Program Status: Closed
Program type(s): Competition, Team Challenge,


NC Space Grant awards funding to undergraduate/graduate teams to help them participate in national competitions either sponsored or sanctioned by NASA or another STEM-related organization (NASA Student Launch Initiative, NASA Robotic Mining, NASA Human Robotics Competition, Shell Eco-Challenge, AUVSI Competition, etc.). 

The UNC Charlotte 49er Miner Robotics Team present their robotic mining machine at the 2019 NC Space Symposium.
The UNC Charlotte 49er Miner Robotics Team at the 2019 NC Space Symposium


Competitions should be in the fields of engineering, science, technology and/or mathematics (STEM), and complement the academic studies of the team members. Competitions must provide students with a hands-on experiential learning opportunities related to one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates.

NASA Mission Directorates include:

Award Level

A team may apply for only one award. However, the same college or university may apply for multiple awards as long as funds are used for different challenges or competitions. The period of performance for this project is November 15, 2019 to May 15, 2020 (approximately 6 months). Note: The period of performance end date is aligned with NC Space Grant NASA funding. Since this is the final year of our NASA grant, no-cost extensions will NOT be allowed for any awardee. Teams may complete after the end of the award period of performance but all funds MUST be spent in advance of May 15, 2020.

Award announcements will be made by November 1, 2019. Projects selected for funding will receive a sub-award through the PI institution’s Office of Sponsored Research.

How to Apply

Proposal Guidelines

All proposals must include the following information in the order noted below. Proposals not meeting these requirements may not be considered:

Project Content (not to exceed 6 pages)

  1. Summary of the team competition (provide web link);
  2. Description of the team project being competed and its alignment to a NASA Mission Directorate; NASA Mission Directorates include:
    1. Aeronautics Research
    1. Human Exploration and Operations
    1. Science
    1. Space Technology
  3. Summary of team’s past participation in the competition (placement, lessons learned)  
  4. Outreach plan (not required but teams that include an outreach component to pre-college and public audiences will be more favorably reviewed)
  5. Project timeline (goals, deadlines, requirements and competition dates)
  6. Summary of team composition that includes:  number of students, student majors and team roles and responsibilities. 

Additional Required Content (no page limit unless otherwise noted):

Eligibility Requirements

Awardee Expectations

The collection and submission of student data is a requirement of the NASA Office of STEM Engagement in order for NC Space Grant to receive annual funding.  As a result, all NC Space Grant funded projects must complete a final report that includes student participant data (names, dates of birth, gender, ethnicity, address, and field of study, etc.) shall be reported.  To protect Personally Identifiable Information (PII), NC Space Grant utilizes reporting systems that are FERPA compliant and meet or exceed the United States Department of Education Privacy Technical Assistance Center and the Student Privacy Policy Office data security recommendations.

Full Request for Proposal (PDF)

2019 – 2020 NC Space Grant Team Experience Competition Award RFP


For questions related to this solicitation, please contact Sandy Canfield at (919) 515-5943 or