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Education Enhancement (EE) Grants

Grants to Montana IHE Faculty Members and
Professionals to Improve STEM Education

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Montana Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)

Deadline Date:

10/12/17 5:00 PM MT


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Grants of up to $50,000 to Montana faculty members and professionals affiliated with funding source member IHEs for significant improvements to STEM education. Proposals should improve educational resources and programs for K-12 and university-level students. Strong preference will be given to projects that connect to NASA mission, NASA Center, and/or NASA Mission Directorate priorities.

The National Space Grant Program goals are:
-Promote a strong science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education base from elementary through secondary levels while preparing teachers in these grade levels to become more effective at improving student academic outcomes.
-Establish and maintain a national network of universities with interests and capabilities in aeronautics, space and related fields.
-Encourage cooperative programs among universities, aerospace industry, and Federal, state and local governments.
-Encourage interdisciplinary training, research and public service programs related to aerospace.
-Recruit and train U.S. citizens, especially women, underrepresented minorities, and persons with disabilities, for careers in aerospace science and technology.

As a NASA higher education program, MSGC places higher priority on proposals that address university/college level education, including pre- and in-service education and training of K-12 educators. Proposals involving curriculum changes or additions should provide clear documentation of support for the proposed project change by appropriate administrators (department heads, deans, etc.). Proposals for course development or modifications must be accompanied by an explanation of why funds are not available from other sources, such as the home institution.

Education Enhancement Grants are awarded competitively within the state through internal review of proposals. Emphasis is on "product" or "value added"; MSGC will not fund "improvements" which require continuing Consortium funding to maintain their existence.

Educational Enhancement proposals should clearly show how the proposed funding and program will substantially enhance space-related science, math, and engineering education in the state of Montana. Proposals in which it can be demonstrated that the new programs or enhancements created will be able to continue into the future without continuing Space Grant funding will be favored.

At least one Education Enhancement or Montana NASA EPSCoR Research Initiation award will be set aside for smaller Montana campuses. “Smaller” means any member campus other than MSU- Bozeman and UM-Missoula. The purpose of this reserve fund is to encourage proposals from institutions that might not normally feel competitive against the large research schools. Funding successful seed projects at smaller campuses is a goal of Space Grant and NASA EPSCoR.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162121

Estimated Size of Grant:

Budget requests are allowed up to $50,000 total, including appropriate F&A or indirect costs. Smaller budget requests increase fundability.

Term of Contract:

Awards are for one year, but may be renewed if further development and goals are proposed.

MSGC can accommodate start dates as early as January 2018 (ending December 2018). Proposals should state the desired start date. Typically, no-cost extensions are allowed up to one year.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty or appropriate professionals at MSGC member campuses are eligible to apply.

View the list of Consortium member campuses at:

Those who have held Montana Space Grant Consortium funding for Educational Enhancement activities in the past are eligible to apply for new or significantly expanded project funding. Proposals which seek to use continued funding to simply maintain programs created with Montana Space Grant Consortium funding in previous years are not encouraged.

Pre-Application Information:

Due to stiff MSGC cost share requirements, all EE proposals must still include at least 1:1 non-federal cost share for requested NASA/MSGC funds.

MSGC offers assistance to those who don’t have experience in proposal writing. Assistance includes refining proposal ideas, proposal preparation, and budget planning.

Campus Clearance and Certification: All investigators are required to advise the appropriate administrator and/or department head on their campus of their plans by submitting a copy of the proposal to them. All proposals must include a campus proposal clearance form complete with signatures including budget approval and certification of non-federal cost share by your campus research office. The form should be an electronic copy attached to the primary submission.

The proposal submission deadline is Thursday, October 12th, 2017 by 5:00 PM Mountain Time.

Contact Information:

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

Proposals must be uploaded as a single PDF file at:

Use password “MSGC-MNE-2018” to access the application.

For questions, contact:

Chris Harmon, Program Coordinator
(406) 994-4223

Angela Des Jardins, Director
(406) 994-4223

Physical Office Location:
416 Cobleigh Hall
Montana State University

Office Mailing Address:
PO Box 173835
Montana State University
Bozeman, MT 59717

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Montana