Program Summary

Program Summary

~The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Science Mission Directorate (SMD), in collaboration with the NASA Office of Education (OE) National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant), is releasing this Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunity (SFRO) for the purpose of providing handson flight project experiences for U.S. institutions of higher education.

This USIP SFRO solicits proposals for an undergraduate student team to design, develop, and fly a science and/or technology investigation relevant to NASA strategic goals and objectives on a sounding rocket, balloon, aircraft, suborbital reusable launch vehicle (sRLV), other commercial suborbital vehicle, or CubeSat launched as a secondary payload on an orbital vehicle (hereafter all carriers will be referred to as suborbital-class platforms).  Proposers are encouraged to incorporate this opportunity within their design classes in order to
develop future scientists, engineers, and project leaders. All proposals submitted in response to  this solicitation must meet the requirements of this solicitation, and they must be implemented by an undergraduate student project team.

Awards: 

  • The cost cap for an investigation awarded by OE is $200K, including the design, development, integration, and testing of the payload; student internships and stipends; and research on key innovative technologies. OE funding is limited to consortia of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (Space Grant). 
  • The cost cap for an investigation awarded by SMD is $100K, including the design, development,  integration, testing of the payload; and student internships. SMD funding is available to all U.S. institutions of higher education

Application Limits

Application Limits

Each institution is allowed to submit one proposal composed solely of students from that institution. One additional proposal will be allowed if the second proposal is composed of a team that has participation from multiple institutions (at least one additional institution). Thus, an institution may only submit two proposals as the lead institution (if one involves another institution). There is no limit on the number of proposals in which an institution may otherwise participate. 

For more info see http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/viewrepositorydocument/cmdocumentid=478807/solicitationId=%7BFABD5D3A-878E-A99F-5D05-87AAD356CC9E%7D/viewSolicitationDocument=1/USIP2015.pdf

 

 

Additional Information

Deadlines

UIC Letter of Intent
September 24, 2015
UIC Internal Competition
TBD
Sponsor Letter of Intent
October 1, 2015
Sponsor Application
November 20, 2015

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent

Letter of Intent (LOI) Form

 

Depending upon the number of LOIs submitted, OVCR might be required to facilitate an internal peer review process to select UIC’s submission(s) to this program.  White paper instructions will distributed to those who have submitted LOIs.

 

Please contact Tony Halford at RDS@uic.edu or 6-7036 with any questions.

 

If an authorized principal investigator is not listed above, please consider the limited competition still open. Contact RDS@uic.edu for further information.