NASA SD Space Grant Consortium ‘Project Innovation Grant’

Posted on: May 11, 2023   |   Categories: Announcements, NASA EPSCoR, News & Updates
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To identify and stimulate new educational capabilities in the state, the SD Space Grant Consortium (SDSGC) is soliciting proposals for its Project Innovation Grant (PIG) program.

View the Project Innovation Grant proposal guidelines

Objective of PIGs is to provide seed funding for meritorious projects that:

  1. Focus on one or more of the following program areas:
    • Higher Education (Research included)
    • Precollege Education
    • Informal Education
  2. Align with NASA Mission Directorate research priorities and/or NASA Center Areas of Interest — see Appendices A.1 – A.5
  3. Show potential to develop into long-term, sustainable programs.

Preference will be given to proposals that:

  1. Align with one or more of NASA’s current priority education areas:
    • Effective K-12 STEM teacher education (especially middle-school level)
    • Undergraduate STEM education (especially retention and engagement in hands-on, NASA-related activities)
    • Serving groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields, such as Native Americans and women
  2. Include one or more of the following:
    • Mission-driven authentic STEM experiences
    • Evidence-based practices
    • Diversity and inclusion
    • Scalability through partnerships and networks
  3. Include components associated with the following SDSGC interests:
    • NASA competitive student teams/challenges such as high-altitude ballooning, CubeSats, etc.
    • Projects involving work with or at USGS EROS and/or SURF
    • Artemis mission projects
    • NASA Citizen Science programs

View list of successful PIG proposal titles, amounts, and organizations from 2006-Present.

Project Timeframe: These funds may be used to fund one-year PIG projects during the period of Feb. 23, 2024, through Feb. 22, 2025.

Funding Information

  • The FY2024 Congressional and National Space Grant budgets are currently unclear, but up to ~$100,000 might be expected to be available to fund PIG projects from SDSGC’s FY2024 budget
  • One-year projects may request between $1,000 – $40,000
  • Matching (non-federal cost-sharing) is required at a rate of 1:1 (NASA:Match)
  • All FY2024 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2024 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2024 Space Grant funding from NASA.


  • All 27 affiliate organizations within the SDSGC are eligible to submit proposals. View a list of the Consortium’s membership.
  • Pursuant to NASA Space Grant requirements, any student(s) receiving direct NASA Space Grant funding support under a PIG project must be of U.S. citizenship, although the PI or co-I submitting the proposal need not be of U.S. citizenship provided they are not receiving a NASA Internship or Fellowship under the Space Grant Program.

Due Date

  • Proposals must be received by August 31, 2023. Award notifications are anticipated to be made by October 31, 2023.

Proposal Submission

PIG Proposals must be submitted to SDSGC Deputy Director Tom Durkin via email at as a single-file attachment in either PDF or Word format and received by August 31, 2023. Late or incomplete proposals will not be accepted.


Thomas V. Durkin
Deputy Director
South Dakota Space Grant Consortium
SD School of Mines & Technology
501 E. Saint Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701

(605) 394-1975