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NASA Sponsored Competitions

Announcement of Opportunity 2018-2019

  Fall Applications Spring Applications*
Applications Open: October 2, 2018 December 22, 2018
Application Deadline: November 13, 2018 February 5, 2019
Award Announcement Week: December 14, 2018 March 8, 2019

*WSGC will not be accepting Spring Applications due to the number of applications received during the Fall solicitation.

NASA Sponsored Competitions Announcement of Opportunity 

Awards:  An academic affiliate institution can only request funding for one team per NASA competition (maximum $3000).

Project Awards:  Up to $3,000* per project
Travel Awards:  $500 per person or $3,000* per school

* Based on availability of funds. 

Purpose:  The WSGC encourages teams from Academic Affiliates to participate in NASA-sponsored competitions.  These opportunities are competitive in nature, involve a NASA center, and require a NASA-managed selection process. Competitions include, but are not limited to:  HASP, Micro-G/NExT, Robotic Mining, RockSat, and X-Hab.  Each competition has its own application process. This announcement pertains only to the process by which teams can request WSGC funding to support participation in a NASA-sponsored competition.  

To Apply:

Application Requirements:  To apply for this project or travel award, the team’s faculty advisor must register and apply online at  and meet the following minimum requirements:

  • Principal investigator and funded students must be U.S. Citizens (NASA Policy updated October 2018).
  • Only students currently enrolled in a WSGC college or university affiliate must comprise the team and be registered with WSGC under the Student Professional Programs
  • Minimum 25% Institutional Match
  • Completed application online
  • Accepted into a NASA-sponsored program
  • Student team attends and presents project status at the 29th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference
  • Submit a Proceeding Paper to the Annual Proceedings of the 29th Annual Wisconsin Space Conference


Supporting Materials Required with Application:

  1. Maximum two-page statement containing the following (See Tools & Tips for more information on how to create professional communications):
    1.      A clear, concise account of your reasons for seeking this funding
    2.      A description of the project your team proposed to compete in the NASA competition
  2. 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 25% 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 25% project match.

The Consortium invites applications for NASA Competitions for the 2018-2019 academic year. The Consortium especially encourages applications from members of minority groups, women, and persons with disabilities, and from those pursuing interdisciplinary aerospace studies in, but not limited to, engineering, the sciences, architecture, law, business, nursing, and medicine. Team award winners will be chosen based on academic performance, space-related promise, and the application. Application forms must be completed for each program and be accompanied by supporting documentation. All awards are contingent on formal acceptance in a NASA team-based competition.

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:


  • Institution W9
  • Invoice
  • Intended and Verified Program Match Form
  • Summary Report including Final Budget
  • List of Student Participants

All Advisors/Participants

  • Award Agreement Letter
  • Media Release Form
  • One-Paragraph Biography
  • Professional Photo

All Team Members

  • Present project at the Annual Wisconsin Space Conference in August
  • Submit a Proceeding Paper by Sept. 15th to the Proceedings of the Wisconsin Space Journal
  • 2-3 Project Photos

If you have questions about the NASA Competition Program, please contact:

Christine Bolz
Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium
Assistant Director
Phone: 262-551-2120

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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