INSGC - Indiana Space Grant Consortium

Research & Outreach Proposals



Key Dates:

Application Opens: December 1

Deadline: March 4

Estimated Announcement of Recipients: May


INSGC is extending the deadline for applications to March 4, 2016. This extension is due to announcement of priorities from the NASA Office of Education.  Guidelines for proposals remain the same for these topics. The following priorities are IN ADDITION to existing STEM topics (do not feel the need to restructure any proposals already in progress to match the below priorities):


•         Authentic, hands-on student experiences in science and engineering disciplines- the incorporation of active participation by students in hands-on learning or practice with experiences rooted in NASA-related, STEM-focused questions and issues and the incorporation of real-life problem-solving and needs as the context for activities. Examples include but are not limited to: Rock-on Workshop, 2017 Solar Eclipse High Altitude Ballooning, and NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge.

•         Engage middle school teachers in hands-on curriculum enhancement capabilities through exposure to NASA scientific and technical expertise. Capabilities for teachers to provide authentic hands-on middle school student experiences in science and engineering disciplines. • Summer opportunities for secondary students on college campuses with the objective of increased enrollment in STEM disciplines or interest in STEM careers.

•         Community Colleges – develop new relationships as well as sustain and strengthen existing institutional relationships with community colleges.  

•         Aeronautics research – research in traditional aeronautics disciplines; research in areas that are appropriate to NASA’s unique capabilities; directly address the fundamental research needs of the Next Generation Air Transportation System (NextGEN).

•         Environmental Science and Global Climate Change – research activities to better understand Earth's environments.

•         Enhance capacity of institutions to support innovative research infrastructure activities to enable early career faculty to focus their research toward NASA priorities.

·         Diversity of institutions, faculty, and students (gender, underrepresented, and underserved.) 

Determine appropriate type from table, then see Guidelines and Application link below.


New: Community college student summer research collaborative projects are encouraged. Please see guidelines document for recent addition. Funds available for affiliate institution undergraduate/graduate students and faculty to mentor community college students in summer research opportunities. Maximum award $15,000; 1:1 cost-share requirement.



Please keep in mind the following key qualities that INSGC/NASA look for in the review process:
1. Diversity - race/ethnicity, gender, location (rural, underserved, etc.)
2. Impact - number of people involved, scope, long-term effect
3. Innovative - new ideas, effective and efficient
4. Non-federal Cost-share - minimum requirements, more is better
5. Follow all guidelines and requirements in the following document:

Research and Outreach Guidelines and Templates

NOTE: INSGC cannot provide funds to non-US citizens in the form of salary or travel or non-US citizen students. A non-US citizen may apply for programs as a PI or as a Co-PI if all INSGC funds support the research of US citizens (faculty or students). Non-US citizens may receive support from their universities and these funds may be counted as part of the matching cost share requirement for the grant.

To Submit Application:

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