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Grants to USA Non-Profits, Educational Institutions
& Government Agencies to Increase STEM Literacy

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NASA, Science Mission Directorate

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05/04/15 11:59 PM ET


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Grants to USA non-profits, educational institutions, federally funded research facilities and government agencies for collaborative programs that improve science, engineering and mathematics education at all levels. Notices Of Intent are due by March 4, 2015 .

Proposals shall articulate an innovative science education program addressing how the offeror will cooperate with NASA to promote understanding of NASA science, by major discipline (Heliophysics, Earth Science, Planetary Science, and Astrophysics and cross-Divisional activities) in support of SMD Science Education objectives. At a top level, SMD science education objectives are:

• Enable STEM education
• Improve U.S. scientific literacy
• Advance National education goals
• Leverage efforts through partnerships

Proposal emphasis shall be on science education that is based on the science, not on missions as in past practices. Proposals shall clearly articulate how proposed science education programs and activities are enabled by NASA’s research and missions and also how plans will align science education activities to K-12 science education standards (state and/or national) to meet user needs.

The proposed effort shall be designed to primarily serve students, teachers, and lifelong learners in the following categories (presented in no particular order):

• Higher Education
• Undergraduate students in grades 13-14 (non-STEM majors)
• Upper-division, undergraduate students who are underrepresented in STEM disciplines
• Undergraduate and graduate students pursuing STEM education degrees (pre-service teachers)
• K-12 Formal Education
• Elementary and Secondary classroom teachers
• Elementary and Secondary students in grades K-12
• Informal Education
• Educators who work in museums; community-based organizations, e.g., libraries; out-of-school-time; and other informal education settings
• Students and members of the general public within informal education venues
• Home-educated students
• Lifelong learners

It is expected that approximately $20M - $42M will be available per award year to support awards of multiple Cooperative Agreements, although a single award addressing all requirements is not precluded.

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GrantWatch ID#: 151943

Term of Contract:

The Cooperative Agreement(s) will have a nominal five-year period of performance with an option for five additional years. Proposers should assume a performance start date of October 1, 2015.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

NASA welcomes proposals in response to this CAN from all qualified proposers.

Participation is open to all categories of U.S. institutions, including educational industrial, and not-for-profit organizations, Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDC’s), University Affiliated Research Centers (UARCs), NASA Centers including JPL, and other Government agencies.

Proposals from non-U.S. institutions are not solicited.

Pre-proposal Conference:

There will be a virtual pre-proposal Conference held on February 17, 2015, 1:00 PM ET. Call 1-844-467-6272 and give the passcode 665111 to register.

Pre-Application Information:

Notices of Intent are due by March 4, 2015, 11:59 PM ET.

In order to be able to electronically submit an NOI or proposal, all investigators proposing to this CAN must be preregistered in the NASA NSPIRES proposal database system and receive a User ID and password. This includes the PI, as well as all Co-Is or collaborators.

Registration into this proposal data system can be done at Early registration is advised. A Help Desk is available at: (202) 479-9376, or by e-mail at

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Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Kristen Erickson
Science Mission Directorate
NASA Headquarters
300 E Street, SW, Washington, DC 20546

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