Calling all college students!  NASA is providing you the University Student Research Challenge (USRC) with hopes to challenge students to propose new aeronautics ideas/concepts relevant to NASA Aeronautics.  USRC will provide students, from accredited U.S. colleges or universities, with grants for their projects.  This includes the challenge of raising a modest amount of cost share funds through a crowdfunding platform.  The process of creating and preparing a crowdfunding campaign acts as a teacher accelerator by requiring students to be entrepreneurs and take action.  Crowdfunding also raises awareness about students’ research among the public.

The goal for this can be accomplished through project ideas such as advancing the design, developing technology, or capabilities in support of aviation by demonstrating a novel concept or enabling advancement of aeronautics-related technologies.

Notices of Intent (NOIs) are not required for this solicitation.  Three-page proposals for the next USRC cycle are due February 25, 2021.

Proposals can also be submitted later and will be evaluated in the third cycle.  The due date for the third cycle is June 24, 2021.

To submit your proposal and find more information, please visit NSPIRES – Solicitations Summary (