National Aeronautics and Space Administration
By: U.S. Department of Education
NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement’s Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) is seeking proposals from Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to strengthen and develop research capacity and infrastructure through the MUREP Space Technology Artemis Research funding opportunity (M-STAR). This initiative supports NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and seeks to expand and foster MSI participation in research and technology development aligned with the requirements of future NASA missions to the Moon, Mars, and beyond. M-STAR offers MSIs, such as Historically Black Colleges and Universities, up to $300,000 per year for 3 years; up to $900,000 over the period of performance. Full proposal and virtual information session details can be found here. The M-STAR 2023 solicitation is live, closing April 10th
Below are the latest updates on NASA opportunities for HBCUs and Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) community from NASA’s MSI Engagement Team. If you would like to invite your colleagues to receive this newsletter, encourage them to register here.
Highlights in This Issue
- Save the Date: April 18-20: NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour, University of Central Florida in Orlando
Training and Events
- The NASA HBCU/MSI Technology Infusion Road Tour will be hosted on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. The event will feature presentations from NASA Mission Directorates, the Office of Procurement, prime contractors, MSIs and other key collaborators to highlight NASA’s efforts to build competitiveness at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). Save the date: April 18-20. More details will follow.
- Have You Created Your NSPIRES Profile Yet? NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and create an account. Need assistance setting up your account? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Engagement Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS 2023) is Now Available! EONS opportunities are announced via the NASA Solicitation and Proposal Integrated Review and Evaluation System (NSPIRES) website and Grants.gov and prospective proposers are required to be registered on NSPIRES. Visit the EONS Grant Forecasting page to view upcoming or newly added opportunities throughout the year.
- New Funding Opportunity! NASA MUREP is seeking proposals from MSIs to strengthen and develop research capacity and infrastructure through the MUREP Space Technology Artemis Research (M-STAR) activity. Click here to access the recording of the February 23 M-STAR Pre-proposal webinar.
- The next M-STAR pre-proposal webinar is scheduled for March 14 from 4:00 – 5:00 pm ET. Please visit the M-STAR landing page for information on how to join. Any changes to this session will be posted on NSPIRES. Proposers are strongly advised to check for updates prior to the call. For general inquiries, please contact: NASAMSTAR@nasaprs.com The proposal deadline is April 10.
- The MUREP Curriculum Awards (MCA) is open to all MSIs!
- Check the MCA website for full proposal details, FAQs and updates. Proposers are strongly advised to check for updates while the solicitation is open. For general inquiries, please contact: MCA@nasaprs.com. The proposal deadline is May 1.
Calling All Women’s Colleges & Universities! Help NASA engage and retain more women in STEM degrees and careers by leveraging your women-centered experience, expertise, and approach through the brand-new MUREP Women’s Colleges and Universities (WCU) MUREP WCU is a new initiative seeking to address the significant gender gap and disparate experiences of women in STEM in the United States, both in higher education and the workforce. MUREP WCU contributes to NASA’s goals and priorities for STEM engagement by inspiring, training, and equipping women students from groups traditionally underrepresented and underserved in STEM fields with the motivation, knowledge, and skills needed for success in undergraduate and graduate STEM degree programs and afterward in STEM careers.
- The next pre-proposal webinar is scheduled for March 8 at 3:00 pm ET. Visit the MUREP WCU landing page for the info session links, previous pre-proposal webinar recordings and to review the full solicitation. For general inquiries, please contact MUREPWCU@nasaprs.com. Applications are due by April 17.
- NEW! Research Opportunities in Space and Earth Sciences (ROSES) 2023 is open! ROSES is an omnibus solicitation with many individual program elements, each with its own due date(s) and topic(s). From the NSPIRES website, you can view the list of opportunities in Table 2 (organized by due date) or Table 3 (organized by research) including hyperlinks to element descriptions in the Appendices. You can also view the list of open program elements here. Together, these program elements cover the wide range of basic and applied supporting research and technology in space and Earth sciences supported by NASA’s Science Mission Directorate. Visit the SARA ROSES blog for updates, clarifications and amendments. Here are a few of the many ROSES opportunities that are open and forthcoming:
- 39 Early Career Investigator Program in Earth Science
- 15 Heliophysics Innovation in Technology and Science
- 16 Laboratory Analysis of Returned Samples
- 2 Astrophysics Data Analysis
- 6 Fundamental Physics
- 20 SMD Bridge Program
- New Faculty Opportunity! NASA Headquarters has released the Early Career Faculty (ECF) solicitation as an appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) “Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion 2023 (SpaceTech-REDDI-2023) umbrella announcement. Visit the ECF NSPIRES landing page for more information. Notices of Intent are strongly encouraged by March 16. Proposals are due on or before April 13, 2023. Please submit inquiries to email@example.com.
- Have Questions About Applying for NASA Grants? Does the process seem overwhelming? Don’t miss the virtual discussion about how to apply for NASA grants and cooperative agreements! This session is ideal for MSIs that have not received NASA grant or cooperative agreement awards in the past or would like a refresher on the grants and cooperative agreement rules and tools. Representatives from NASA’s granting and policy community will be available to discuss best practices in applying for grant funding, discuss programs relevant to the MSI community, and answer questions about how to apply for NASA grants. Save the date: March 29 at 12:30 – 1:30 ET. Registration and event link to follow. Please email NASA Grant Policy and Compliance with any questions about this event at firstname.lastname@example.org.