Mini-grants

Overview: 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.  Please reference the Mini-Grant Proposal Guidelines, Cover Sheet, and the Budget Template for more information.

While the PSGC is still accepting proposals on a rolling basis, we are approaching the end of our current grant period of performance, and funding is very limited. Proposed project efforts must be completed by April 30, 2020.

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 (F&A) are the most common forms of cost-share. NOTE: 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.

At this time the PSGC will consider qualified proposals for awards in two 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.

The PSGC currently has no funding available for projects in our third program area:

  • 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. Mini-grant budgets must include detailed justification. 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.

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