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Aerospace Outreach Program

Announcement of Opportunity 2018-2019

Applications Open:  August 18, 2018
Submission Deadline: October 9, 2018
Award Announcements: December 7, 2018

Awards:  Up to $5,000* per year.
* Based on availability of funds.

Purpose:  To provide planning grants and supplemental grants for new or ongoing projects which have space-related content.

Aerospace Outreach Program Announcement of Opportunity
Central High School Aviation Club (Jim Senft, 2018)

Projects should:

  1. Raise the level of exposure and interest of K-12 teachers, students, and the general public in space, aerospace, and space-related science, design, or technology and its potential benefits; and/or increase interes:t, recruitment, experience and training of pre-college students in the pursuit of space- or aerospace-related science, design, or technology.
  2. Demonstrate self-sustaining and/or replicable capabilities.
  3. Clearly meet the 2018-2019 outreach goal: Improve the STEM pipeline by including female, underserved and/or underrepresented students/teachers in the project. Projects should seek to reflect Wisconsin’s 2010 census data.

To Apply:

Application Requirements:  Applicants who meet the following requirements can apply for this grant by registering and applying online at

  • U.S. Citizens (NASA Policy updated October 2018)
  • Any established organization (e.g. K-12 and higher education schools, aerospace industries, government agencies, non-profit aerospace associations, etc.)
  • A 1:1 match

Current & Past Award Recipients

Supporting Materials Required with Application:  The proposal must address each of the five categories listed below. Be sure to clearly number and label each category within the proposal.

1. Sponsoring Organization Information: Provide demographic information for the sponsoring organization.

2. Goals and Value of Project: In 1-2 pages, describe the goals of the new project or the enhancement of an existing project, how it fits into the organization’s scope, and the value of the project to the participants/recipients. State how the project’s goals align with the goals of the Aerospace Outreach Program. Specifically state how the project will:

  • Support STEM education innovation that embraces the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics and/or Wisconsin’s Model Academic Standards for Science, by raising the level of exposure and interest of K-12 teachers, students, and the general public in space, aerospace, and space-related science, design, or technology and its potential benefits; increase interest, recruitment, experience and training of pre-college students in the pursuit of space- or aerospace-related science, design, or technology.
  • Demonstrate self-sustaining and/or replicable capabilities. (If this is or will be an on-going project, describe whether and how it might become self-sustaining. How can this project be shared with others interested in starting a like project?)
  • Demonstrate how the project meets the 2018-2019 specific goal:  Improve the STEM pipeline by including female, under-served and/or underrepresented teachers/students in the project.  Projects should seek to reflect Wisconsin’s 2010 census data.

   Detail how this project aligns with the goals of one or more NASA Directorates or Centers.   Please be specific (Aeronautics Research, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, Science, Science Technology, Other). WSGC is required to demonstrate the alignment of each of our projects with NASA Directorate or Center goals, proposals that do not demonstrate such alignment will not be funded. If this proposal focuses on NASA precollege education, state how the proposal ties with national or state education standards for STEM:  Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics. If this project focuses on NASA informal education, which seeks to enhance the capabilities of individuals and the informal education communities, state how this proposal will provide stimulating experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics outside the directed learning of a classroom. 

3. Description of Anticipated Participants: In 500 words or less, please address the number of anticipated direct and indirect participants, education level break out, how they will be selected, and provide available demographic and numeric information on women, underrepresented minorities, and people with disabilities. Include in this 500 word description the location of the project, organizations assisting the proposing agency, and project participants.

4. Discussion of the Project: In less than three pages, discuss the proposed project in sufficient detail that the reviewers may ascertain its chance of success. The following should be noted specifically:

  1. Work plan
  2. Project classification: Identify project as NASA Pre-College Education Program or NASA Informal Education Program
  3. Schedule: Please include teacher, student, and/or community engagement dates when applicable.
  4. # of handouts, hands-on activities, events
  5. Self-evaluation criteria, including data on any resulting student interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematical (STEM) careers. Long-term data is preferred, especially for programs that have received previous funding.
  6. Types of presentations and/or papers which will be a by-product of this project.
  7. Special facilities needed, and special supporting personnel or organizations
  8. Any history prior results on the project and the planning status to date 

5. Budget/Use of Funds: Describe in detail the use of the funds for the proposed project, then estimate the total project costs (direct costs only), and other contributor(s) and their contributed match amount(s) in the following format:

Budget Item




Be specific under this column

Salaries and Fringe**
(Faculty, Students, Other)

Annual Wisconsin Space Conference (travel/presentation)***

Supplies and Expense****

Indirect Costs








$  XX.xx

$  XX.xx


$  XX.xx

$  XX.xx



$  XX.xx

$   XX.xx




  *A minimum 1:1 match is required. Add more match columns if there is more than one source of matching funds. Indicate the source of each match.
**Salaries and Fringe budgets should include the following details:  name/position, number of hours, hourly rate, and fringe calculation rates. 
***WSGC financially supports travel to and from the Wisconsin Space Conference only if expenses are included in this budget proposal.  Travel details should include purpose, location and duration.
****WSGC will not fund overhead; however, it may be counted as part of the organization’s 1:1 project match.
*****The proposed budget should be established for a 9-month funding period, with all invoices submitted to WSGC within a one-year period from the award date.  

   NASA (WSGC is a NASA-funded organization) does not accept the purchase of capital items as reasonable use of funds for this program.  Consult the applicant’s institutional policies on what constitutes a capital purchase. Visits by active astronauts cannot be funded as these visits are generally arranged through the Astronaut Office and are typically free of charge to the requesting organization. Field trips will only be considered as a minor component of a project, and only if they are necessary to the project goals.  

Award Acceptance Components:  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
  • Professional Photo
  • Quarterly Invoices with Supporting Documentation
  • Verified Program Match Form
  • Interim Report 
  • Office of Education Survey 
  • 2-3 project photos
  • Summary Report
  • Present project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference 
  • Alumni Story

Please direct questions about the Aerospace Outreach Program to:

Karin Borgh, Ph.D.
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Associate Director for Aerospace Outreach
BioPharmaceutical Technology Center Institute
Phone: 608-277-2508
Fax: 608-273-6992

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.

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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