Mini-grants

The NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium (PSGC) requests qualified proposals from institutions in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for a competitive mini-grant program.

Through this program, the PSGC provides funding for Affiliate members and other Commonwealth institutions of higher education in support of qualifying proposals to continue, expand, or develop new programming. The PSGC accepts proposals on a rolling basis based on our current grant period of performance. Proposed project efforts may begin in winter 2020, spring 2021, or summer 2021 and should be completed within one year.

At this time the PSGC will consider qualified proposals for awards in each of our three program areas:

  • Higher education: projects that directly benefit students. Funding for these projects may include: student support (limited stipends or wages), 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), limited 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. Award may include support for teacher preparation and enhancement, curriculum development, and student opportunities.

Mini-grants will be awarded based upon merit and funding availability. Award amounts are determined by the depth and breadth of the proposed project at three levels: $6,000, $12,000, and $25,000. All proposed budgets must include detailed justification. Proposals must include S.M.A.R.T. Goals and align with NASA Education Outcomes and one or more priorities of NASA’s Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and Space Technology. Diversity and inclusion is a priority of NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program.

To satisfy NASA’s grant matching requirements, the total PSGC 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 costs (F&A) are the most common forms of cost-share. Upon completion of any PSGC-funded project, the project PI must submit a signed report documenting the institution’s contributions to the committed cost sharing.

Please reference the Mini-Grant Proposal Guidelines and Budget Template for detailed information about the proposal submission process. Your proposal will also require a PSGC cover sheet for submission.

For any questions related to the PSGC mini-grant program, contact us at spacegrant@psu.edu