NASA SD Space Grant Consortium ‘Project Innovation Grant’

Posted on: September 2, 2020   |   Categories: Announcements, NASA EPSCoR, News & Updates
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Project Innovation Grant solicitation

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.

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 2006-20.

Project Timeframe: These funds may be used to fund one-year or two-year PIG projects, as follows:

  • One-Year Projects: Feb. 23, 2021, through Feb. 22, 2022
  • Two-Year Projects: Feb. 23, 2021, through Feb. 22, 2023

Funding Information

  • Up to $238,000 available to fund PIG projects from SDSGC’s FY2021 and FY2022 budgets
  • One-year projects may request between $1,000 – $40,000
  • Two-year projects may request between $1,000 – $80,000
  • Matching (non-federal cost-sharing) is required at a rate of 1:1 (NASA:Match)
  • All FY2021-22 awards are contingent upon U.S. Congressional approval of the 2021 and 2022 federal budget and the availability and receipt of FY2021-22 Space Grant funding from NASA.
  • Funding for two-year projects – Year 2 funding will be contingent upon the “Year 1 Interim Progress Report” described below under the Completion and Report section. Funding for FY21 and FY22 is provided from two different NASA grants with different dates of coverage. Thus, PIG funding for two-year projects will consist of two phases. Funding of Year 2 is contingent upon: 1) progress at the end of Year 1 toward achieving overall project objectives, and 2) availability of Year 2 funds from NASA.
    • NOTE: Although SDSGC has already submitted its FY2021-22 Space Grant proposed budgets to NASA at the dollar amounts referenced in the NASA solicitation, the certainty of the dollar amount appropriated for Space Grant by Congress two years from now (FY22) is less than the certainty of currently-anticipated FY21 amounts, due to potential coronavirus-related national budget impacts. Thus, the $238,000 currently anticipated as being available to fund PIG projects over the two-year period could end up being lower or higher depending on FY22 Congressional appropriations. PI’s should keep that in mind if submitting a two-year PIG proposal, such that when planning Year 2 activities, you have a built-in reduction option if Year 2 funding must be reduced. For one-year proposals, this caveat does not apply.


  • All 23 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 December 15, 2020. Award notifications are anticipated to be made by February 16, 2021.

View full details in the Proposal Guidelines.

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 December 15, 2020. Late 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