Informal Education / Public Outreach Program

Proposals will be accepted through February 5, 2014.  **Extended due to inclement weather**


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:

  • Promote life-long learning in North Carolina by students, educators, families, and retirees, using NASA-themed STEM and missions through informal education;
  • Build strategic partnerships and linkages between STEM formal and informal education providers that promote STEM literacy and awareness of NASA's mission;
  • Encourage, inspire and engage large and diverse audiences via NASA's contributions to everyday life;
  • Build linkages and connections to and from secondary education and higher education and informal education communities;
  • Improve understanding of NASA's missions, contributions to STEM disciplines, and STEM careers, including faculty in pre-K-12 and higher education settings; and
  • Link and engage providers of informal and formal education, including institutions of higher education, particularly HBCUs, Tribal Colleges, and other minority serving institutions using NASA content through pilot projects that enable educators, parents, retirees, or community leaders to carry the NASA content back to their households, school, after school groups, summer camps, 4-H communities, etc.

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 has allocated a total of $5,000 to provide between 1-3 awards in the Informal Education and Public Outreach program category, with a period of performance of 10 months (April 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015). Proposing institutions are required to provide 100% cost-matching (1:1) using non-federal funds. In other words, if $2,500 is requested from NC Space Grant, then $2,500 must be provided as match. Facilities and Administrative (F&A, or overhead) costs are not allowed.


Competition is open to individuals at active NC Space Grant university 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 Request for Proposals

Proposal Submission and Deadline: Proposals must be submitted online (see RFP for link) by 5:00 PM (EST) on February 3 2014.  **Extension from original due date of 2/3/14 in the RFP**

Original Hardcopy Submission and Deadline: The original proposal with all required signatures must arrive at NC Space Grant by February 5, 2014. 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: March 31, 2014
Award Period: April 1, 2014 to February 1, 2015 (10 months) (contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding)