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Here are some of the latest updates on NASA opportunities for the Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team.
- Check out Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS)! EONS is an omnibus announcement that includes a range of NASA STEM Engagement opportunities for science and technology research and education. Specific opportunities with individual requirements will be added periodically throughout the year as appendices to this solicitation as funds are made available for new awards. Bookmark the EONS Grant Forecasting page to view opportunities throughout the year. Current appendices include:
- NASA MUREP Curriculum Awards (MCA) is open! NASA MUREP solicits proposals from 2-year and 4-year MSIs for the MUREP Curriculum Awards (MCA). The purpose of the new MCA activity is to strengthen the research capacity of MSIs and enable students’ capacity for research in areas of priority to NASA Mission Directorates, while engaging diverse students in authentic learning experiences through curriculum improvement and development, and culturally relevant and responsive teaching, learning and support. For general inquiries, please contact: MCA@nasaprs.com.
- Proposals are due on May 1 at 5:00 pm ET
- Award amount: Maximum of $400k/year for 3 years, with possible 4th year of funding
- Visit the MCA website for recordings, FAQs, and to register for the next preproposal webinar scheduled for April 6 at 4:00 pm ET
- Find Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2023! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due date(s) and topic(s). From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by research) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Visit the SARA ROSES blog for updates, clarifications and amendments. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities that are open and forthcoming:
- A.39 Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science
- B.15 Heliophysics Innovation in Technology and Science
- C.16 Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples
- D.2 Astrophysics Data Analysis
- E.6 Fundamental Physics
- F.3 Exoplanets Research
- Calling MSI teams for the Moon to Mars eXploration Systems and Habitation Academic Innovation (M2M X-Hab) Challenge! NASA, in collaboration with the National Space Grant Foundation, is challenging university teams to develop innovative design ideas related to space habitats and deep space exploration missions. Challenge teams take part in real world, hands-on design, research and development opportunities. Select teams will receive $20,000 to $50,000 awards to design and produce studies or functional products that bridge strategic knowledge gaps, increase capabilities and lower technology risks related to NASA’s Moon to Mars space exploration missions. Awardees will follow a tailored systems-engineering process with projects to be completed in the May 2024 time frame. Proposals are due on April 28. Click here for full challenge details.
- Interested in developing your first flight mission proposal but have no idea where to start? The 2023 PI Launchpad Workshop will show you how! NASA Science Mission Directorate, the Heising-Simons Foundation, and a team of mission experts have teamed up to make the mission development process more transparent and accessible. The PI Launchpad Workshop will be hosted at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, on July 24-27. This workshop will be in-person, with all costs covered for participants, and will cover a range of topics relevant to mission development including networking events. Click here to access the pre-recorded information session. The application in the form of a Notice of Intent is due on April 14 in NSPIRES.
- Space Station Research Announcement Open Now through June 19! The International Space Station (ISS) National Laboratory is soliciting flight projects for in-space production applications focused on advanced materials and manufacturing. Flight investigations should demonstrate space-based manufacturing and production activities that enable new business growth and capital investment, represent scalable and sustainable market opportunities, and produce recurring value with the potential to generate demand for and revenue from access to space. Please visit the website to learn more.
- Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2022 Released! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due dates and topics. From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by subject matter) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Visit the SARA ROSES blog for more information. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities:
- F.14 Transform to OPen Science Training (TOPST) solicits proposals to advance open science literacy for all who do research on topics relevant to NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) through training and workshops targeting audiences from undergraduate students to established scientists and managers. Optional notice of intent to propose are requested by November 10, 2022, and proposals are due December 8, 2022. Register here and sign up to the TOPS email list for additional information.
- B.9 Heliophysics Low Cost Access to Space (H-LCAS) supports investigations addressing NASA Heliophysics Science Goals using investigator-developed instrumentation that must be completed through suborbital flights. Suborbital launch vehicle services include those provided by the NASA Sounding Rocket Program Office, the NASA Balloon Program Office, and NASA Airborne Science Program, as well as services provided by the Space Technology Mission Directorate commercial sub-orbital Flight Opportunities Program. The mandatory NOI and proposal must include a Payload Requirements Document. The due date for mandatory NOIs is November 17, 2022, and the due date for proposals is January 12, 2023. Questions may be directed to Dan Moses at email@example.com.
- F.9 Citizen Science Seed Funding Program aims to support scientists and other experts to develop citizen science projects and to expand the pool of scientists who use citizen science techniques in their science investigations. Four Divisions of the SMD are participating in the CSSFP: the Astrophysics Division, the Biological and Physical Sciences Division, the Heliophysics Division, and the Planetary Science Division. All proposals must address one or more goal(s) or objective(s) relevant to at least one of these participating SMD divisions. Optional Notices of Intent are requested by November 22, 2022. Proposals are due January 24, 2023. For more information, visit NSPIRES. Questions may be directed to Marc Kuchner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- D.9 The NuSTAR General Observer (GO) Program solicits proposals for basic research relevant to the the Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) Small Explorer mission. NuSTAR Cycle 9 will commence on or about June 1, 2023, and last for a nominal period of 12 months. Phase-1 proposals are due by 4:30 p.m. Eastern Time January 26, 2023, via ARK/RPS. Further details on the Cycle 9 program may be found on the NuSTAR GO Program website. Programmatic information may be obtained from the NuSTAR Program Scientist Hashima Hasan at email@example.com and technical questions may be directed to Tod Strohmayer, NuSTAR Mission Scientist, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- A.51 Applications-Oriented Augmentation for Research and Analysis The Earth Science Research and Analysis (R&A) and Applied Sciences programs are collaborating to support current R&A investigators in enabling them to work across the traditional boundaries between research and applications by adding end-user and stakeholder engagement to existing work to support “research to applications” and/or “applications to research” activities. This effort is intended to develop the capacity of investigators to work with end users. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.
- B.20 Heliophysics Tools and Methods (HTM) program solicits proposals to advance the goal of a robust, vital, and cohesive Python environment for Heliophysics through Solar, Heliospheric, Magnetosphere, and Ionosphere/Thermosphere/Mesosphere. Proposals may be submitted at any time throughout the year until March 29, 2023.
- F.2 Topical Workshops, Symposia, and Conferences (TWSC F.12 of ROSES) solicitation. NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) solicits proposals for events, including asynchronous and virtual workshops, Open-Source Initiatives, etc., that contribute to SMD’s equity, science, technology and exploration goals. As a no due date or rolling submissions competition, TWSC proposals may be submitted at any time through May 12, 2023. General questions may be sent to email@example.com.
- Apply for the NASA Innovation Corps™ Pilot! The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot is aimed to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace, while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry by supporting teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, for up to $10,000, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40,000. Read the full NASA announcement and the full solicitation to submit a proposal on NSPIRES. View the recording and slides from the informational webinar here. Application deadlines:
- Due November 17th for award start date February 2023
- Due January 20th for award start date April 2023
- Call for Members to the Science Definition Team for the Arctic-COLORS Field Campaign. NASA is soliciting applications for members of the Arctic-COastal Land Ocean inteRactionS (Arctic-COLORS) field campaign Science Definition Team (SDT). Arctic-COLORS is a proposed NASA-funded field campaign designed primarily to quantify the biogeochemical response of the Arctic coastal environment to global change and anthropogenic disturbances. Interested applicants should respond to this call by sending a Letter of Application to the Ocean Biology and Biogeochemistry Program Manager at NASA Headquarters no later than 5:00 PM Eastern time on December 2, 2022. For more information on Arctic-COLORS and how to apply, refer to the full text of the call.
- TRISH Fellowship Seeks to Train Space Health Scientists. The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) postdoctoral fellowship program supports early career scientists pursuing research with the potential to reduce the health risks associated with spaceflight and improve performance. Selected fellows will participate in TRISH’s Academy of Bioastronautics, a mentorship community for space health professionals, and receive a two-year salary stipend. The Institute views its postdoctoral fellowship as a tool to develop the next generation of space biomedical researchers. TRISH encourages diverse candidates and underrepresented groups to participate in this research solicitation. HBCUs, HSIs, TCUs, and small businesses and organizations owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals or women are particularly encouraged to participate in proposals as lead institution or co-institutions. The solicitation is available online here. Full proposals submitted through NSPIRES will be due on January 26, 2023. Sign up for the TRISH newsletter here.
- CONNECT with NASA’s Community of Practice for Educators! Are you interested in connecting with other higher education faculty and NASA team members? The NASA CONNECTS community of practice will host a monthly virtual CONNECT-ing Informal Networking Group. During this time, we want to hear from YOU. Engage with members by joining the CONNECT-ing group. Not a member of NASA’s online community of practice for educators? Click here to join CONNECTS and stay up to date on the latest NASA resources, collaborate with educators, and gain access to exclusive events.
NASA’s Gateways to Blue Skies: Clean Aviation Energy Competition is now open. In the push toward net-zero emissions by 2050, NASA seeks to crowdsource ideas for potential new clean aviation energy sources. Through the 2023 Blue Skies Competition, teams of two to six students will conceptualize and analyze the climate impacts along the source-to-flight lifecycle of one potential, primary clean aviation energy source of the future, and create a five- to seven-page research proposal and two-minute video summary. Finalist teams will receive a $6,000 stipend to participate in the 2023 Blue Skies Forum at a NASA center in June 2023. Winners are eligible for NASA internships in the academic year following the competition. Notice of Intent deadline is October 17, 2022, and Submission Deadline is February 28, 2023. For questions, contact BlueSkies@nianet.org.
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- Grant Announcement Letter from ORSP September 10, 2023
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