K-12 Professional Development Program

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


The goal of the NC Space Grant K-12 Professional Development Program is to provide funding to initiate and carry out professional development and training for pre-service, in-service, and/or informal educators. Funded programs will have the primary goal of better equipping North Carolina educators to inspire the future science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce to pursue education and careers in aerospace-related fields.

The K-12 Professional Development Program will consider proposals that utilize the STEM content of NASA's missions to:

  • Develop, promote, or utilize new, innovative, and replicable approaches to improving STEM learning and instruction;
  • Provide experiences and activities that are grounded in education research or utilize evidence-supported approaches, techniques, and tools; and
  • Build linkages and connections to and from secondary education and higher education and informal education communities.

NC Space Grant has allocated a total of $20,000 to provide between 2-6 awards in the K-12 Professional Development 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 $10,000 is requested from NC Space Grant, then $10,000 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 Program Announcement).

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.

Time Line

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 5, 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 7, 2013. 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

Anitcipated 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)