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Higher Education Incentives

Announcement of Opportunity 2019-2020



Applications Open: October 25, 2019
Submission Deadline: December 4, 2019
Award Announcements: February 21, 2020

Announcement of Opportunity 2020

 UW Whitewater, 2018


Multi-institutional Awards**:  up to $20,000
Major Awards: up to $10,000
Minor Awards:  up to $5,000 

*Based on availability of funds. 
**Projects demonstrating collaboration between two- and four-year campuses or multiple four-year campuses will be eligible for the multi-institutional award.

Purpose:  The Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium invites proposals for value-added, higher education teaching/training projects related to any space or aerospace discipline. This is a seed-grant program for faculty implemented undergraduate education projects which support the most innovative ideas on how to increase the space and aerospace content of undergraduate university and college offerings.

See list of current and past award recipients

Projects should: 

  • have an emphasis on space sciences, aerospace engineering, or any other space-related discipline or interdisciplinary STEM field.
  • be intended for education and/or training of undergraduate students, with an emphasis on faculty enhancement and curriculum development in undergraduate education.
  • align with the NASA Mission Directorates (For more information on NASA Directorates, see

To Apply: 

Application Requirements:

  • Students funded through this grant must be U.S. Citizens.
  • WSGC affiliate member universities or colleges are eligible. Industry, nonprofit associations, and nonmembers can propose programs and work jointly with one of our academic members, providing the educational activity occurs at a member campus (e.g., visiting lectureship, an extension course, nonprofit group offering).
  • Higher Education Incentives must align with at least one of NASA’s Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations, Science, and/or Space Technology.
  • The Consortium especially encourages applications from women, minorities and persons with disabilities.
  • Minimum 1:1 match

Current & Past Award Recipients

Supporting Material Required with Application:  Submit a proposal addressing each of the seven categories listed below. Be sure to clearly label each category within the proposal. The proposal should not exceed 15 pages, including figures (see the Announcement of Opportunity for specific details):

  1. Introduction/Summary
  2. Background
  3. Proposed Activities
  4. Evaluation Plan
  5. Time Line/Schedule
  6. Grant Proposal Budget Template Form 2020
  7. Personnel

Award Acceptance Requirements:  As part of the award acceptance, awardees will be asked to attend the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference as outlined in the award agreement and submit the following documents on the WSGC application website under Program Applications/Your Applications:

  • Award Agreement Letter
  • Institution W9
  • Media Release Form
  • One-Paragraph Biography
  • PI Professional Photo
  • Quarterly Invoice with Receipt Copies
  • Verified Program Match Form
  • Office of Education Survey must be completed by December 15, 2020
  • Interim Report (if period of performance is greater than 6 months)
  • Summary/Final Report (due 30 days after the project end date)
  • Present project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
  • 2-3 project photos featuring faculty/students

Please direct questions about the Higher Education Incentives Program to:

Christopher Stockdale, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Higher Education
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Assistant Chair, Associate Professor, Department of Physics 
Marquette University
Phone: 414-288-7069
Fax: 414-288-7790

Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Carthage College
2001 Alford Park Drive
Kenosha, WI 53140
Phone: 262-551-6054

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This funding opportunity is made available for the pursuit of space-related research and/or activities through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program: NASA Training Grant #NNX15AJ12H. Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) number for this award is 43.008. Award recipients are subject to the terms of this award.

All awards are fully competitive awards of opportunity in which applications are reviewed by the WSGC Technical Advisory Panel and other experts as needed. Awards are made by the Assistant Director based on recommendations from the Associate Director.

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