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AAAS Academy Research Grants
Each year AAAS makes funds available to forty-seven affiliated academies of science for use in promoting student research. Research funds are awarded on a selective basis to academies for projects that encourage secondary school students to conduct research. The AAAS Education and Human Resources Programs administer the awards.
AAAS formally established these research grants in 1935. Originally, the Association remitted $50 or a sum computed at fifty cents per academy member who was also a member of AAAS, whichever amount was greater, to be administered by each academy. The Committee on AAAS Grants and the Association's Board of Directors recommended that these grants be made to high school and college students whenever feasible. By the late 1970s, the Association deemed that the grants should be given solely to secondary school students to explore scientific research.