NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities

Posted on: September 9, 2019   |   Categories: Announcements, NASA EPSCoR, News & Updates

Appendix Name: NASA Space Technology Graduate Research Opportunities – Fall 2020 (NSTGRO20)

Goal/Intent: NSTGRO is focused on graduate student research and development of advanced and innovative space technologies critical for our Nation to meet its goals to explore and understand the Earth, our solar system, and the universe.

Key Dates: Event


Solicitation release

Sept. 5, 2019

Deadline for submission of proposal

Nov. 5, 2019 at 6 PM ET, 3 PM PT

Selection notification

April 6, 2020 (target)

Deadline for intent to accept

April 27, 2020 (target)

Deadline for submission, by university, of budget with justification and PI CV

May 11, 2020 (target)

Award start date

Aug. 1, 2020 (target)


Points of Contact: See Section 8 – Points of Contact for Inquiries

Summary of Significant Changes:

1. This solicitation – which funds student-developed space technology research projects – replaces the NASA Space Technology Research Fellowships (NSTRF) solicitation. The solicitation has been changed to more accurately reflect the purpose of the resulting grant awards.

2. As an important component of the Agency’s overall space technology portfolio, this annual solicitation is now included as an Appendix to the Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Space Technology Research, Development, Demonstration, and Infusion (SpaceTech–REDDI) solicitation.

3. NSTGRO20 requires university submission of proposals; this is an important change from previous years and requires coordination with both a faculty advisor (who will serve as Principal Investigator on the grant) and an Authorized Organizational Representative of the submitting university. Please see Section 4 – Eligibility Requirements for special instructions for undergraduate students and those not currently in graduate school (i.e., who do not yet know the university where they will be pursuing their graduate studies in fall of 2020).

4. Letters of Recommendation must be included in the single PDF file that is uploaded by the prospective graduate researcher. As a result, Letters of Recommendation are required at the same time as all other proposal components; this is a change from NSTRF19. Letters of Recommendation will not be accepted via email and proposal updates to accommodate late letters will not be permitted.

5. GRE reports/scores are not requested and will not be accepted.

6. The ordering of sections has been changed to more closely align with the requirements of the Uniform Administrative Requirements, Cost Principles, and Audit Requirements for Federal Awards at 2 CFR 200, Appendix I.