Faculty

by | Aug 19, 2019

The following is a summary of grant awards that will be issued during our Fall 2019 award cycle.  Please read below for more information about these funding opportunities and how to apply prior to completing an application.  You may also view the Faculty Request for Proposals (RPF) (revised 9/23/2019) for further information.

Period of Performance:  October 2019 to May 2020

Application Due Date:  September 25, 2019 at 11:59PM

Awards Announced:  October 25, 2019

NASA CTSGC Fall 2019 Call for Applications

Award

Audience

Anticipated Number of Awards*

Award Amount

Faculty Research

Faculty

10

$10,000

STEM Education Research

Faculty

4

$4,000

STEM Education Programming

Faculty

5

Up to $2,000

Faculty Travel

Faculty

3

Up to $1,000

Community College Quadcopter Challenge

Faculty

5

Up to $8,000

Undergraduate Student-Faculty  Research

Faculty

3

Up to $14,000

 * These are anticipated number of awards and may be decreased or increased.

About this award

Award – To encourage faculty participation in research in areas related to the mission of NASA at Connecticut Space Grant Consortium member institutions, the Consortium will award faculty research grants during the program year.  Research grants are available to support faculty, staff, and students in research pursuits.

Award Information – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the amount and number of awards available each program year.  Since this is an institutional award, a subcontract for each institution will be executed.

Eligible Activities – Research in any area related to the mission of NASA as illustrated by its strategic enterprises and Mission Directorates.

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.  Full-time research staff and associates are also eligible to apply.

Preference will be given to applicants who 1) are non-tenured and/or early career, 2) who use these funds as seed money, 3) who collaborate with other Consortium members (within CT), and 4) whose research involves/supports students.

Reminder:  NASA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that only citizens of the United States of America may receive direct funding from any NASA Space Grant award.  Direct funding for non-citizens must be comprised of institutionally matched  funds or other non-federal funds.  For further clarification, please see the Request for Proposals booklet available on our website. (Subpart A of 14 CFR Part 1260).

Eligible Budget Items – The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials.  Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount.  No indirect costs may be charged to the NASA Grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions, but are limited. To avoid duplication with other Consortium Grant programs, travel may not be charged to a Faculty Research Grant.  Reminder:  Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.  For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to show $20,000 with a $10,000 match and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium.  Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases.  The definition for equipment, as stated in 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92, is an article of tangible non-expendable personal property that has a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit. Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies.  If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be available upon successful completion of a sub-award to the master agreement between the grant awardee’s institution and the University of Hartford, and then will be paid to grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants.  Final payment will be made upon submission of all post-award reporting. Details will be conveyed within the award agreement.

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website.  NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution.  Therefore the following outcomes represent success: patents and published papers, increased institutional collaboration, and an increase in the number of proposal submissions. Each researcher is to inform the Consortium office of publications, patents and proposals that result from their receiving NASA CTSGC funding.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of all graduate and undergraduate student participants involved in the supported research is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Poster Session – Faculty will be required to furnish a research poster for an annual forum following the completion of their research.  Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the links below.

Application Links & Attachments

Contact & Demographic Form

Faculty Grant Application

Budget Worksheet

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Faculty Grant Application – Proposal Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Proposal Abstract (100 word maximum) – includes information relating the proposed project to NASA’s strategic enterprises and/or Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative (3000 word maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

iii. Methods and procedures

iv. Timeline

v. Budget narrative

vi. Evidence of student involvement

vii. Expected outcomes and Assessment Plan

* Consult the scoring rubric for more information on how proposals will be evaluated according to these criteria.

c. Budget Worksheet – Please be sure to include a Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals. Reminder: Faculty must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.

d. Curriculum Vitae – One-page (For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS:

All federal requirements pass through from the NASA CTSGC’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded faculty grants.  When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link:  https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

*Note to University of Hartford faculty applicants:  Even though the Consortium accounting is handled through the University of Hartford, an internal subcontract will still be needed to ensure clarity of understanding of all the pass-through NASA grant requirements by all parties involved in NASA CTSGC research.

 

Evaluation rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

The abstract is clear, concise and gives the reader an excellent sense of the scope of the project.

5

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives are clearly stated. There are compelling reasons offered to pursue the project.

10

Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

The proposed project is very relevant to one or more of NASA’s strategic goals.

10

Methods and procedures

The proposal includes a detailed, well-written explanation of the proposed methods and procedures to achieve the project’s goals and objectives. There is a strong link between the methodology and goals of the project.

15

Timeline and feasibility

The proposed timeline is clear, detailed, and closely aligned with the goals and objectives.   Institutional support is strong. When applicable, equipment/resources are readily available.

10

Budget narrative and worksheet

There is a clear, detailed, budget plan, including a justification of expenditures for the proposed plan and a complete budgetary schedule for the length of the program. 

10

Student involvement

Students play a significant role in the project and are included in the budget.

10

Expected outcomes & assessment plan

There is great potential for innovation, publications, or future funding. The proposal includes well-defined plan for disseminating findings.  A clear, and well-defined assessment plan is included.

15

Collaboration

There is strong evidence of collaboration either across disciplines, across colleges/universities or with external partners.

5

Recent award

Never

5

FT and/or tenure status

The applicant is full-time and/or pre-tenure/early career.

5

100

About this award

Award Details – STEM Education Research:  Successful applicants will show a plan to carry out research in the STEM Education field.  This research may include, but is not limited to: K-12 Curriculum Development, K-12 or Higher Education STEM Outcomes, STEM Education Outreach Programs, or Social/Psychological Influences on STEM Education (e.g., gender disparities, educational access, career trajectories).

Award Information – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the award amount and number of awards available each program year.

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.  Full-time staff and associates are also eligible to apply.  Collaboration with K-12 or other informal education partners is appropriate; however, the PI must be an eligible faculty/staff member of an academic affiliate institution.

Preference will be given to applicants who 1) are non-tenured and/or early career, 2) who use these funds as seed money, 3) who collaborate with other Consortium members (within CT), and 4) whose research involves/supports students.

Reminder:  NASA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that only citizens of the United States of America may receive direct funding from any NASA Space Grant award.  Direct funding for non-citizens must be comprised of institutionally matched  funds or other non-federal funds.  For further clarification, please see the Request for Proposals booklet available on our website. (Subpart A of 14 CFR Part 1260).

Eligible Budget Items – The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials.  Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount.  No indirect costs may be charged to the NASA Grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions, but are limited. To avoid duplication with other Consortium Grant programs, travel may not be charged to a STEM Education Research Grant or STEM Education Programming Grant.  Reminder:  Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.  For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to show $20,000 with a $10,000 match and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium.  Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases.  The definition for equipment, as stated in 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92, is an article of tangible nonexpendable personal property that has a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.  Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be available upon successful completion of a sub-award to the master agreement between the grant awardee’s institution and the University of Hartford, and then will be paid to grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants.  Final payment will be made upon submission of all post-award reporting.  Details will be conveyed within the award agreement.

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution.  Therefore the following outcomes represent success:  patents and published papers, increased institutional collaboration, and an increase in the number of proposal submissions.  Each researcher is to inform the Consortium office of publications, patents and proposals that result from their receiving NASA CTSGC funding.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of all graduate and undergraduate student participants involved in the supported research is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Poster Session – Faculty will be required to furnish a research poster for an annual forum following the completion of their research.  Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

  

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the links below.

Application Links & Attachments

Contact & Demographic Form

Faculty Grant Application

Budget Worksheet

 Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

 * This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

 Form 2:  Faculty Grant Application – Proposal Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Proposal Abstract (100 word maximum) – includes information relating the proposed project to NASA’s strategic enterprises and/or Mission Directorates.

 b. Narrative (3000 word maximum) – Please include the following sections:

 i. Project goals and objectives

 ii. Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

iii. Methods and procedures

iv. Timeline

v. Budget narrative

vi. Evidence of student involvement

vii. Expected outcomes and Assessment Plan

* Consult the scoring rubric for more information on how proposals will be evaluated according to these criteria.

c. Budget Worksheet – Please be sure to include a Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals.

Reminder: Faculty must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.

d. Curriculum Vitae – One-page (For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member.)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All federal requirements pass through from the NASA CTSGC’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded faculty grants.  When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link:  https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

*Note to University of Hartford faculty applicants:  Even though the Consortium accounting is handled through the University of Hartford, an internal subcontract will still be needed to ensure clarity of understanding of all the pass-through NASA grant requirements by all parties involved in NASA CTSGC research.

 

Evaluation rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

The abstract is clear, concise and gives the reader an excellent sense of the scope of the project.

5

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives are clearly stated. There are compelling reasons offered to pursue the project.

15

Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

The proposed project is very relevant to one or more of NASA’s strategic goals.

10

Methods and procedures

The proposal includes a clear and detailed plan to carry out research in STEM education including but not limited to K-12 curriculum development, K-12 higher education STEM education outcomes, or STEM education outreach programs. There is a clear link between methodology and goals of the project.

10

Timeline and feasibility

The proposed timeline is clear, detailed, and closely aligned with the goals and objectives.   Institutional support is strong. When applicable, equipment/resources are readily available.

10

Budget narrative and worksheet

There is a clear, detailed, budget plan, including a justification of expenditures for the proposed plan and a complete budgetary schedule for the length of the program. 

10

Student involvement

Students play a significant role in the project and are included in the budget.

5

Expected outcomes & assessment plan

There is great potential for innovation, publications, or future funding. The proposal includes well-defined plan for disseminating findings.  A clear, and well-defined assessment plan is included.

15

Collaboration & interdisciplinary approach

There is strong evidence of collaboration either across disciplines, across colleges/universities or with external partners.

5

Recent award

Never

10

FT and/or tenure status

The applicant is full-time and/or pre-tenure/early career.

5

100

 

About this award

Award Details – STEM Education Programming:  Successful applicants will show a plan to undertake and complete programming related to the STEM Education field.  Funding may be  used to support one-time or repeated initiatives that collaborate with other educational, industrial or institutional partners (i.e., high schools, science centers, museums, colleges, businesses) to educate and increase exposure of students to an aspect of STEM education (e.g., careers, fields  of study, research, history, emerging technologies).  Examples include (but are not limited to) funding to bring a speaker to a high school, develop a program at a museum, hold a science and technology fair, or host a symposium.  Applicants must show a plan for implementation, documentation of support of other partners, and methodology for assessment of programmatic outcomes.

Award Information – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the award amount and number of awards available each program year.

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.  Full-time staff and associates are also eligible to apply.  Collaboration with K-12 or other informal education partners is appropriate; however, the PI must be an eligible faculty/staff member of an academic affiliate institution. 

Preference will be given to applicants who 1) are non-tenured and/or early career, 2) who use these funds as seed money, 3) who collaborate with other Consortium members (within CT), and 4) whose research involves/supports students.

Reminder:  NASA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that only citizens of the United States of America may receive direct funding from any NASA Space Grant award.  Direct funding for non-citizens must be comprised of institutionally matched  funds or other non-federal funds.  For further clarification, please see the Request for Proposals booklet available on our website. (Subpart A of 14 CFR Part 1260).

 Eligible Budget Items – The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials.  Faculty/staff salary and stipend (including fringe/benefits) may not exceed 50% of the award amount.  No indirect costs may be charged to the NASA Grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions, but are limited.  To avoid duplication with other Consortium Grant programs, travel may not be charged to a STEM Education Research Grant or STEM Education Programming Grant.  Reminder: Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.  For example, if you are responding to a $10,000 research grant, your budget needs to  show $20,000 with a $10,000 match and $10,000 supplied by the Consortium.  Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases. The definition for equipment, as stated in 45 CFR Parts 74 and 92, is an article of tangible nonexpendable personal property that has a useful life of more than one year and an acquisition cost of $5,000 or more per unit.  Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies.  If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be available upon successful completion of a sub-award to the master agreement between the grant awardee’s institution and the University of Hartford, and then will be paid to grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants. Final payment will be made upon submission of all post-award reporting. Details will be conveyed within the award agreement.

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution.  Therefore the following outcomes represent success:  patents and published papers, increased institutional collaboration, and an increase in the number of proposal submissions.  Each researcher is to inform the Consortium office of publications, patents and proposals that result from their receiving NASA CTSGC funding.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of all graduate and undergraduate student participants involved in the supported project is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Poster Session – Faculty will be required to furnish a research poster for an annual forum following the completion of their research.  Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the links below.

Application Links & Attachments

Contact & Demographic Form

Faculty Grant Application

Budget Worksheet

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Faculty Grant Application – Proposal Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Proposal Abstract (100 words maximum) – includes information relating the proposed project to NASA’s strategic enterprises and/or Mission Directorates.

 b. Narrative (3000 word maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

iii. Methods and procedures

iv. Timeline

v. Budget narrative

vi. Evidence of student involvement

vii. Expected outcomes and Assessment Plan

* Consult the scoring rubric for more information on how proposals will be evaluated according to these criteria.

c. Budget Worksheet – Please be sure to include a Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals.

    Reminder: Faculty must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.

d. Curriculum Vitae – One-page (For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member.)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All federal requirements pass through from the NASA CTSGC’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded faculty grants.  When preparing budget proposals, It may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link:  https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

*Note to University of Hartford faculty applicants:  Even though the Consortium accounting is handled through the University of Hartford, an internal subcontract will still be needed to ensure clarity of understanding of all the pass-through NASA grant requirements by all parties involved in NASA CTSGC research.

 

Evaluation rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

The abstract is clear, concise and gives the reader an excellent sense of the scope of the project.

5

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives are clearly stated. There are compelling reasons offered to pursue the project.

10

Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

The proposed project is very relevant to one or more of NASA’s strategic goals.

10

Methods and procedures

The proposal shows a clear, feasible and well-defined plan for implementation, documentation of support of other partners, and methodology for assessment of programmatic outcomes. There is a clear and well-supported link between programming, educational plans, and the designated goal of increasing exposure of students to a specific aspect of STEM education.

15

Timeline and feasibility

The proposed timeline is clear, detailed, and closely aligned with the goals and objectives.   Institutional support is strong. When applicable, equipment/resources are readily available.

10

Budget narrative and worksheet

There is a clear, detailed, budget plan, including a justification of expenditures for the proposed plan and a complete budgetary schedule for the length of the program. 

10

Student involvement

Students play a significant role in the project and are included in the budget.

5

Expected outcomes & assessment plan

There is great potential for innovation, publications, or future funding. The proposal includes well-defined plan for disseminating findings.  A clear, and well-defined assessment plan is included.

15

Collaboration & interdisciplinary approach

There is strong evidence of collaboration either across disciplines, across colleges/universities or with external partners.

5

Recent award

Never

10

FT and/or tenure status

The applicant is full-time and/or pre-tenure/early career.

5

100

About this award

Award Details – To encourage travel to NASA facilities to use their unique resources, and present Space Grant and NASA funded research at conferences, the NASA CTSGC awards travel grants.  During the Space Grant program year, the Consortium expects to award multiple travel grants, based upon available funding.

Award Information – Refer to NASA CTSGC website for the amount and number of awards available each program year.  Since this is an institutional award, a subcontract for each institution will be executed

Eligible Travel – Domestic travel supported by travel grants may include, but is not limited to, trips to NASA facilities to use specialized research equipment, trips to NASA Centers to discuss collaborations with NASA scientists and engineers, attendance at pre-proposal conferences sponsored by NASA, presentation of Space Grant funded research at conferences, giving plenary or invited papers at conferences, visits by NASA scientists/engineers to campuses for research collaboration. NASA CTSGC only supports domestic travel.

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.  Full-time research staff and associates are also eligible to apply.

Budget – Travel may be funded up to a maximum of $1,000 (the Consortium reserves the right to adjust funding requests based upon the number and quality of applications).  Funds will be paid to the grant awardees’ institution at the conclusion of the trip on a reimbursement basis after submission of receipts to the awardee’s affiliate office.  No travel advances are allowed. Reminder: Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.  For example, if you are responding to a $1,000 travel grant, your budget needs to show $2,000 with a $1,000 match and $1,000 supplied by the Consortium.

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the travel.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution.  Therefore the following outcomes represent success:  patents and published papers, increased institutional collaboration, and an increase in the number of proposal submissions.  Each researcher is to inform the Consortium office of publications, patents and proposals that result from their receiving NASA CTSGC funding.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of all graduate and undergraduate student participants involved in the supported project/travel is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Poster Session – Faculty will be required to furnish a research poster for an annual forum following the completion of their research.  Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the links below.

Application Links & Attachments

Contact & Demographic Form

Faculty Travel Application

Budget Worksheet

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Faculty Travel Application – Proposal Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Proposal Abstract (100 word maximum) – includes information relating the proposed project to NASA’s strategic enterprises and/or Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative (1000 word maximum) Outline description and rationale for the travel, and how you will fund the travel if you do not receive full Space Grant funding.

* Consult the scoring rubric for more information on how proposals will be evaluated according to these criteria.

c. Invitation/Other Supporting Materials – Upload supporting documents such as letter or conference paper acceptance notice, invitation to speak, etc.

d. Budget Worksheet – Please be sure to include a Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals.

    Reminder: Faculty must show a 1:1 cost match ratio.

e. Curriculum Vitae – One-page (For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member.)

 

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All federal requirements pass through from the NASA CTSGC’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded faculty grants.  When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link:  https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

*Note to University of Hartford faculty applicants:  Even though the Consortium accounting is handled through the University of Hartford, an internal subcontract will still be needed to ensure clarity of understanding of all the pass-through NASA grant requirements by all parties involved in NASA CTSGC research.

 

Evaluation rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

The abstract is clear, concise and gives the reader an excellent sense of the scope of the project.

5

Purpose of the travel

There is a clear and detailed description of and rationale for travel, including an invitation to participate and/or other supporting material.

15

Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

The proposed travel is very relevant to one or more of NASA’s strategic goals.

15

Goals and objectives

The goals and objectives of the travel are clearly stated.  There are compelling reasons offered to pursue the travel. 

10

Timeline

The proposed timeline is clear and detailed timeline of travel, including a feasible schedule for achieving teaching, research, or future funding outcomes related to travel.

10

Budget narrative and worksheet

There is a clear, detailed budget plan, including a justification of expenditures for the proposed plan and a complete budgetary schedule for the length of the program. 

15

Expected outcomes

There is great potential for travel to positively impact research, teaching, or future funding.  The proposal includes a well-defined plan for achieving outcomes and the PI has a demonstrated record of output.

20

Recent award

Never OR Travel compliments previous award.

10

100

About this program

The goal of the Community College Quadcopter Challenge (CCQC) is to support a community college based programs in order to improve STEM recruitment and retention, primarily of underserved populations.  This program is designed to:

  1. Increase the number of community college students who graduate with STEM degrees and/or transfer to STEM programs at 4-year institutions,
  2. Increase the ability of community college faculty members to deliver aerospace-related content in areas of interest to NASA, and
  3. Enhance the diversity (race/ethnicity and gender) of students pursing STEM fields at Connecticut community college

These objectives will be accomplished by the use of small model quadcopters in competitions between student design groups from the Connecticut community colleges.  Faculty advisors from our Academic Affiliate community colleges will lead these design groups.

Award – Five teams will be supported to participate in the CCQC.  Teams of five students will be selected to participate, each advised by a community college faculty member.  The NASA CTSGC will make available a special RFP for this challenge with all the requirements. The document can be found on the NASA CTSGC website.

Eligible Applicants Faculty:  Full-time faculty or research staff at Consortium Member Community Colleges who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply. Student:  Community college student applicants must be full-time students at the advisor’s institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.  Up to five students per team.  The team make-up must reflect the NASA CTSGC diversity goals – at least 40% women and at least 20% under represented.

Please note: NASA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that only citizens of the United States of America may receive direct funding from any NASA Space Grant award.  Direct funding for non-citizens must be comprised of institutionally matched funds or other non- federal funds.  For further clarification, please see the Request for Proposals booklet available on our website. (Subpart A of 14 CFR Part 1260).

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – Two reports must be completed at the end of the challenge.  Students must submit a technical report, and the faculty advisor must complete the Higher Education Project report.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of student participants involved in the supported project is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Demonstration Day – Faculty and students will be required to participate in the Challenge Day, to demonstrate their work at a location set by the Consortium Director late in the Spring Semester.

Poster Session – The winning team will be required to furnish a joint research/project poster for an annual forum following the completion of the competition.  Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

 

Apply for this award

More information coming soon!

 

About this award

To encourage undergraduate student engagement in the research process, NASA CTSGC has created a Student-Faculty Research Project Grant.  This grant will enable undergraduate students to gain meaningful research experience in NASA CTSGC Affiliate research laboratories in areas consistent with the mission of NASA as exemplified by its four strategic enterprises, or Mission Directorates.  They are Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology.

The award will support two undergraduate students (1 from a 4-year institution and the other from a community college) with a stipend and provide a small stipend for the faculty advisor.  If the research is happening over the summer, the project should span a minimum of 8-weeks in length, where students work full-time on the project.  If the project is to be completed during the academic year, students and PI must present a plan to obtain approximately 320 hours of commitment to the project.

Award Information – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the amount and number of awards available each program year.  Since this is an institutional award, a subcontract for each lead institution will be executed.

Eligible Activities – Research in any area related to the mission of NASA as illustrated by its strategic enterprises.

Eligible Applicants Faculty: Full-time faculty or research staff at Consortium Member Institutions who are U.S. Citizens are eligible to apply.  Student: Undergraduate student applicants must be full-time students at the time of application at one of the Consortium Member Institutions with a minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Please note: NASA Office of Management and Budget (OMB) mandates that only citizens of the United States of America may receive direct funding from any NASA Space Grant award.  Direct funding for non-citizens must be comprised of institutionally matched funds or other non-federal funds.  For further clarification, please see the Request for Proposals booklet available on our website. (Subpart A of 14 CFR Part 1260).

Eligible Budget Items – The budget is limited to include only student ($6,000 per student) and faculty/staff stipend ($1,000, including fringe and benefits). No indirect costs may be charged to the grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions, but are limited. When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

Please Note: Faculty must show a minimum $7,500 cost match within the budget. Cost match may include direct costs for additional students or staff, or in-kind match such as lab space, equipment rental, equipment & supplies, and mentoring time (above and beyond the equivalent of $1,000 stipend.)

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work.  The required reporting format is available on the NASA CTSGC website.  NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution.  Therefore the following outcomes represent success: patents and published papers, increased institutional collaboration, and an increase in the number of proposal submissions.  Each researcher is to inform the Consortium office of publications, patents and proposals that result from their receiving NASA CTSGC funding.

Student Participant Tracking – Tracking of all graduate and undergraduate student participants involved in the supported research is required.  Please use the ‘Direct Participant’ form for each student.

Poster Session – The faculty/student team will be required to furnish a research poster for an annual forum following the completion of their research. Details will be communicated closer to the date.

Public Information – This is a federal grant; therefore information such as title, abstract, names, institution and year will be posted on the NASA CTSGC website and will be kept there for an extended period of time.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the links below.

A joint student/faculty application must be submitted by the faculty member, following NASA CTSGC web-submission guidelines.

Application Links & Attachments

Contact & Demographic Form

Faculty Application – Faculty-Student Summer Research

Student Application – Faculty-Student Summer Research

Budget Worksheet

Attention Faculty PI: If you need assistance in recruiting a community college student to work on your team, (1) please complete the Student-Faculty Summer Research Project proposal form, located on the NASA CTSG website and (2) forward this document to the NASA CTSG Office and campus directors for local community colleges (contact information available on NASA CTSGC website).

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information This form is needed for both the faculty and participating students.  If students have not yet been identified by the time of application, please contact the NASA CTSGC Office.

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Faculty-Student Summer Research Application – Faculty Proposal Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Proposal Abstract (100 word maximum) – includes information relating the proposed project to NASA’s strategic enterprises and/or Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative (3000 word maximum)  Please include the following sections:

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relationship to NASA’s strategic goals

iii. Methodology

iv. Timeline

v. Role of student researchers

vi. Expected outcomes

c. Budget Worksheet: Please be sure to include a Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals.

Reminder: Faculty must show a minimum $7,500 cost match.

d. Curriculum Vitae: One page maximum

 Form 3:  Faculty-Student Summer Research Application – Student Proposal Information

Each student must individually submit the following in their own application.

a. Narrative (500 word maximum) Please include the following sections:

i. Purpose and objectives

ii. Career potential

b. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable as an attachment to application

c. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One page maximum (For team proposals please submit a resume/C.V. for each team member.)

IMPORTANT REMINDERS

All federal requirements pass through from the NASA CTSGC’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded faculty grants.  When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance link:  https://www.nssc.nasa.gov/grants.

*Note to University of Hartford faculty applicants:  Even though the Consortium accounting is handled through the University of Hartford, an internal subcontract will still be needed to ensure clarity of understanding of all the pass-through NASA grant requirements by all parties involved in NASA CTSGC research.

Applications and further information about NASA CTSGC opportunities may be obtained from your university/college NASA CTSGC Campus Director.  NASA CTSGC actively encourages women, minorities, and those with disabilities to apply for its grants, scholarships, and internships.