K-12 Professional Development Program

Proposals will be accepted through February 24, 2017


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 $35,000 to provide between 5-7 awards ($5,000 maximum) in the K-12 Professional Development program category, with a period of performance of 12 months (July 1, 2016 – June 30, 2017). 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. 


This solicitation is open to NCSG Affiliates, public/private school districts, museums, and other not-for-profit educational organizations.  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 Annoucement).  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) by February 24, 2017.  One complete single electronic file in PDF format is required by the on-line system.  Electronically submitted proposal must contain all required signatures. 

Anitcipated Award Announcement: April 17, 2017

Award Period: July 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018 (12 months) (contingent upon NC Space Grant receipt of NASA funding)



North Carolina Space Grant is a NASA
sponosored program administered by
North Carolina State University.