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Teacher Training Mini-Grants

Grants to Nebraska IHE Faculty and K-12
Teachers for Aerospace Education Training

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Grants of up to $3,000 to Nebraska IHE faculty and staff and K-12 teachers to support teacher training in education related to aerospace and space-exploration. This program seeks to develop curricula and teaching skills that will have the greatest impact in the clasroom. The goal of the program is to improve the quality of aerospace-related education for Nebraska students. Funding is available for innovative programs and projects that will deliver NASA content to K-12 educators.

An eligible project incorporates delivering NASA content such as lesson plans and NASA-developed materials for educators, or utilizes NASA trainers, NASA web-based education platforms (e.g. DLN), etc. in delivering NASA content to educators.

Proposal Evaluation:

Selected projects may be funded at lesser amounts based on the project’s alignment with the goals of the program or due to budget restrictions. The review panel uses a rubric based on NASA priorities for the program. The rubric is available on the NASA Nebraska Space Grant website.

Applicants should respond to the following key criteria in the proposal (criteria are listed in order of importance):
-Unique nature of the project to NASA
-Use of NASA educational materials
-Collaboration with NASA, the aerospace industry, and/or minority-serving institutions
-Promotes or supports diversity initiatives
-Hands-on and training experiences for teachers
-Partnerships among schools and school districts
-Curriculum sharing
-Partnerships among organizations or institutions to benefit the most students
-Cost-share in excess of state requirements

Furthermore, applicants are asked in the application to clearly state the objectives of the project and how they will evaluate against them. Applications should describe key metrics used for program evaluation, including a plan for acquiring and aggregating data to which the pre-award baseline data will be compared.  

It is important to take into account the metrics below which the NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium must achieve.

Metrics the Teacher Training Mini-Grant Program Must Meet or Exceed This Year:
-21% or higher participation of underrepresented students.
-42% or higher participation of female students.
-Support 4 teacher workshops each year that offer NASA content-based education resources or demonstrate how to incorporate NASA resources in the classroom.
-60% of teacher participants surveyed will use the resources from the teacher workshops in their curriculum.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 162131

Estimated Size of Grant:

Applicants may request NASA support in an amount no greater than $3,000.

Term of Contract:

The anticipated funding period is August 1, 2018 - February 28, 2019. It is important to note there are no extensions for these funds due to the grant expiration date. New proposals for funding will need to be made in the subsequent year.

Mini-grants are not intended to be sustaining funding; rather they are intended to support a project or program for one year, allowing the project or program to grow and obtain more permanent funding elsewhere.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

Faculty and staff at participating NASA Nebraska Space Grant college and university affiliates (, and pre-service and in-service teachers in Nebraska are eligible. Other organizations wanting to sponsor a teacher training workshop are also encouraged to apply.

Applicants without NASA content will not be considered for funding.

Unallowable Costs:

NASA Space Grant does not allow the following:
-Foreign travel,
-Giveaways (t-shirts, door prizes, promotional items, etc.),
-Travel for NASA Civil Servants,
-Equipment (items costing more than $5,000 per unit), and
-Supplies totaling more than $3,000.

The following items are only allowed under special circumstances; therefore, they are strongly discouraged:
-Catering for events, and
-General computing supplies (computers, laptops, external hard drives, etc.).

Indirect costs (F&A) and faculty salary costs are not allowable in the request; however, waived (or contributed) indirects and faculty salary may be used as cost-share.

Only U.S. citizens are allowed to receive direct support from the NASA Space Grant program (e.g. salary & travel). Permanent residents are not allowed to receive funding.

Participation, collaboration, or coordination with China or any Chinese-owned company is strictly prohibited on these awards.

Pre-Application Information:

Cost-share may be in-kind or cash, but must be non-federal funds. Applicants are required to provide at least a 1:1.5 match or cost-share. For example, if the request to Space Grant is for $1,000, the applicant needs to provide $1,500 in cost-share. Salary and waived/contributed indirects (F&A) are the most common form of cost-share. Cost-share in excess of the stated requirements will strengthen a proposal. Contact your Sponsored Programs or Business Office for assistance in determining what is allowed at your institution.

Applications are due May 20 for funding period beginning August 1.

Some NASA Education materials including lesson plans, educator guides, video clips, and more can be found at the following website:

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

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