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Curriculum Development Program

Grants to Iowa Faculty at Eligible Institutions for
Innovative University Curricula Related to STEM Education

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Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC)

Deadline Date:

07/13/20 4:00 PM


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Grants of up to $10,000 per course to Iowa faculty at eligible institutions to improve or create innovative university curricula to improve student skills. Funding is intended to incorporate STEM-related curricula into programs that help prepare the future STEM workforce and/or STEM preservice educators. Eligible uses of funds include, but are not limited to: augmenting hands-on instruction, using online and virtual NASA content experiences, using publicly available NASA data, and accelerating the use of digital learning tools. All faculties of ISGC core institutions and academic affiliates are eligible to apply: Drake, ISU, Iowa, UNI, Loras College and Des Moines Area Community College.

Priority will be given to proposals which:

  • are developing curricula supporting transdisciplinary learning and are attempting to develop STEM ecosystems fostering partnerships between educators and industry;
  • collaborate with other ISGC affiliates;
  • recruit females, members of underrepresented minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities.

Projects should focus on activities aligning within any of the four the NASA Mission Directorates:

  • Aeronautics Research (ARMD)
  • Human Exploration and Operations (HEO)
  • Science (SMD)
  • Space Technology (STMD)

Funds may be used to purchase supplies, support faculty or staff release time, support graduate and undergraduate students, or domestic travel related to the course.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162048

Number of Grants:

The ISGC plans to award four projects focused on activities aligning within any of the four NASA Mission Directorates: Aeronautics Research (ARMD), Human Exploration Operations (HEO), Science (SMD), and Space Technology (STMD).

Estimated Size of Grant:

Awards may be funded at $10,000 per course.

Term of Contract:

Awards may be given for a period of performance beginning no sooner than July 20 and ending June 21, 2021.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

All faculty of ISGC core institutions and academic affiliates are eligible to apply: Drake, ISU, Iowa, UNI, Des Moines Area Community College, and Loras College.

All supported individuals (faculty, staff, and students) must be U.S. citizens. Non-U.S. citizens may participate, but cannot receive direct compensation from the award or cost-share funding.

Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator.

Equipment purchases and foreign travel are not permitted. Funds may not be used to support tuition.

Pre-Application Information:

Release date: May 12, 2020
Deadline for submissions: July 13, 2020

Prospective applicants are encouraged to discuss ideas including the tareted mission directorate with Jay Staker, ISGC associate director, to see if ideas fall within the scope of this opportunity.

Proposing institutions are required to provide 125% match (1:1.25) using non-federal funds. Cost-share may be cash or in-kind contributions.

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

Online proposal:

Jay Staker, Associate Director

Iowa Space Grant Consortium
Iowa State University
1234 Howe Hall
537 Bissell Rd.
Ames, IA 50011-1096
Phone: 515-294-3106

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Iowa

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