Details at a Glance

  • Award Amount: $3,000
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
  • Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable
  • Submission Deadline:  November 11, 2020
    • NOTE:  By mid-October, students should have communicated with both the faculty member they identify as their research mentor and the MSGC Campus Representative at that institution.  There are processes that need to be completed within the MSGC-affiliated institution before a proposal can be submitted to MSGC.
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2021.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions late spring 2021.

Program Description

Michigan Space Grant Consortium offers research and public service fellowships to undergraduates who successfully compete for the award. Students are required to identify a mentor from the faculty research, education, or public service communities, with whom they intend to work. Projects should describe their connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014. Preference is given to projects focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Students working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply.After developing a research plan (including budget) with the mentor, students write and submit an essay detailing their project.  The fellowship-supported research can occur over the summer, during the academic year, or both.  Campus Representatives of the Michigan Space Grant Consortium are available to assist students with guidance on preparing applications materials.

  • Eligibility: This opportunity is available to undergraduate students who are U.S. nationals and currently enrolled at MSGC-affiliated institutions. Applicants must have a good academic record and be in good academic standing to qualify for an award.  Applicants must also be willing to (i) have their student data reported to NASA and EPSS, the company that evaluates our programs, and (ii) engage in that evaluation process through responding to emails.  Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students currently receiving MSGC Fellowships are eligible to reapply.
  • Merit: The merit of the application will be judged based on primary and secondary criteria.  The primary merit criteria are scientific merit, relevance to NASA strategy, clarity of student responsibilities with regard to research activities, and strength of the letter/s of recommendation. Secondary merit criteria are interdisciplinarity of the project, the student’s level of interest in pursuing a STEM career, overall GPA, and grades in technical courses. If the application is for continuation funding, the progress report also contributes to the merit evaluation.
    • Because reviewers come from a range of scientific fields, the writer should carefully consider the terminology used in the essay.  MSGC campus representatives can provide guidance on how to optimize the competitiveness of an application.
  • Use of funds: Funding can be used for the applicant’s salary/stipend and fringes, research supplies and services, and domestic travel to mentor-approved conferences, workshops, and research locations.  MSGC funds cannot be applied toward foreign travel or the purchase of equipment.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is, “tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.” No indirect costs are allowed.
  • Continuation funding: A student who has been awarded a MSGC grant in the previous year may apply again.  In this case, the application must include a progress report based on activities during the current MSGC fellowship.
  • Letter/s of recommendation: A faculty member at the MSGC-affiliated institution must provide a letter of recommendation that relates to the applicant’s academic qualifications and interests.  This letter must also indicate the agreement of the faculty member to serve in this mentoring capacity for the duration of the award as well as his/her expectations of and responsibilities within the research project.  A second letter of recommendation from a faculty member, supervisor, coach, advisor, etc. is optional. An email giving instructions for submitting the letter to MSGC electronically will be provided to the references.
  • Effect on financial aid: Fellowships have the potential to impact existing financial aid.  Prior to accepting an award, students will need to understand the impact and allowability of accepting the award.  If a student has a financial aid package, it would be beneficial to inquire at the Financial Aid Office at their institution before applying.

Notes for Mentors and Institutions

Augmented awards: If the applicant is an under-represented minority student, mentors may request an additional $500 as part of this application. If the $500 goes to the student, no cost-sharing is required. If the $500 is to support supplementary mentoring activities, a 1:1 match is required.

Cost-sharing: The MSGC Fellowship Program does not require a cost match, nor will it be a factor in the selection of fellows. The provision of tuition waivers or mentor time would be helpful to MSGC but is not required.

Indirect Cost: No indirect costs are allowed on fellowships.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online.  A pdf showing the online application can be downloaded:  Sample Undergraduate Fellowship Application.  

The following items will be uploaded as pdfs:

  • An essay, with budget information. Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font. Limit: 3 pages for the narrative and 3 pages for the budget information. The following information should be included:
    • The research or public service activity the student intends to pursue and any references cited.
    • How the proposed activity is related to NASA’s strategic interests: NASA Strategic Plan 2014.
    • The student’s specific responsibilities in the project and specific outcomes expected for the research.
    • The student’s future career/educational interest.
    • Timeline for the effort, including information as to when most effort is expected – summer, academic year, or both. Explain the difference in the effort during summer versus academic year.
    • Budget information – Students must work with mentors to establish how the funding will be spent. Submission of an application indicates support of the mentor for the included budget information. Include:
      • a detailed budget; use the budget and justification template.
      • a budget narrative/description that explains the costs in the budget. The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds to align with the project. Personnel and Fringe costs shall only be associated with the applicant, with estimated rates and total amounts of each. Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem. Other Direct Costs shall be explained in reasonable detail.
  • An abstract (not to exceed 150 words)
  • Scanned transcript/s. If less than two semesters of undergraduate courses have been completed, please upload a high school transcript as well as a college transcript.
  • If applying for another fellowship during a current fellowship, upload a two-page progress report on the current project, including how fellowship funds have been used. The report should describe the student’s MSGC-supported activities during the current year and an evaluation of the successful and unsuccessful components of the program. Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases relating to the existing project should be included in an appendix.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

MSGC Reporting Requirements are available below as a downloadable pdf. Content in the report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter – Frontiers. Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder.

Students will also be expected to make a presentation about their research – either a poster or a talk – at the next MSGC Fall Conference after their work is completed.

Details at a Glance

  • Award Amount: $5,000
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
  • Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable
  • Submission Deadline:  November 11, 2020
    • NOTE: By mid-October, students should have communicated with both the faculty member they identify as their research mentor and the MSGC Campus Representative at that institution.  There are processes that need to be completed within the MSGC-affiliated institution before a proposal can be approved and submitted to MSGC.
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2021.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions late spring 2021.

Program Description

Michigan Space Grant Consortium offers research and public service fellowships to graduate students who successfully compete for the award. Students are required to have a mentor from the faculty research, education, or public service communities, with whom they intend to work. Projects should describe their connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014. Preference is given to projects focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Students working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply.

After developing a research plan (including budget) with the mentor, students write and submit an essay detailing their project and how the funds will be spent.  The fellowship-supported research can occur over the summer, during the academic year, or both.

Eligibility:  This opportunity is available to graduate students who are U.S. nationals and currently enrolled at MSGC-affiliated institutions. Applicants must have a good academic record and be in good academic standing to qualify for an award.  Applicants must also be willing to (i) have their student data reported to NASA and EPSS, the company that evaluates our programs, and (ii) engage in that evaluation process through responding to emails. Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Students currently receiving MSGC Fellowships are eligible to reapply.

Merit: The merit of the application will be judged based on primary and secondary criteria.  The primary merit criteria are scientific merit, relevance to NASA strategy, clarity of student responsibilities with regard to research activities, and strength of the letter/s of recommendation.  Secondary merit criteria are interdisciplinarity of the project, the student’s level of interest in pursuing a STEM career, overall GPA, and grades in technical courses. If the application is for continuation funding, the progress report also contributes to the merit evaluation.

  • Because reviewers come from a range of scientific fields, the writer should carefully consider the terminology used in the essay.  MSGC campus representatives can provide guidance on how to optimize the competitiveness of an application.

Use of funds: Funding can be used for the applicant’s salary/stipend and fringes, research supplies and services, and domestic travel to mentor-approved conferences, workshops, and research locations.  MSGC funds cannot be applied toward foreign travel or the purchase of equipment.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is, “tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.” No indirect costs are allowed.

Continuation funding:  A student who has been awarded a MSGC grant in the previous year may apply again. In this case, the application must include a progress report based on activities during the current MSGC fellowship.

Letter/s of recommendation: A faculty member at the MSGC-affiliated institution must provide a letter of recommendation that relates to the applicant’s academic qualifications and interests.  This letter must also indicate the agreement of the faculty member to serve in this mentoring capacity for the duration of the award as well as his/her expectations of and responsibilities within the research project.  A second letter of recommendation from a faculty member, supervisor, coach, advisor, etc. is optional. An email giving instructions for submitting the letter to MSGC electronically will be provided to the references.

Effect on financial aid: Fellowships have the potential to impact existing financial aid.  Prior to accepting an award, students will need to understand the impact and allowability of accepting the award.  If a student has a financial aid package, it would be beneficial to inquire at the Financial Aid Office at their institution before applying.

Notes for Mentors and Institutions

Augmented awards: If the applicant is an under-represented minority student, mentors may request an additional $500 as part of this application. If the $500 goes to the student, no cost-sharing is required. If the $500 is to support supplementary mentoring activities, a 1:1 match is required.

Cost-sharing:  The MSGC Fellowship Program does not require a cost match, nor will it be a factor in the selection of fellows. The provision of tuition waivers or mentor time would be helpful to MSGC but is not required.

Indirect Cost:  No indirect costs are allowed on fellowships.

Application Requirements

Applications must be submitted online.

The following items will be uploaded as pdfs:
  • An essay, with budget information. Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font. Limit: 3 pages for the narrative and 3 pages for the budget information. Upload this as a single pdf.  The following information should be included:
    • The research or public service activity the student intends to pursue and how the budget ties to the activity.
    • How the proposed activity is related to NASA’s strategic interests:  NASA Strategic Plan 2014.
    • The student’s specific responsibilities in the project and specific outcomes expected for the research.
    • The student’s future career/educational interest.
    • Timeline for the effort, including information as to when most effort is expected – summer, academic year, or both.  Explain the difference in the effort during summer versus academic year.
    • Budget information – Students must work with mentors to establish how the funding will be spent.  Submission of an application indicates support of the mentor for the included budget information.  Include:
      • a detailed budget; use the budget and justification template
      • a budget narrative/description that explains the costs in the budget. The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds to align with the project. Personnel and Fringe costs shall only be associated with the applicant, with estimated rates and total amounts of each. Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Other Direct Costs shall be explained in reasonable detail.
  • An abstract (not to exceed 150 words)
  • Scanned transcript/s. If less than two semesters of graduate courses have been completed, please upload an undergraduate transcript as well as a transcript from graduate school.
  • If applying for another fellowship during a current fellowship, upload a two-page progress report on the current project, including how fellowship funds have been used. The report should describe the student’s MSGC-supported activities during the current year and an evaluation of the successful and unsuccessful components of the program. Documentation of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles, and press releases relating to the existing project should be included in an appendix.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

MSGC Reporting Requirements are available below as a downloadable pdf.  Content in the report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter – Frontiers. Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder.

Students will also be expected to make a presentation about their research – either a poster or a talk – at the next MSGC Fall Conference after their work is completed.

Details at a Glance

  • Awards: up to $5,000
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
  • Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable
  • Submission Deadline:  November 11, 2020
    • NOTE:  By mid-October, faculty members should have communicated with the MSGC Campus Representative at their institution due to processes that need to be completed before a proposal can be approved and submitted to MSGC.
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2021.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions late spring 2021.

Program Description

The MSGC Research Seed Grant Program supports junior faculty and research scientists at MSGC affiliate institutions. The program also helps mid-career and senior faculty develop new research programs. The objective of this program is to allow award recipients to develop the research expertise necessary to propose research activities in new areas to other federal or nonfederal sources. Investigators should describe the connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014. Preference is given to research focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Researchers working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply.

  • Eligibility: Participation in this program is limited to faculty (professorial and research) at MSGC-affiliated institutions.  Applicants may be faculty members or research scientists who are either early career (PhD up to seven years postgraduate) or starting a new area of research.  Member institutions (and individuals) are not limited to one proposal.  Persons who receive a Research Seed Grant in are not eligible to submit a proposal the following year.  Women, under-represented minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
  • Merit: The merit of the proposal will be judged based on primary and secondary criteria.  The primary merit criteria are scientific merit, relevance to NASA strategy, clarity of the proposal, quality of the relationship between the budget and the statement of work (including narrative about how both Space Grant funds and the matching funds will be used to carry out the project), and the ability of the research to advance the faculty’s future research efforts.  Secondary merit criteria are interdisciplinarity of the project and the potential for follow-on funding.  With regard to the last point, include a plan for proposal submissions to federal and non-federal sources based on the work to be completed.
    • Because reviewers come from a range of scientific fields, the writer should carefully consider the terminology used in the proposal.  MSGC campus representatives can provide guidance on how to optimize the competitiveness of a proposal.
  • Use of funds: Funding can be used for salary, stipends, fringes, research supplies and services, and domestic travel. MSGC funds cannot be applied toward foreign travel or the purchase of equipment.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is: Equipment means tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per -unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. See also §§200.12 Capital assets, 200.20 Computing devices, 200.48 General purpose equipment, 200.58 Information technology systems, 200.89 Special purpose equipment, and 200.94 Supplies.
  • Cost sharing: MSGC funds for Research Seed Grants must be cost shared at least one-to-one with funds from non-federal sources.  The source of matching funds must be identified.  Cost-sharing from university units such as departments, Dean’s or Research Offices, must be confirmed by a letter from the appropriate authority. The ratio of cost shared to sponsored funding is not a factor in award decisions.  Information about allowable cost-sharing can be found in 2 CFR §200.306 and 2 CFR 1800.306.
  • Indirect costs (IDC):  IDC is allowed, but consideration should be given to the fact that IDC will lower the funding available for the research and decrease the unrecovered funds that can be applied for cost sharing.

Application Requirements

Approval from the Office of Research (if not UM) and the MSGC Campus Representative on the applicant’s campus is required prior to submission of an application to MSGC. 

Applications must be submitted online.  The proposal, which must be uploaded as a single pdf, should include the following.  Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font.

  1. Program description, including an abstract (not to exceed 150 words); timeline for the project containing information about when effort is expected to occur – summer, academic year, or both; and references.  Page limit: 6 pages.
  2. Detailed budget, using the budget and justification template.
  3. Budget narrative and details that substantiates costs.  The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds (both NASA and cost-shared) to align with the proposed projects.  Direct Labor costs shall be separated by titles (e.g. professor, graduate research assistant, etc.) with estimated rates and total amounts of each. Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Other costs shall also shall be explained in reasonable detail and substantiated whenever possible. The certified negotiated indirect costs for the institution shall be explained sufficiently. The same shall be done for cost-shared funds.  No page limit.
  4. Biographical information for the PI. Page limit: 1 page.
  5. List of significant publications. Page limit: 1 page.
  6. List of grants.  Note grants received in the last five years and grants pending.  Limit:  2 pages.
  7. Letter from the designated signer from the institution’s Office of Research verifying approval of the proposal (not required for UM because it is lead institution)..
  8. Letter/s from authorized individual/s regarding commitment/s of the non-federal cost sharing.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

A final report is required by May 31, 2022, giving a complete report on research expertise development activities and the status of proposals submitted based on the activities funded by the MSGC Research Seed Grant. Content in this report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter, Frontiers.  Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder. The MSGC Program Manager will work with the applicant to see (college) student data uploaded into a secure folder as well. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may not be emailed.  The following pdfs may be downloaded for complete reporting information:

Details at a glance

Award Amount: $5,000 maximum
Funding Periods and Application Windows (2 mechanisms, further information below):  

Funding Periods and Application Windows:

  • For funding May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022 (awarded on a competitive basis)Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable.
    Application Deadline
    :  November 11, 2020
    Award notification:  Early March 2021
  • Applicants received outside of the application cycle will be considered on a rolling basis

Program Description

MSGC supports student groups from MSGC-affiliated colleges and universities that engage in hands-on, authentic, science and engineering problem-solving research and development related to NASA Mission Directorate challenges and NASA STEM engagement priorities. Student group activities should align closely with the description in this pdf of competitive programs.

Student groups shall approach the MSGC Campus Representative initially to obtain a recommendation of whether or not to submit an application.  Then they should work with their faculty advisor in preparing their project description and budget and in determining the mechanism for oversight of funds.   For all institutions except the UM, approval from the MSGC Campus Representative and the Office of Research at the group’s institution must be obtained before an application can be submitted. Student groups at the UM work with the MSGC Program Manager to obtain those types of approvals.

Eligibility:  An applicant may be a student representing a student group, a faculty/staff mentor for a student team, or a faculty advisor whose research group creates products that are launched into space.  MSGC encourages proposals involving women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities.  The applicant shall be responsible for the reporting requirements.
Student groups must:

  • Be based out of one of MSGC’s affiliated college or universities
  • Be either (i) a recognized student organization or (ii) a professor’s research group that is producing technology that will be launched into space
  • Have a faculty or staff mentor
  • Have an approved space for working on the project
  • Agree to provide the student data necessary for MSGC’s NASA reporting and program evaluation

If an award is promised to a student group but the applicant later disengages, funding may be withdrawn. Groups must seek MSGC approval for any changes after the award is provided – changes in budget or key personnel, for instance.  All groups must have an individual who has accepted responsibility for meeting MSGC reporting requirements.

Merit:  In evaluating applications, the primary merit factors are (i) the degree to which the proposed project matches the description in the pdf noted in Program Description, with preference given to projects linked directly to NASA itself, and (ii) the overall quality/clarity of the proposal.  Secondary merit criteria are related to faculty mentoring, budget, team diversity, interdisciplinarity, and the likelihood of a positive outcome for student participants.

Use of funds:  Funding can be used for Supplies & Services and Domestic Travel.  Funding cannot be used toward purchases of equipment or foreign travel.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is “tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per-unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000.”

Cost Sharing: MSGC funds must be cost shared at least one-to-one with funds from non-federal sources.  The source of matching funds must be identified.  Cost-sharing from university units such as departments, Dean’s, Student Affairs, or Research Offices, must be confirmed by a letter from the appropriate authority. The ratio of cost shared to sponsored funding is not a factor in award decisions.  Information about allowable cost-sharing can be found in 2 CFR §200.306 and 2 CFR 1800.306. 

Indirect costs (IDC): 

  • MSGC-affiliates – IDC is allowed, but consideration should be given to the fact that IDC will lower the funding available for the activity and decrease the unrecovered funds that can be applied for cost sharing.
  • UM – Submit the proposal without IDC.

Application Requirements

Approval from the Office of Research (if not UM) and the MSGC Campus Representative on the applicant’s campus is required prior to submission of an application to MSGC.  
For both the rolling and the competitive funding applications, the items in the numbered list below shall be provided as a single pdf.  Use 12-pt font and 1″ margins.  Tables and references may utilize a smaller font.  For rolling funding, email the single pdf to mispacegrant@umich.edu.  For competitive funding, online.  The single pdf will be uploaded as part of that process.

  1. HONES Short Form (downloadable pdf, linked here). For applications for 2020-2021 (rolling) funding, complete and include as page 1.  For applications for 2021-2022 (competitive) funding, this information is entered online, so the form is not required as page 1.
  2. Project description (prefaced by an abstract of 150 words or less).   This section shall also include desired outcomes, a summary of how the funds (both MSGC and cost share) will be used to support the program, and an approximate timeline, including information as to when most effort is expected – summer, academic year, or both.  Explain the difference in the effort during summer versus academic year.  Limit:  4 pages.
  3. Detailed budget.   The budget shall be developed in conjunction with the faculty mentor using the budget and justification template. The proposed budget shall directly support the program description, demonstrate the effective use of funds (both NASA and cost-shared), and be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, and realistic.
  4. Budget narrative and details that substantiate costs. Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Costs in Supplies & Services shall also be explained in reasonable detail and substantiated whenever possible.  If there are certified negotiated indirect costs for the institution, they shall be explained sufficiently.  The same shall be done for cost-shared funds.  No page limit.
  5. Letter from the designated signer from the institution’s Office of Research verifying approval of the proposal (not required for UM because it is lead institution).
  6. Letter/s from authorized individual/s regarding commitment/s of the non-federal match.
  7. If applying for continuation funds, include a progress report on your current project. The progress report should address how funding was used, the activities during the current year, and a general evaluation of the program. Add an appendix with information/copies of any presentations, announcements, news articles and press releases relating to the existing project. Limit:  2 pages (not including appendix).

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

A final report is required by May 31 of the year the funding ends.  The report will give a complete description of the activities of the group. Content in this report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter, Frontiers.  Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder. The MSGC Program Manager will work with the applicant to see (college) student data uploaded into a secure folder as well. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may not be emailed.  The following pdfs may be downloaded for complete reporting information:

One student from the group will also be expected to make a presentation about their group’s project – either a poster or a talk – at the next MSGC Fall Conference after their work is completed.

Details at a Glance

  • Programs:  Pre-College Education, Teacher Training, Public Outreach, and Augmented Support. Applicants may propose a project for one of these programs or a proposal that incorporates multiple programs.
  • Award Amount: up to $5,000 per program
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
  • Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable
  • Submission Deadline: November 11, 2020
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2021.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive late spring 2021.

Program Descriptions

MSGC supports a suite of educational programs.  Details specific to each program can be found below.  Programs should describe their connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014. Preference is given to programs focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Programs focused on other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply. Collaborative efforts that include partners from colleges and universities, small businesses and industry, K-12 educational institutions, and community groups are encouraged. A component of program evaluation should be included.

Pre-College Education Program
This program supports projects that encourage and enrich the study of mathematics, science, or technology for teachers and K-12 students through the development, implementation, and/or testing of activities or supplementary resources that meet the new Michigan K-12 science standards that are based upon the Next Generation Science Standards.  Activities may include both in-classroom work as well as informal programs occurring outside the classroom of long and short duration.

Public Outreach
This program supports conferences, workshops, publications, lecture series, non‐technical courses, science fairs, radio and television broadcasts, and other enrichment events that serve industry, state and local governments, non‐profit organizations, children, and adults with a focus on enhancing literacy and interest in mathematics, science, and technology.

Teacher Training
This program awards up to $5,000 to promote innovative higher education of pre‐service (college level) and in‐service teacher training.  Eligible activities include the development of courses and supplementary materials, entry‐level gateway courses, conferences and workshops for in‐service and pre‐service teacher education.

Augmented Support
An additional $5,000 is available to augment any of the above programs if the program targets under-represented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities. Applications should describe in detail why these funds are necessary to assure the success of the project.

Further Details

Eligibility: Participation in this program is open to (i) faculty members at MSGC affiliated institutions and (ii) representatives of nonsectarian educational or community organizations (such as school districts and museums), statewide, or business/industry partnering with such organizations. Applicants currently funded through these programs are welcome to reapply for continuation funding. Under-represented minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Merit: The merit of applications is judged based on primary and secondary criteria.  The primary merit criteria for all educational programs are (i) relevance to NASA strategy, (ii) clarity of the proposal, (iii) degree of focus on STEM subjects, (iv) evaluation plan, and (v) the credentials of personnel. Secondary merit criteria are the quality of the relationship between the budget and the statement of work, involvement with underrepresented populations (specifically women, minorities, and persons with disabilities), and the clarity of the cost-sharing mechanism.  Additional merit criteria specific to individual programs are:

  • Pre-College Education:  Alignment with state and national education standards
  • Public Outreach:  Likelihood of stimulating STEM literacy and interest
  • Teacher Training:  Potential to promote innovative training
  • Augmentation:  Anticipated success in involving underrepresented populations and effective use of budget

Use of funds:  Funding can be used for supplies and services, salaries, and minimal domestic travel. Funding cannot be used toward purchases of equipment or foreign travel.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is: tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per -unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. See also §§200.12 Capital assets, 200.20 Computing devices, 200.48 General purpose equipment, 200.58 Information technology systems, 200.89 Special purpose equipment, and 200.94 Supplies. Indirect costs (IDC) are allowed, but consideration should be given to how their incorporation will affect both the statement of work and the cost share that can be gleaned from imputed IDC.

Multi-program awards: For any one of the MSGC Educational Programs (Teacher Training, Pre-College, Public Outreach, and Augmented Support), the maximum award is $5,000. However, proposers may apply simultaneously for funding from more than one of the programs. Multi-program awards are given for exceptional proposals that meet all requirements. Applications should justify the additional resources needed based on the scale of the project and clearly indicate which programs they are applying to on the application form.

Cost sharing:  MSGC funds must be cost shared at least one-to-one with funds from non-federal sources. The source of cost share funds must be identified and accompanied by a letter of commitment from those sources.  The ratio of cost shared to sponsored funding is not a factor in award decisions.  Information about allowable cost-sharing can be found in 2 CFR §200.306 and 2 CFR 1800.306.

Indirect costs (IDC):  IDC is allowed, but consideration should be given to the fact that IDC will lower the funding available for the programmatic elements and decrease the unrecovered funds that can be applied for cost sharing.

Application requirements

Applications must be submitted online.

The proposal, which must be uploaded as a single pdf, should include the following. Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font.

  1. Program description, including the following components.  Limit:  4 pages.
    • An abstract (not to exceed 150 words)
    • Community overview – Included description of expected participants and demographics.
    • Strategic goal of the project, including relationship to Next Generation Science Standards.
    • Specific objectives of the project (within the strategic goal)
    • Scope of the program – Describe what will be done in this program and how it relates to the objectives.
    • A timeline for the program, from implementation to completion, focusing on milestones.
    • If applying for multiple programs, an additional page is allowed for each additional program.
    • If partnering with one or more specific pre-college institutions, include letters of support from institutions (not counted in the page limit).
  2. Detailed budget, use the budget and justification template
  3. Budget narrative and details that substantiates costs. The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds (both NASA and cost-shared) to align with the proposed project/s. Direct Labor costs shall be separated by titles (e.g. instructor, director, etc.) with estimated rates and total amounts of each. Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Other costs shall be explained in reasonable detail and substantiated whenever possible. The certified negotiated indirect costs for the institution shall be explained sufficiently. The same shall be done for cost-shared funds.  If applying for multiple  programs, include this detailed budget information for each program and a cumulative budget table.   No page limit.
  4. One-paragraph descriptions for each of the key personnel, stating their qualifications and their role in the project.
  5. Letter/s from authorized individual/s regarding commitment/s of the non-federal match.
  6. If applying for continuation funds, a progress report on your current project. The progress report should address how funding was used, the activities during the current year, and evaluation results of the various components of the program. Add an appendix with copies of any papers, presentations, announcements, news articles and press releases relating to the existing project. Limit:  2 pages (not including appendices).

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

A final report is required by May 31, 2021, giving a complete description of the educational activities funded by the MSGC Educational Program award/s.  Content in this report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter, Frontiers.  Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder. The MSGC Program Manager will work with the applicant to see (college) student data uploaded into a secure folder as well.  Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may not be emailed.  The following pdfs may be downloaded for complete reporting information:

Details at a Glance

  • Award Amount: up to $5,000 per program
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2021 – April 30, 2022
  • Apply online:  Applications must be submitted online via Submittable
  • Submission Deadline:  November 11, 2020
    • NOTE:  By mid-October, faculty members should have communicated with the MSGC Campus Representative at their institution due to processes that need to be completed before a proposal can be approved and submitted to MSGC.
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2021.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions late spring 2021.

Program Description 

MSGC is offering awards for research-oriented programs that incorporate community colleges as partners, specifically community colleges with high percentages of underserved populations, to build a NASA bridge between MSGC and these two-year institutions in Michigan.  Successful applicants will propose creative programs aimed at improving STEM continuation outcomes for community college students interested in careers that align with NASA strategies. This effort will identify and reward innovative and successful models of collaboration between MSGC affiliated institutions and community colleges.  It is acceptable to extend established programs to specifically meet NASA’s Space Grant mission.   Investigators should describe the connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014. Preference is given to research focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Researchers working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply.

Eligibility: Participation in this program is limited to faculty (professorial and research) at MSGC-affiliated institutions.  Member institutions (and individuals) are not limited to one proposal.

Merit: The merit of the proposal will be judged based on these criteria:

  • Clarity of the plan for building the NASA bridge to community colleges and improving STEM career outcomes for community college students
  • Alignment with NASA strategic interests
  • Strength of the proposal in demonstrating that the community college partner significantly incorporates underserved populations
  • Number of students within those populations that the program is expected to impact
  • Relationship between budget and statement of activities
  • Quality of the evaluation plan
  • Creativity and innovativeness

Use of funds: Funding can be used for salary, stipends, fringes, research supplies and services, and domestic travel.  MSGC funds cannot be applied toward foreign travel or the purchase of equipment.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is: tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per -unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. See also §§200.12 Capital assets, 200.20 Computing devices, 200.48 General purpose equipment, 200.58 Information technology systems, 200.89 Special purpose equipment, and 200.94 Supplies.

Cost sharing: No cost sharing is required for this program nor will cost-sharing impact decisions regarding awards.  If cost-sharing is offered, the source of matching funds must be non-federal, identified, and confirmed by a letter from an individual with appropriate authority.  Information about allowable cost-sharing can be found in 2 CFR §200.306 and 2 CFR 1800.306.

Indirect costs (IDC):  IDC is allowed, but consideration should be given to the fact that IDC will lower the funding available for the program and decrease the unrecovered funds that can be applied for cost sharing.

Application Requirements

Approval from the Office of Research (if not UM) and the MSGC Campus Representative on the applicant’s campus is required prior to submission of an application to MSGC.  

Applications must be submitted online.  The proposal, which must be uploaded as a single pdf, should include the following. Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font.

  • Program description, including the following.  Limit:  4 pages.  
    • An abstract (not to exceed 150 words).
    • Community overview – describe the community that the community college serves, including demographics.
    • Strategic goal of the project and specific objectives within that goal.
    • Scope of the program – Describe what will be done in this program and how it relates to the objectives.
    • A timeline for the program, from implementation to completion, focusing on milestones.  Include information about when effort is expected to occur – summer, academic year, or both.
    • If partnering with one or more specific institutions, include information regarding the nature of the collaboration.
  • Detailed budget, using the budget and justification template
  • Budget narrative and details that substantiates costs.  The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds (both NASA and cost-shared) to align with the proposed project/s. Direct Labor costs shall be separated by titles (e.g. professor, student, etc.) with estimated rates and total amounts of each.  Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Other costs shall also shall be explained in reasonable detail and substantiated whenever possible. The certified negotiated indirect costs for the institution shall be explained sufficiently. The same shall be done for cost-shared funds.  No page limit.
  • Biographical information for the PI. Page limit: 1 page.
  • List of significant publications. Limit: 1 page.
  • List of grants.  Note grants received in the last five years and grants pending.  Limit: 2 pages.
  • Letter from the designated signer from the institution’s Office of Research verifying approval of the proposal (not required for UM because it is lead institution)..
  • If applicable (not required), letter/s from authorized individual/s regarding commitment/s of the non-federal cost sharing.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

A final report is required by May 31, 2021, giving a complete description of the activities funded by the MSGC Community College Collaboration Program award/s. Content in this report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter, Frontiers.  Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder. The MSGC Program Manager will work with the applicant to see (college) student data uploaded into a secure folder as well. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may not be emailed.  The following pdfs may be downloaded for complete reporting information:

Details at a Glance

  • Awards $400.00 maximum for conferences and workshops $200.00 maximum for materials and supplies
  • Funding period:  Available throughout the year.
  • Award disbursement:  Approximately one month after submission of application

Program Description

The MSGC K-12 Educator Incentive Program is designed to

  • encourage teachers to engage in STEM educational enhancement activities, such as conferences and workshops, related to mathematics, science, and technology.
  • purchase materials and supplies for innovative instructional initiatives.

Preference is given to activities directly related to NASA strategic interests, including aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Activities in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible for consideration.  Women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Eligibility:  This program is open to participation from K-12 educators throughout the state who are currently teaching in a traditional classroom.

Merit:  Applications will be deemed worthy as long as they meet the criteria above and funds are available.

Use of funds:  Funding can be used for curricular supplies and domestic travel

Cost sharing:  Matching funds are not currently being required. If cost sharing can be provided, please include a signed letter noting the details.

Application Requirements

Synthesize the four components below into a single pdf and email to mispacegrant@umich.edu. Submit separate proposals if applying for both conference/workshops and supplies. The application package consists of:

1. Submit application on Submittable.

2. A description of the activity the applicant wishes to engage in, relevant dates, the amount of funding being requested, how the activity supports Michigan Space Grant Consortium’s mission, and the source of any cost share funds that may be offered.

3. Dated letter of support on school letterhead from the principal of the school where the teacher is employed.  Limit:  1 page.  It must include

  • a statement of support for the curricular materials or professional development opportunity sought by the teacher
  • a statement that the teacher will be spending, from their own personal funds, at least the amount of money that MSGC provides for the stated curricular materials or professional development experience, assuring that the MSGC funds will be reimbursing the teacher for that cost.
  • the principal’s signature.

4. Applicant’s biographical information (resume).  Limit: 1 page

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

The following will be required within 6 months of the date the teacher expends the funds…

  • A narrative report that describes
    • steps that were implemented in your classroom as a result of the curricular materials and/or conference.
    • a description of the impact
  • If possible, an image that can be used in promotional materials.  A picture of children in the classroom engaging in related activities would be optimal. Permissions would be required.
  • Receipts or a credit card statements (personal/private information redacted except name) summing to at least the award amount and showing payments for curricular materials and/or conference.  Eligible expenses for conferences include meals (no alcohol), lodging, transportation, registration fees, and substitute teacher fees.
Michigan Space Grant Consortium