Undergraduate & Graduate

by | Aug 19, 2019

The following is a summary of grant and scholarship awards that will be issued during our Spring 2020 award cycle.  Please read below for information about these funding opportunities and how to apply prior to submitting an application.  You may also review the Student Request for Proposals (RFP) (revised 3/6/2019) for further information.

Application Due Date:  Monday, April 6, 2019 at 11:59PM

Awards Announced:  Thursday, April 30, 2020

 

NASA CTSGC Spring 2020 Call for Applications

Award Audience Anticipated Number of Awards* Award Amount
Undergraduate Scholarship Student (undergraduate at a 4-year institution) 5 $3,000
Community College Scholarship Student (community college) 5 $1,500
Community College Transfer Scholarship Student (undergraduate at a 4-year institution who began at a community college) 2 $3,000
Graduate Fellowship Grant Student (graduate) 6 up to $8,000
Undergraduate Research Grant Student (undergraduate) 6 up tp $5,000
Project Grant Student 9 up to $1,000
Student Travel Student 5 up to $1,000

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

 

About this award

Award – Undergraduate Student Research Grants are availible to support and promote undergraduate research with faculty advisors at their institution. Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the number and amounts of awards each academic year. A student is eligible for one award per academic year.

Eligibility – Undergraduate student applicants must be full-time students at the time of application and during the entire project period at one of the Consortium Member Institutions with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicants are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship through the Grant Verification Form. Also, have not received a(n) Undergraduate Scholarship, Community College Transfer Scholarship, or Undergraduate Research Grant award from NASA CTSGC during the prior academic year. Please note, NASA CTSGC defines an academic year as beginning on or about September 1st and ending on or about August 31st.

Award Opportunities –Students may be preparing for senior design projects, honors research, or searching for an educational experience, which is consistent with the mission of NASA as exemplified by its four Missio Directorates. Students desiring to complete their research in collaboration with local STEM companies should contact the companies in advance and include a letter of support from the partner along with their application.

Budget – A budget is not required for Undergraduate Research Grant. Funds will be paid directly to the student as a stipend.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be distributed in two payments to the student’s institution; the institution will pay the student upon completion of a sub-award between the institution and the University of Hartford. The first payment will be $3,000 at the beginning of the research. The remaining balance will be paid upon submittal of all required post-award documentation.

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work. The required reporting format is available for download on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution, and therefore track these outcomes for reporting to NASA.

Outreach – Award recipients are required to share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for STEM careers by performing outreach within the college, community college, or middle/high school community of their choice. (For example, giving a presentation to a local middle/high school class or to college first-year students about studying or careers in STEM.) For additional information on outreach opportunities, please refer to the NASA CTSGC website.

Poster Session – Students 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. A template for the poster is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Longitudinal Tracking – NASA CTSGC and NASA require tracking of all significant student awardees to their “next career step.” Please be aware that you will be contacted by your Campus Director to follow up on your career path and/or progress.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms via the Apply page.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Application 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 (5 page maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Purpose and objectives

ii. Relationship to NASA’s Mission Directorates

iii. Methodology

iv. Feasibility and timeline (plan) of the project

v. Expected outcomes

vi. Career potential

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

c. Two Letters of Recommendation (internal or external) – One letter must be from the research project supervisor. All recommendation letters need to be signed and on institutional letterhead. Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online system:  Letter of Recommendation

d. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One-page maximum. For team proposals please submit a resume/CV for each team member.

e. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

Evaluation Rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

States a specific testable research question or objective.

10

Relation to NASA’s strategic goals

Clearly stated and directly related to the mission of NASA/ aerospace/STEM through alignment with the Mission Directorates.

15

Methodology

Provides a clear explanation of the proposed experimental or theoretical methods/ hypothesis/prototype/product.

20

Feasibility & timeline (planning)

Facilities are available, and the timeline is appropriate for conducting the proposed research.

20

Expected outcome

Deliverables are clear, innovative, with a clear assessment plan and obtainable in the specified time frame.

20

Career potential

Relationship to prior work and future plans is well documented.

5

Recent award

Student has never received a NASA CTSGC award.

10

100

 

About this award

Award – Graduate Fellowships are available to promote and support graduate student research in areas that align with NASA Mission Directorates. Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the number and amounts of awards available each academic year. A student is eligible for one NASA CTSGC fellowship per academic year. (Note: Space Grant Fellowship recipients cannot receive other federal fellowships or traineeships while receiving a Space Grant fellowship. Please be sure to specify the proposed period of performance within your application to ensure no overlap of federal fellowships/traineeships.)

Eligibility – Graduate student applicants must be full-time graduate students at one of the Consortium Member Institutions with a minimum GPA of 3.0. First-semester graduate students should provide an undergraduate transcript. Applicants must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship through the Grant Verification Form. Also, have not received a(n) Undergraduate Scholarship, Community College Transfer Scholarship, Graduate Research Fellowship, or Undergraduate Research Fellowship award from NASA CTSGC during the prior academic year. Please note, NASA CTSGC defines an academic year as beginning on or about September 1st and ending on or about August 31st.

Award Opportunities – Funding opportunities are available to Graduate Students preparing for careers useful to NASA.

Eligible Budget Items – The budget may include items such as tuition, student stipend, technician and support staff salaries, summer salaries, fringe benefits, supplies, and materials. Funds may not be used for equipment/computers, entertainment, entry fees, or indirect costs. To avoid duplication with other Consortium Grant programs, travel may not be charged to this fellowship research grant. All federal requirements pass through NASA CT Space Grant Consortium’s lead institution, University of Hartford, to all awarded 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 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 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 graduate student research grants. Graduate applicants should meet with their respective institution’s grants’ office prior to application submission. Note: NASA CTSGC cannot award final payment until all post-award requirements are met. Details will be conveyed within the award agreement.

 

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the fellowship 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, and therefore track these outcomes for reporting to NASA.

Outreach – Fellowship award recipients are required to share their knowledge of and enthusiasm for STEM careers by performing outreach within the college, community college, or middle/high school community of their choice. (For example, giving a presentation to a local middle/high school class or to college first-year students about studying or careers in STEM.) For additional information on outreach opportunities, please refer to the NASA CTSGC website.

Poster Session – Students 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. A template for the poster is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Longitudinal Tracking – NASA CTSGC and NASA require tracking of all significant student awardees to their “next career step.” Please be aware that you will be contacted by your Campus Director to follow up on your career path and/or progress.

 

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms via the Apply page.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Application 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 (5 page maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Purpose and objectives

ii. Relationship to NASA’s Mission Directorates

iii. Methodology

iv. Feasibility and timeline (plan) of the project

v. Budget narrative

vi. Expected outcomes and Assessment Plan

vii. Career potential

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

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

d. Two Letters of Recommendation (internal or external) – One letter must be from the research project supervisor. All recommendation letters need to be signed and on institutional letterhead. Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online system:  Letter of Recommendation.

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

f. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

Evaluation rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

States a specific testable research question or objective.

10

Relation to NASA’s strategic goals

Clearly stated and directly related to the mission of NASA/aerospace/STEM through Mission Directorate alignment.

15

Methodology

Provides a clear explanation of the proposed experimental or theoretical methods, hypothesis, prototype, or product.

15

Feasibility & timeline (planning)

The facilities and advisor/expertise are available and the timeline is appropriate for conducting the proposed research.

15

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 outcome

The deliverables are clear, innovative, with a clear assessment plan.

20

Career potential

Relationship to prior work and future plans is well documented.

5

Recent award

Student has never received a NASA CTSGC award.

5

100

About this award

Award – The purpose of these grants is to allow students to purchase items needed for senior capstone, undergraduate research, or extracurricular club design projects including materials, electronic components, chemicals, etc. NASA CTSGC recognizes these small grants will allow students to choose projects that are beyond the normal funds allocated by departments, colleges, and universities. Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the number and amounts of awards available each academic year.

Eligible Projects – Any group or individual project that is consistent with the mission of NASA as exemplified by its four Mission Directorates, is eligible.

Eligible Applicants – Individual students and informal/formal groups of students may apply. The project leader must be a U.S. Citizen, and all project team members must be full-time students at a Consortium Member Institution at the beginning of the project. Individual Applicants/Project Leader (for group projects) must have a minimum 3.0 GPA. There must be a faculty member who agrees to serve as the project advisor. Applicant P.I. must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship through the Grant Verification Form.

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.
*Students may also apply for Travel Grants to visit NASA Centers, participate in professional meetings, etc.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be paid to the student’s institution upon receipt of a detailed invoice on a reimbursement basis; the institution will pay the student upon completion of a sub-award agreement between the institution and the University of Hartford. Submission of a completed budget form (most institutions will also need detailed, itemized original receipts). Note: NASA CTSGC cannot award final payment until all post-award requirements are met.

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the work. The required reporting format is available for download on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution, and therefore track these outcomes for reporting to NASA.

Poster Session – Students 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. A template for the poster is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Longitudinal Tracking – NASA CTSGC and NASA require tracking of all significant student awardees to their “next career step.” Please be aware that you will be contacted by your Campus Director to follow up on your career path and/or progress.

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms via the Apply page.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2: Project 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 Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative (5 page maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Purpose and objectives

ii. Relationship to NASA’s Mission Directorates

iii. Methodology

iv. Feasibility and timeline (plan) of the project

v. Budget narrative

vi. Expected outcomes

vii. Career potential

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

c. Budget – Please be sure to include an attached Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaborative grant projects.

d. One Letter of Recommendation– The letter must be from the research project supervisor/advisor. All recommendation letters need to be signed and on institutional letterhead. Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online systemLetter of Recommendation

e. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One-page maximum. For team proposals please submit a resume/CV for each team member.

f. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

Evaluation Rubric

Criteria Evaluation Max Score
Abstract States a specific testable research question or objective 10
Relation to NASA’s strategic goals Clearly stated and directly related to the mission of NASA/ aerospace/STEM through alignment with the Mission Directorates. 15
Methodology Provides a clear explanation of the proposed experimental or theoretical methods/ hypothesis/prototype/product. 15
Feasibility & timeline (planning) Facilities are available, and the timeline is appropriate for conducting the proposed research. 15
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 outcome Deliverables are clear and innovative. 20
Career potential Relationship to prior work and future plans is well documented. 5
Recent award Student has never received a NASA CTSGC award. 5
    100

 

About this award

Awards – Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the number and amounts of awards available each academic year. A student is normally eligible for one scholarship or fellowship per academic year.

Eligibility – 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. Applicants are required to provide proof of U.S. Citizenship through the Grant Verification Form. Also, applicant may not have received a Scholarship, or Undergraduate Research award from NASA CTSGC during the prior academic year. Please note, NASA CTSGC defines an academic year as beginning on or about September 1st and ending on or about August 31st.
For Community College Transfer Scholarship applicants:  Students must demonstrate they began their postsecondary education at a community college (typically through a student transcript) where they enrolled for a minimum of two terms and are currently enrolled (typically through a student transcript) in or have been admitted (typically through a letter of admission) to a 4-year Consortium Member postsecondary education institution. Students may only be awarded the Community College Transfer Scholarship once in their academic careers.

Fund Distribution – Full amount is paid directly to the student award recipient from their respective institution Financial Aid Office upon completion, submission and approval of a report.

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – Contact and demographic-related information is required prior to scholarship payment. The form is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Longitudinal Tracking – NASA CTSGC and NASA require tracking of all significant student awardees to their “next career step.” Please be aware that you will be contacted by your Campus Director to follow up on your career path and/or progress.

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms online via the Apply page.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Application Information

The following materials must be included in your online application.

a. Narrative (3 page maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Describe your academic and career goals.

ii. Describe information on any research experiences or other relevant experiences you have had and how you believe they have influenced your career in STEM.

iii. Describe your community service, extra-curricular activities, work experience awards and/or honors.

iv. Briefly explain the benefits that you expect to derive from a NASA CTSGC Scholarship.

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

b. One Letter of Recommendation – All recommendation letters need to be signed and on institutional letterhead. Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online system:  Letter of Recommendation

c. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One-page maximum

d. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

Evaluation  Rubric

Criteria

Max Score

Academic and career goals relate to NASA CTSGC mission

20

Student demonstrates and/or describes interest in science and technology subject matter and careers

20

Student academic performance

10

Letter of recommendation supports students academic performance and goals.

10

Student demonstrates and describes community service, extracurricular, work and/or academic honors, experiences, and awards that support his or her application to the award.

20

 Student describes benefits from receiving the scholarship and/or articulates reasons for deserving the scholarship.

20

100

NOTICE: Prior NASA CTSGC Award Recipients:  Six points will be subtracted if the applicant received an award two academic years ago; four points will be subtracted if the applicant received an award three academic years ago; two points will be subtracted if the applicant received an award four or more academic years ago.

 

About this award

Award – To encourage travel to NASA facilities to use their unique resources and/or present Space Grant and NASA funded research at conferences the NASA CTSGC awards travel grants. Refer to the NASA CTSGC website for the number of awards available each academic year.

Eligible Travel – 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, participation in NASA or Space Grant programs/workshops/competitions, 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 students at Consortium Member Institutions are eligible. All applicants must be US Citizens. Applicants must provide proof of U.S. Citizenship through the Grant Verification Form. Student applicants should have a minimum of 3.0 GPA.

Budget – Funds will be paid to the student or groups’ institution upon submission of a completed budget form at the conclusion of the trip. No travel advances are allowed.

Fund Distribution – Funds will be paid to the student’s institution on a reimbursement basis. NASA CTSGC will pay detailed invoices from the affiliate upon completion of a sub-award to the master agreement. Most affiliate institutions will require detailed, itemized receipts. Contact your Campus Director for details. No travel advances will be allowed from NASA CTSGC funds. International travel is not allowed to be funded with Space Grant dollars. Note: NASA CTSGC cannot award final payment until all post-award requirements are met.

Post award responsibilities

Reporting – A project report will be requested upon completion of the travel. The required reporting format is available for download on the NASA CTSGC website. NASA CTSGC considers a successful project investment in the future of the researcher, their department and the institution, and therefore track these outcomes for reporting to NASA.

Poster Session – Students 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. A template for the poster is available on the NASA CTSGC website.

Longitudinal Tracking – NASA CTSGC and NASA require tracking of all significant student awardees to their “next career step.” Please be aware that you will be contacted by your Campus Director to follow up on your career path and/or progress.

Apply for this award

Submit the application and additional forms via the Apply page.

Form 1:  Applicant Contact/Demographic Information

* This information is utilized for NASA reporting only.

Form 2:  Application 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 Mission Directorates.

b. Narrative (2 page maximum) – Please include the following sections:

i. Purpose of Travel and Invitation: provide a copy of any supporting materials related to the travel, i.e., letter or conference paper acceptance notice (copy of email or webpage of the program is acceptable). Please remember that Space Grant can only support domestic travel.

ii. Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

iii. Goals and Objectives

iv. Timetable

v. Budget Narrative: Please provide a description of how you will fund the travel if you do not receive full Space Grant funding for the total coast of the trip. (Ex. If the total trip will cost $1,500, describe how you will fund the remaining $500 after the Space Grant award of $1,000.)

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

b. Budget Justification – Please be sure to include an attached Budget Worksheet for each institution involved in collaboration grant proposals.

c. One Letter of Recommendation – Must be from a faculty member familiar with the travel purpose. Applicants may submit additional letters of support. All recommendation letters must be submitted on the space grant website. Faculty who wish to submit confidential letters of recommendation may use the online system:  Letter of Recommendation

d. Resume/Curriculum Vitae – One-page maximum. (For a team or group, please include a resume for each member.)

e. Student Transcript – Official is preferred; however, unofficial is acceptable if availability at the time of submission is a problem.

Evaluation Rubric

Criteria 

Evaluation

Max Score

Abstract

Abstract is clear, concise and gives reader an excellent sense of the scope of travel.

5

Purpose of travel and invitation

Clear and detailed description of and rationale for travel, including invitation to participate and/or other supporting material.

25

Relevance to NASA’s strategic goals

Purpose of travel is very relevant to one or more of NASA’s Mission Directorates.

15

Goals and objectives

Goals and objectives of travel are clearly stated. There are compelling reasons offered to pursue travel.

30

Timetable

Includes a clear and detailed timeline of travel, which is aligned with goals and objectives.

5

Budget narrative and worksheet

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

15

Recent award

Maximum points will be given to students who have never received a NASA CTSGC award.

5

 

 

100

 

Applications and further information about NASA CTSGC Grants, Scholarships, and Internships 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.