Program Status: Closed


The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant) was established by Congress under Title II of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Authorization Act of 1988. Today the 52 Space Grant Consortia include over 1,000 affiliates from universities, colleges, industry, museums, science centers, and state and local government agencies.

North Carolina Space Grant (NC Space Grant) is a state-federal partnership with the NASA and institutions of higher education across the State of North Carolina that promote, develop, and support aeronautics and space-related science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education and training. These institutions work together to expand opportunities for Americans to understand and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space projects by supporting and enhancing STEM education, research and public outreach efforts.

NC Space Grant has been administered at NC State University since 1991 and has provided consistent leadership in strengthening connections with NASA’s research, technology and science missions. The program’s mission is to promote, develop, and support STEM education and workforce development opportunities for students and faculty across North Carolina. Our network of colleges and universities includes the 17 University of North Carolina System campuses, private universities and colleges, and the entire N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) with its 58 community colleges across the state. NC Space Grant has actively engaged the state’s HBCUs and MSIs, and shall continue to grow and strengthen our programs with these institutions to increase engagement of diverse student populations.

Programs are conducted in areas of fellowships, scholarships, education, research, and public service to promote, develop and support aeronautics and space-related science, engineering and technology training and programs. A common focus is to involve women, underrepresented minorities and persons with disabilities, and to reach more citizens of North Carolina.


The National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program champions diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) by recruiting, retaining and preparing a diverse workforce, and proactively engaging and serving diverse populations. NC Space Grant is committed to building inclusive research, education, and public outreach programs that serve people with unique backgrounds, circumstances, needs, perspectives and ways of thinking.

In an effort to increase engagement of diverse faculty and student populations, the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) Collaborative Research Program will support interdisciplinary faculty-student research in North Carolina in collaboration with a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) center and/or other higher education institutions and partners. Awards will be granted to faculty to support efforts such as student research, seminars or workshops on topics of mutual interest, and/or travel to NASA centers to explore joint collaborative research opportunities. Successful proposals will involve reciprocal partnerships with faculty and one or more NASA centers/other higher education institutions; increased accessibility to student researchers; the potential to build or strengthen interdisciplinary research partnerships.

Recognizing that some students and faculty have historically been under-served and underrepresented within research, education, and public outreach programs, and that some students and faculty are underrepresented in STEM, NC Space Grant encourages submissions by and/or through collaborative partnerships with one or more of the following:

Award Level

NC Space Grant will award up to 4 grants at $20,000 each. The period of performance is 9 months (August 1, 2019 – May 1, 2020). Proposing faculty are required to provide 50% cost-matching (0.5:1) using non-federal funds. In other words, if $20,000 is requested from NC Space Grant then $10,000 must be provided as match. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, or overhead) costs are not allowed. Even though indirect costs may not be charged, they may be included as un-recovered IDC costs as part of the match requirement.

How to Apply

Proposal Submissions Due: Friday, June 14, 2019 (5:00 PM, EST)

Anticipated Award Announcement Date: July 19, 2019

Eligibility Requirements

This solicitation is open to faculty members from any 2- or 4-year accredited college or in the State of North Carolina. Awardees must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator (PI) at their respective institution and be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents, foreign nationals and resident aliens may apply for funding but with budget restrictions (see RFP Section 4.F. Budget and Budget Narrative). 

PIs from HBCUs and MSIs are strongly encouraged to apply. Submission is limited to one proposal per lead Principal Investigator (PI).

Any student(s) supported with award funds must be a U.S. citizen(s). NC Space Grant encourages PIs to recruit and engage with students from under-served and underrepresented groups, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from economically or educationally disadvantaged backgrounds interested in pursuing a career in STEM.

NC Space Grant encourages applicants of all ages, races, ethnicities, national origins, gender identities, sexual orientations, disabilities, cultures, religions, marital statuses, and income and socioeconomic status types to apply for this competitive research opportunity. NC Space Grant strongly encourages proposals from females and underrepresented minority groups.

* Link to a list of US Department of Education Accredited Post-Secondary Minority Institutions:

Request for Proposal

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Jobi Cook, Associate Director,, (919) 515-5933