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BIG Idea Challenge by NASA

Posted on: August 9, 2021   |   Categories: Announcements, NASA EPSCoR, News & Updates
Nasa Big Idea Challenge

Engaging Universities in NASA’s Mission to Develop Space Exploration Technologies: Extreme Terrain Access for Mobility Platforms

The NASA Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, develop, and demonstrate robotic systems with alternative rover locomotion modalities for use in off-world extreme lunar terrain applications. Open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students at accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities officially affiliated with their state’s Space Grant Consortium.

This competition is intended to be an open innovation challenge with minimal constraints so that proposing teams can genuinely create and develop out-of-the-box solutions. Read more.

Eligibility: The BIG Idea Challenge is open to teams of between five and 25 undergraduate and graduate students at accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities officially affiliated with their state’s Space Grant Consortium. Non-Space Grant affiliated colleges/universities may partner with a Space Grant affiliated academic institution who takes a primary role on the project (i.e., the Space-Grant affiliated university must submit the proposal on behalf of the joint team). Teams are also encouraged to collaborate with industry partners.

Funding: A wide range of award sizes is expected (in the range of $50-$180K), depending on the scope of the work proposed. NASA anticipates funding several larger-scope awards (typically $125-$180K) and several smaller-scope awards (typically $50K – $124K). Proposers are encouraged to request what is actually needed to conduct the proposed work.

Notice of Intent Deadline: Friday, Sept. 24, 2021

For details and application instructions, see:

For further information, contact:

Edward F. Duke, Director
South Dakota NASA EPSCoR
Edward.Duke@sdsmt.edu