laboratory School Award

Laboratory schools and university affiliated schools are the flagships of research, professional development, curriculum development, teacher training and educational experimentation. The Outstanding Laboratory School Award gives IALS member schools the opportunity to document and share their impressive work.

For consideration for this award, download Outstanding Lab Schools Award Criteria. Contact IALS for further information


Members of the International Association of Laboratory Schools are encouraged to submit proposals for project funding under the Mini-Grant Program. Grants of up to $2000 are available to fund projects that reflect the organization's mission.

Quantitative and qualitative projects in

• improvement of education,

• development, evaluation and refinement of educational innovations,

• curriculum development,

• clinical teaching experiences, and

• staff development,

are suggested areas for projects.

Each proposal is reviewed by members of the Mini-Grant Committee. All applicants are notified of their status prior to the Annual Conference.

If you have an innovative idea and need funds to implement it, seriously consider putting your thoughts in writing and submitting it to be considered for a mini-grant. The cover letter form, proposal form, and a description of the rubrics that the committee uses in scoring the proposals are included below. We?re looking forward to your submission.


Contact Jill Sarada, Chair Mini-Grant Committee at

Proposals are to be electronically submitted. Deadline is the first Friday of each February.

Please Note: All information regarding the mini grant is stored in in Adobe format.

IALS Mini Grant Samples pdf

IALS Woodworking Mini-Grant Proposal pdf

Mini Grant Cover Sheet 2015 pdf

Mini Grant Rubrics 2015 pdf

Mini Grant Guidelines 2015 pdf

The International Collaboration Grant

The International Collaboration Grant, founded by Arnold Lindaman, was established by the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) to assist school professionals seeking to develop collaborative programs with laboratory schools outside the United States. The Grant will provide up to $1,000 for expenses meeting the criteria outlined in the guidelines below. A committee made up of members of the IALS Board of Directors and an Endowment Board representative will award the grants. It is our goal to help these institutions establish strong international agendas. Since its inception in 2002, IALS has awarded funds to faculty involved with schools in countries including Japan and the Dominican Republic.  For more information, click the guidelines link below.

Lindaman Grant Guidelines 2012 pdf

Research Grant

Research is an essential part of our laboratory schools, and we recognize the challenges of conducting research while immersed in the actions of teaching and leading schools. That is why we are excited to offer a grant to support members of the IALS in their efforts to conduct research. IALS encourages collaboration among member schools who might share research interests and data collection. 


Members of the International Association of Laboratory Schools are encouraged to submit proposals by April 1, 2023 to Jill Sarada,  A grant of up to $1,500 is available. Grant money could help fund the use of substitutes, technology, and other needs. 


Each proposal is reviewed by members of the Grant Committee. All applicants are notified of their status prior to the Annual Conference.


The completed proposal will include:

  1. Cover Sheet:

    • Names and addresses of all investigators

    • Name/s and address/es of Laboratory School/s

    • Abstract of Project

  2. Description of project addressing the following questions:

    • What is the project’s question/goal?

    • What relevant literature was the impetus for this question/goal?

    • What is the design of the project?

    • In what context will the project be conducted?

    • What procedures will be used? What guidelines will be followed?

    • What data collection and analysis techniques will be used and/or How will the outcome of the project be assessed/evaluated?

    • What is the significance of the project?

    • How will the findings be disseminated?

  3. Description of the roles of each investigator and a detailed time line

  4. Description of collaboration with other laboratory schools (if relevant)

  5. Detailed budget including specific information about all items

  6. Description of possible external funding options

  7. Letter of support from the Lab School Director/s, Department Head or Dean


Review process: Each proposal will be reviewed by members of the IALS Mini-Grant Committee using a scale from 0-5 on each of the items listed above. Results are tabulated by the committee chairperson. All applicants are notified of their status by mail prior to the annual IALS Conference. Successful grantees are recognized at the IALS annual meeting.


For questions or further information please contact: Jill Sarada, Mini-Grant Chairperson University of Pittsburgh Falk Laboratory School 4060 Allequippa Street Pittsburgh, PA 15261 Phone: 412 624-8024 Fax: 412 624-1303

IALS Research Grant pdf 

The Brown and Friends Conference Travel Grant

As it becomes increasingly more difficult for institutions to provide funding for conference travel, the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) provides a grant to financially assist faculty / staff at a member school to attend an IALS annual conference. The grant will provide up to two $500 or one grant of $1,000 for expenses incurred for travel to an IALS conference.  Preference is given for those who have submitted a presentation proposal for the conference.  For more information, click the guidelines link below.

Brown And Friends Grant Guidelines 2012 pdf

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