NASW’s PIO Committee seeks proposals from NASW members interested in hosting, planning, organizing and conducting a regional workshop focused on professional development and networking for early-career PIOs, journalists transitioning to PIO roles, and for generalist PIOs seeking more training in science communication. 

The PIO Committee was recently budgeted $7,500 as seed money for a workshop to be held before June 30, 2020*, preferably in a location not near a recent or future ScienceWriters conference site (Northern California in 2017; Washington, D.C., in 2018; Western Pennsylvania in 2019; Eastern Colorado in 2020; or Washington State in 2021) or a previous regional workshop (Upper Midwest in 2014 and Pacific Northwest in 2017). 

Proposals will be judged on a number of criteria, including: the need of the area for such a workshop; the capacity of the area’s PIO population to ensure adequate attendance; the demonstrated ability of the proposers to plan, organize and successfully carry out the event; and, a rough proposed program agenda.

NASW is committed to the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We are especially interested in projects led by and/or that serve underrepresented audiences and groups. In addition, any funded projects that solicit multiple voices, whether in the form of panels, events, writing compilations, etc. will be expected to showcase a broad diversity of voices from varied perspectives and backgrounds, including but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, physical ability, nationality, age, socioeconomic  status, and belief. The best proposals will outline plans for diversity, equity, and inclusion in project development, execution, and outreach.

Once a proposal and region have been selected, the PIO Committee will work closely with the host group to achieve a successful workshop. It will be contingent upon the host group to secure any additional funding as needed but the seed money awarded can be used to cover initial planning and organizing, site selection and acquisition, and acquiring sponsorships/raising additional funds.

The 2017 regional workshop hosts created a resource to assist future workshop endeavors. The PIO Committee encourages potential proposers to leverage this valuable information and study the success of that event as they plan their submission.

Applications must be submitted by Dec. 15, 2019.

For more information, contact either of the PIO Committee co-chairs, Kelly Tyrrell ( or Michael Newman (

*If you cannot conduct a workshop by June 30, 2020, but would still like to host a workshop in 2020, please apply anyway and indicate this in your application.

National Association of Science Writers