Mini-grants

Overview: The PSGC provides funding for affiliates and other commonwealth institutions of higher education to continue, expand, or develop new programming.  Please reference the Mini-Grant Proposal Guidelines, Cover Sheet, and the Budget Template for more information.

At this time we are considering proposals for awards in three program areas:

  • Higher education: projects that benefit the student directly. Funding for these projects may include: student support, fellowships and scholarships, materials and supplies for a student project, and student travel.
  • Research infrastructure: programs that benefit the institution and its research efforts. Funding for these projects may include: limited graduate student support (for a summer or one semester), limited support for a recent Ph.D. recipient (less than 4 months), support for an early-career faculty, and/or materials and supplies when appropriate.
  • Pre-college: K-12 programs and activities that enhance and broaden the knowledge of both the students and teachers. Funding may include support for teacher preparation and enhancement, curriculum development, and student opportunities.

A proposal can include one program area or can be a combination of two or more areas. PSGC will accept proposals on a rolling basis, but project efforts must be completed by April 30, 2020.

To satisfy NASA’s grant matching requirements, the total award amount must be matched by at least 1:1 by the proposing institution with non-federal funds in either cash, in-kind support, or both. Salary and waived/contributed indirect (F&A) are the most common forms of cost-share. NOTE: Upon completion of the project, the project PI must submit a signed report documenting the institution’s contributions to the committed cost sharing.

Mini-grants will be awarded based upon merit and funding availability as the current prime award period of performance ends in spring 2020. Mini-grant budgets must include detailed justification and cannot exceed $10,000. Proposals must be in alignment with NASA SMART Goals and NASA Education Outcomes. Ideally, efforts also will align with one or more priorities of NASA’s Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology.