Community College Collaborative Program Opportunity (C3PO)

Details at a Glance

  • Award Amount: up to $5,000 per program
  • Funding period:  May 10, 2020 – April 30, 2021
  • Apply online:  Applications are now closed. 
  • Submission Deadline:  November 13, 2019 (2020 TBA)
    • NOTE:  By mid-October, faculty members should have communicated with the MSGC Campus Representative at their institution due to processes that need to be completed before a proposal can be approved and submitted to MSGC.
  • Award notification and disbursement: Award recipients will be notified of their selection by early March 2020.  The cost-reimbursable sub-award agreements are expected to arrive at MSGC’s affiliated institutions late spring 2020.

Program Description

MSGC is offering awards for research-oriented programs that incorporate community colleges as partners, specifically community colleges with high percentages of underserved populations, to build a NASA bridge between MSGC and these two-year institutions in Michigan.  Successful applicants will propose creative programs aimed at improving STEM continuation outcomes for community college students interested in careers that align with NASA strategies. This effort will identify and reward innovative and successful models of collaboration between MSGC affiliated institutions and community colleges.  It is acceptable to extend established programs to specifically meet NASA’s Space Grant mission.   Investigators should describe the connection to NASA strategic interests as detailed in NASA Strategic Plan 2014.  Preference is given to research focused on aerospace, space science, and Earth system science.  Researchers working in other related science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, including educational research topics in STEM, are also eligible to apply.

Eligibility: Participation in this program is limited to faculty (professorial and research) at MSGC-affiliated institutions.  Member institutions (and individuals) are not limited to one proposal.

Merit: The merit of the proposal will be judged based on these criteria:

  • Clarity of the plan for building the NASA bridge to community colleges and improving STEM career outcomes for community college students
  • Alignment with NASA strategic interests
  • Strength of the proposal in demonstrating that the community college partner significantly incorporates underserved populations
  • Number of students within those populations that the program is expected to impact
  • Relationship between budget and statement of activities
  • Quality of the evaluation plan
  • Creativity and innovativeness

Use of funds: Funding can be used for salary, stipends, fringes, research supplies and services, and domestic travel.  MSGC funds cannot be applied toward foreign travel or the purchase of equipment.  According to 2 CFR 200.33, the definition of equipment is: tangible personal property (including information technology systems) having a useful life of more than one year and a per -unit acquisition cost which equals or exceeds the lesser of the capitalization level established by the non-Federal entity for financial statement purposes, or $5,000. See also §§200.12 Capital assets, 200.20 Computing devices, 200.48 General purpose equipment, 200.58 Information technology systems, 200.89 Special purpose equipment, and 200.94 Supplies.

Cost sharing: No cost sharing is required for this program nor will cost-sharing impact decisions regarding awards.  If cost-sharing is offered, the source of matching funds must be non-federal, identified, and confirmed by a letter from an individual with appropriate authority.  Information about allowable cost-sharing can be found in 2 CFR §200.306 and 2 CFR 1800.306.

Indirect costs (IDC):  IDC is allowed, but consideration should be given to the fact that IDC will lower the funding available for the program and decrease the unrecovered funds that can be applied for cost sharing.

Application Requirements

Approval from the Office of Research (if not UM) and the MSGC Campus Representative on the applicant’s campus is required prior to submission of an application to MSGC.  

Applications must be submitted online.  The proposal, which must be uploaded as a single pdf, should include the following. Use 12-pt font, 1″ margins, and single spacing. Tables and references may utilize a smaller font.

  1. Program description, including the following.  Limit:  4 pages.  
    • An abstract (not to exceed 150 words).
    • Community overview – describe the community that the community college serves, including demographics.
    • Strategic goal of the project and specific objectives within that goal.
    • Scope of the program – Describe what will be done in this program and how it relates to the objectives.
    • A timeline for the program, from implementation to completion, focusing on milestones.  Include information about when effort is expected to occur – summer, academic year, or both.
    • If partnering with one or more specific institutions, include information regarding the nature of the collaboration.
  2. Detailed budget, using the sample spreadsheet at the bottom of this webpage as a template.  The online application will require entry of the dollar amounts in the Total lines A – I.  Limit: 1 page.
  3. Budget narrative and details that substantiates costs.  The proposed budget shall be adequate, appropriate, reasonable, realistic, and demonstrate the effective use of funds (both NASA and cost-shared) to align with the proposed project/s. Direct Labor costs shall be separated by titles (e.g. professor, student, etc.) with estimated rates and total amounts of each.  Domestic travel shall include the purpose, the number of trips and expected location, duration of each trip, airfare, and per diem.  Other costs shall also shall be explained in reasonable detail and substantiated whenever possible. The certified negotiated indirect costs for the institution shall be explained sufficiently. The same shall be done for cost-shared funds.  No page limit.
  4. Biographical information for the PI. Page limit: 1 page.
  5. List of significant publications. Limit: 1 page.
  6. List of grants.  Note grants received in the last five years and grants pending.  Limit: 2 pages.
  7. Letter from the designated signer from the institution’s Office of Research verifying approval of the proposal (not required for UM because it is lead institution)..
  8. If applicable (not required), letter/s from authorized individual/s regarding commitment/s of the non-federal cost sharing.

Reporting Requirements for Award Recipients

A final report is required by May 31, 2021, giving a complete description of the activities funded by the MSGC Community College Collaboration Program award/s. Content in this report may be utilized in the MSGC Newsletter, Frontiers.  Report submission is accomplished by uploading the materials into a secure folder. The MSGC Program Manager will work with the applicant to see (college) student data uploaded into a secure folder as well. Personally Identifiable Information (PII) may not be emailed.  The following pdfs may be downloaded for complete reporting information:

Sample Budget Table