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.).
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.
NC Space Grant anticipates supporting 6-8 team competition grants of up to $5,000 (based on available funding).
Funds can be used to purchase supplies and materials to support the team project, and/or cover registration and travel expenses.
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
Proposals shall be received by 11:59 EST on October 15, 2019.
Submissions must be signed by your university’s Office of Sponsored Research.
Proposals should be one-sided, single-spaced on standard 8 ½ x 11 paper, no smaller than 12 point font and with no less than one inch margins throughout. Text restrictions are inclusive of all illustrations, tables, charts, exhibits, etc. All pages must be numbered sequentially.
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)
Summary of the team competition (provide web link);
Description of the team project being competed and its alignment to a NASA Mission Directorate; NASA Mission Directorates include:
Summary of team’s past participation in the competition (placement, lessons learned)
Outreach plan (not required but teams that include an outreach component to pre-college and public audiences will be more favorably reviewed)
Project timeline (goals, deadlines, requirements and competition dates)
Summary of team composition that includes: number of students, student majors and team roles and responsibilities.
Additional Required Content (no page limit unless
Vitae of the Faculty PI/Advisor (2 pages max);
of support from the Department Chair/Head that outlines the importance of the
proposed project to the department and the direction of the university.
and budget narrative with request not to exceed $5,000. A one to one cost-match is required (use
budget template in Appendix A).
Note: NASA training grant funds
cannot be used to purchase equipment. NC Space Grant does not allow facilities
and administrative costs. Unrecovered facilities and administrative costs may
be used for required cost-matching.
Proposals will be accepted from
student teams at accredited higher education institutions within the state of
members must be enrolled in an academic degree program.
competition must occur during the 2019-2020 academic year or summer 2020.
note: Some competitions require that team members be full-time students and/or
U.S. citizens. Applicants should review all competition or program requirements
and make sure the entire team is eligible to participate before submitting this
Work with the North Carolina Space Grant communications team to develop and implement a plan to share progress and experiences, including but not exclusively on social media, in print, and on the North Carolina Space Grant website.
Make activity and results public via social media during and after their projects, using accessible social media accounts and consistent hashtags.
NCSG should be given credit for sponsoring the activity in all printed materials (logo, social media, etc).
Recommended participation at the NC Space Grant Space Symposium, April 3-4, 2020 at the Stateview Hotel on NC State’s Centennial Campus (details coming soon)
A final report about the team project and student participant demographics is required (electronic). Reports are due no more than 30 days after completion of the period of performance on May 15, 2020, such that reports are due no later than June 15, 2020. Please note that some competition dates will take place after the grant period of performance. In those cases, teams MUST submit an amendment to reports following completion of competition.
Space Grant is required by NASA
to keep in touch with all awardees of significant programs at least until they
receive their first job after receiving their highest degree. If you receive
support through this program, expect to keep in touch with NC Space Grant for
some time after the completion of your project (minimum info we’ll need is an
updated e-mail address so we can contact you if required).