Faculty

by | Aug 19, 2019

The following is a summary of grant awards that will be issued during our Fall 2021 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 9/1/2021) for further information.

Application Due Date:  Friday, October 15, 2021 at 11:59PM

Awards Announced:  Wednesday, December 8, 2021

 

NASA CTSGC Fall 2021 Call for Applications

Award Anticipated Number of Awards* Award Amount
Faculty Project Faculty 3
Up to $2,000
STEM Education Research Faculty 7
Up to $4,000
STEM Education Programming Faculty 3 Up to $2,000
Faculty Travel

Faculty

2

Up to $1,000

* 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, postdoctoral fellow, and students in research pursuits. Interdisciplinary collaboration is highly encouraged. Diverse applicants are highly encouraged to apply. 

Award Information – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website.  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 Mission Directorates.

Eligible Applicants – Full-time Faculty at Consortium Member Institutions are eligible to apply. Full-time research staff, research associates, including postdoctoral fellows are also eligible to apply.

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

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. 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 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. General-purpose equipment approved by the NASA Grant Officer. Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.  NASA CTSGC funds may not be used to purchase computers or tablets.

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 the grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants. Final payment will be made upon submission and approval 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 online.  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.  The title of the poster should be recorded in the post award report. Details of the forum/exposition 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.

New Technology Reporting – All NASA contractors, grantees and NASA partners, have an obligation to report new technologies to NASA as required by their agreement.  NASA CTSG requires all applicants to comply with this New Technology Report.  The detailed guidelines are available online and the report is included in our final report form.

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Proposal Information

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

b. Narrative – 6 page maximum   

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relevance to NASA’s Mission Directorates

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 maximum. For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member.

e. Other supporting evidence can be combined and submitted as a single pdf.

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.

*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.

Click here to view the evaluation rubric

About this award

Award Details – The goal of a Faculty Project Grant is to support faculty research by supporting faculty with the cost of materials and supplies.  This may be in purchasing consumables to enable more student participation in the research or supplies necessary to expand to new research areas.  This funding may also be used to support undergraduate or graduate research in the PI’s lab, for work that would not otherwise be funded.

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

Budget – Funds may be used for supplies and materials only. Funds may not be used for travel, equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, tuition, salaries, fringe benefits, or indirect costs.  Materials and supplies may be funded up to a maximum of $2,000 (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 on a reimbursement basis after submission of receipts to the awardee’s affiliate office. Reminder: Faculty who respond must show a 1:1 cost match ratio. For example, if you are responding to a $2,000 project grant, your budget needs to show $4,000 with a $2,000 match and $2,000 supplied by the Consortium. 

Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases. The definition for equipment 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. General-purpose equipment needs to be approved by the NASA Grant Officer.  Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.  NASA CTSGC funds may not be used to purchase computers or tablets.

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 the grant awardee’s institution to be distributed according to its policies related to faculty grants. Final payment will be made upon submission and approval 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 online.  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.

New Technology Reporting – All NASA contractors, grantees and NASA partners, have an obligation to report new technologies to NASA as required by their agreement.  CTSG requires all applicants to comply with this New Technology Report.  The detailed guidelines are available online and the report is included in our final report form.

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online.

Form 1. Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2. Proposal Information

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

b. Narrative – 4 page maximum  

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relevance to NASA’s Mission Directorates

iii. Methods and procedures

iv. Budget narrative

v. Evidence of student involvement (Appendix maybe added in a separate section, see e below) 

vi. 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 maximum. For collaborative proposals please submit a CV for each team member.

e. Other supporting evidence can be combined and submitted as a single pdf.

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.

*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.

Click here to view the evaluation rubric

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 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 affiliateinstitution. 

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.

Eligible Budget Items The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials.   Funds may not be used for travel, equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, or indirect costs. 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. 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 (This is a made-up number, you may check the specific grant you are applying for the actual amount).  

Equipment and Supplies – NASA CTSGC funds may not be used for equipment purchases. The definition for equipment 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. General-purpose equipment needs to be approved by the NASA Grant Officer. Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.  NASA CTSGC funds may not be used to purchase computers or tablets.

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 and approval 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 report 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.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2: 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 Mission Directorates

 b. Narrative 6 page maximum 

 i. Project goals and objectives

 ii. Relevance to NASA’s Mission Directorates

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 maximum. 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.

*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.

Click here to view the evaluation rubric

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 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.

Eligible Budget Items – The budget may include items such as technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, student stipends, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials. Funds may not be used for travel, equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, or indirect costs. 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. 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 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. General-purpose equipment needs to be approved by the NASA Grant Officer.  Items below $5,000 are classified as supplies. If essential to the project, NASA CTSGC funds may be used for the purchase of supplies.  NASA CTSGC funds may not be used to purchase computers or tablets.

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 and approval 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.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Proposal Information

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

 b. Narrative 6 page maximum 

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relevance to NASA’s Mission Directorates

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 maximum. 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.

 

*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.

 

Click here to view the evaluation rubric

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 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 report 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 of the forum/exposition 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.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  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 Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative 2 page 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 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 maximum. 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.

*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.

Click here to view the evaluation rubric

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 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.

 

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

A Letter of Intent (LOI) must be submitted to the CTSGC office.  Following acceptance of the LOI, a joint student/faculty application must be submitted by the faculty advisor, following NASA CTSGC web-submission guidelines. (This information will be communicated to you from the CTSG Office.)  Required components of the application will be available through a special RFP with all the details stipulated on the NASA CTSGC website.

 

About this award

To encourage undergraduate student engagement in the research process, NASA CTSGC has created a Student-Faculty Research 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 Mission Directorates. They are Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology. 

The award will support two undergraduate students (one 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 Mission Directorates.

Eligible Applicants Faculty: Full-time faculty or research staff at Consortium Member Institutions are eligible to apply. Student: Undergraduate student applicants must be U.S. citizens and full-time students at the time of application at one of the Consortium Member Institutions with a strong academic record.

Eligible Budget Items – The budget is limited to include only student ($6,000 per student for these two students) and faculty/staff stipend ($2,000, including fringe and benefits). No indirect costs may be charged to the grant, however indirect charges may be included within the matching contributions. When preparing budget proposals, it may be helpful to reference the Office of Management and Budget Uniform Guidance.

Please Note: Faculty must show a minimum $8,000 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 $2,000 stipend.)

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work.  The required report 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.

New Technology Reporting – All NASA contractors, grantees and NASA partners, have an obligation to report new technologies to NASA as required by their agreement.  CTSG requires all applicants to comply with this New Technology Report.  The detailed guidelines are available online and the report is included in our final report form.

Apply for this award

A joint student/faculty application must be submitted by the faculty member, via the links at ctspacegrant.org.

 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 Proposal Information

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

b. Narrative  6 page maximum.  The narrative should include the following:

i. Project goals and objectives

ii. Relationship to NASA’s Mission Directorates

iii. Methodology

iv. Timeline

v. Role of student researchers

vi. Expected outcomes

c. Budget Worksheet: Download the Budget Worksheet from NASA CTSGC website.

Reminder: Faculty must show a minimum $8,000 cost match.

d. Curriculum Vitae: One page maximum

 Form 3: Student Proposal Information Each student must individually submit the following:

a. Narrative 1 page maximum.  Please include the following sections

i. Purpose and objectives

ii. Career potential

b. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable.

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.

 *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.