Seed 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 Seed Grant Proposal Guidelines and the Seed Grant Budget Template for more information.

At this time we have three program areas where we are considering awards:

  • Higher education: projects that benefit the student directly. Funding for these projects includes; 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 includes; limited graduate student support (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, and includes teacher preparation and enhancement, curriculum development, and student opportunities.

A proposal can be in one particular program area, or can be a combination of two or more areas.

Proposals will be awarded based upon merit and funding availability. We expect budgets to range from $3,000 – $10,000. We will accept proposals on a rolling basis. Proposals must be in alignment with NASA SMART Goals and NASA Education Outcomes.