Informal Education and Public Outreach Program
Request for Proposals
Proposals will be accepted through Feb 24, 2012.


The overall goal of the NC Space Grant Informal Education and Public Outreach Program is to increase interest in and understanding of STEM disciplines by inspiring and engaging individuals of all ages throughout North Carolina.

The Informal Education and Public Outreach Program will consider proposals that utilize the STEM content of NASA’s missions to:

Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to: exhibits (permanent, traveling, or virtual), STEM programming serving educators, students, and the general public, partnerships with informal education providers (e.g., youth groups, after-school programs); staff professional development, informal education programs; curriculum support for informal science education, technology development, or activities that are culturally focused on targeted populations, such as women and minorities.

NC Space Grant anticipates making up to 2 to 3 awards with the maximum individual award of up to $5,000 for a one year period of performance (July 1, 2012 - June 30, 2013). Proposing institutions are required to provide 100% cost-matching (1:1) using non-federal funds. In other words, if $5,000 is requested from NC Space Grant, then $5,000 must be provided as match. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, or overhead) costs are not allowed.


Competition is open to individuals at NC Space Grant Affiliate member institutions. Individuals must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator at their respective institution and be U.S. citizens. Permanent residents, foreign nationals and resident aliens may apply for funding but with budget restrictions (see Section IV.E.).

U.S. public/private schools, school districts, museums, and other not-for-profit educational organizations may apply through partnership with the lead organization. NC Space Grant encourages proposals from females, members of underrepresented minority groups, and persons with disabilities. Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator.

Program Announcement   Download PDF

Proposals Submissions and Deadline Dec 15, 2011 - Feb 24, 2012

Original Hardcopy Submission and Deadline The original proposal with all required signatures must arrive at NC Space Grant by March 1, 2012. Late or incomplete submissions may not be considered.
Hard copy submissions should be sent via FedEx or UPS to:

Dr. Chris Brown, Director
North Carolina Space Grant
NCSU - Engineering Building III
911 Oval Drive, Room 3002
Raleigh, NC 27606

Expected Award Announcement April 15, 2012

Awards Begin July 1, 2012*

  *contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding

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